July 18, 1994 |
In my first visit to a women's shelter, in 1985, I looked closely at the arms and legs of Yardena, who had just arrived. Shock 1: That anyone would beat such a tiny woman. Shock 2: That Yardena had gone back to her husband after he knocked out her front tooth two years earlier. Shock 3: That her mother told her, "I survived it; you'll get through it. " Shock 4: That her father said, "There'll be no divorce dishonor in our family. " Shock 5: That a rabbi she went to see about getting a divorce said, "He's promised he'll never again lift a hand to you. Go home for the sake of shalom bayit (household harmony)
May 31, 2012 |
The defense in the clergy sex-abuse trial rested Tuesday after Msgr. William J. Lynn ended three days' contentious testimony the way he began - asserting he had done his best to protect children but had lacked the power to do more. "I did much more than had been done before I got there," Lynn said, later adding: "I have many victims that told me I helped them. " After the former Archdiocese of Philadelphia clergy secretary left the witness stand, the landmark trial moved briskly toward a conclusion.
December 28, 2000 |
Mayor Street is going to jail on New Year's Day - four jails, in fact - in addition to marching in the Mummers Parade. Street wants 100 pastors to join him in prayer services for inmates at the city's four major prisons. It kicks off a major initiative to link inmates and their families with Philadelphia's faith community for help in righting their lives. The call went out yesterday for ministers to sign up for the visit, the day after Street met with about 30 clergy to plan the effort, said aide George Burrell.
March 20, 1998 |
Get ready for the spring holy wars. Anticipating City Council consideration of domestic partnership benefits for lesbian and gay couples, about 100 religious and community leaders visited Council yesterday to register strong and spirited opposition. Pastor Roger Hickernell of the Third Baptist Church in South Philadelphia condemned Council members for "trying to take what is unnatural and make it naturally acceptable. " "Standing before God, these men and women on the Council are going to have to answer for their decision," Hickernell said.
April 14, 2015 |
Two Philadelphia clergy members visited the McDonald's restaurant at Broad and Arch Streets on Sunday afternoon with a group of activists, blessed the hands of a restaurant employee, and spoke about "God's call for economic justice. " The surprise showing was part of the organization POWER's effort to have the minimum working wage raised to $15 an hour and improve working conditions for low-wage employees. The clergy members used olive oil Sunday to anoint the hands of a McDonald's employee and two other fast-food workers as a prelude to a national walkout scheduled for Wednesday to protest the need for a higher minimum wage.
December 2, 1988 |
Camden County and Camden city officials last night enlisted the aid of about 25 members of the Christian clergy in fighting a drug problem in Camden. "The time has come when the city of Camden cannot tolerate the drug problem on our streets," Camden Police Chief Bob Pugh told the clergy attending a meeting at Camden's police administration building. Pugh said that police could not wage the battle against drugs alone and that the best way to reach people was through the churches.
July 4, 1995 |
The Rev. Joe Hyatt says the questions have changed little since he first interviewed for a pastorship 15 years ago: Are you married? Are you engaged? Are you dating? Do you want to date? "Married" may not have been in the job description, but it soon became clear singles needn't apply. In the years since, Mr. Hyatt has joined the New Covenant Brethren in Christ Church in Quakertown, but not before several bouts with church boards that found his single status insurmountable.
December 17, 2000 |
By the end of the Revolutionary War, the Church of England - with its special relationship with the English monarchy - was finished in America. The Anglican community in this country was facing a crisis of survival. Yet out of the chaos there emerged in this region one of the era's most notable religious leaders: the Rev. William White, the first bishop of both the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States and the Diocese of Pennsylvania. During the colonial period, the Church of England flourished in the crown colonies, where there was direct royal control.
June 10, 2012
In a speech before 200 clergy, former mayor W. Wilson Goode encouraged the faith community to cast stigma aside and speak up on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS. Goode, who is now an ordained minister, made the remarks Saturday at a conference for clergy hosted by Philadelphia FIGHT, an AIDS service organization. The group's Second Annual Conference for Faith Leaders to Focus on HIV featured workshops on women and youth issues, fear in the church, and how to start an HIV/Aids ministry.
June 23, 2012 |
UPDATED 5:45 P.M. As the jury foreman read the verdict, Monsignor William J. Lynn turned very red, his family in the two rows behind him crying. Father James Brennan dropped his head to the table as if overcome with emotion, faced with a likely retrial. Lynn was found guilty of one count of child endangerment in the landmark clergy sex-abuse case. The foreman said the jury was hung after 13 days of deliberations on Brennan's charges. Lead prosecutor Patrick Blessington angrily declared he would seek the maximum seven year prison term for the monsignor, and, describing him as a flight risk, immediately moved to revoke the Lynn's bail.