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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 23, 2012 |
One priest said Msgr. William J. Lynn treated victims of clergy sex abuse with compassion. Another testified that Lynn pressed accused priests to enter treatment, and urged his bosses to order hospitalization for any who resisted. A third noted that even regional vicars had more power than the secretary for clergy. The priests took the stand Tuesday as the first witnesses called by the defense in the landmark clergy sex-abuse trial against Lynn, the former clergy secretary for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
May 12, 2012 |
A few months after she started as operations director for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's clergy office in 2005, Louise Sullivan was given a task: Straighten up the file room. The exhaustive grand-jury investigation into alleged sex abuse by priests was over, and the 10th-floor room at the archdiocese's 17th Street headquarters was a mess. Cardboard boxes, files, and papers cluttered the floor. Atop one corner cabinet, Sullivan noticed a small, locked combination safe.