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October 25, 2001 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Msgr. James F. Baldrick, 65, pastor of Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church in Plymouth Meeting, died of brain cancer Sunday at St. Joseph Villa in Flourtown. Msgr. Baldrick had been pastor at Epiphany Church for eight years and previously had been pastor for seven years at Sacred Heart Church in Oxford, Chester County. After he became ill last year, he continued to perform his priestly duties until last month - making sick calls and counseling his parishioners. Msgr.
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October 11, 1992 | By Bill Ordine, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Msgr. Arthur P. DiGiacomo, pastor of the Annunciation B.V.M Church at 10th and Dickinson Streets since 1969, died Thursday at the parish rectory. Msgr. DiGiacomo, 69, frequently gave invocations for many of the city's Columbus Day celebrations and was given the Liberty Bell Award by then-Mayor Frank L. Rizzo. In 1969, Msgr. DiGiacomo was made grand chaplain to the Order of the Sons of Italy of Philadelphia, and in 1974 the Italian Consul bestowed on him the honorary title of Cavaliere.
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May 28, 1992 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Catholic priest who lectures at Congregation Ohev Shalom. A Catholic priest who is co-pastor of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church. Those are just two of the ways parishioners and friends have come to know Msgr. Frederick J. Stevenson, pastor emeritus of St. John Chrysostom Church in Nether Providence. For decades, he has served an extended congregation. "We call him the Jewish monsignor, and we love him. We have had him here many times to lecture to the adults, speak with the teens and talk from the pulpit," said Rabbi Joseph Kaplan of Congregation Ohev Shalom in Wallingford.
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October 29, 1996 | By Ralph Cipriano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He's a 5-foot-5 monk from Lebanon who walks through the Italian Market, hearing confessions from butchers, bakers and fruit peddlers. He's Msgr. Sharbel R. Lischaa, who's always on call for the merchants on Ninth Street, as well as the 80 families who make up his Maronite Catholic church at 10th and Ellsworth in South Philadelphia. The congregation at St. Maron's includes Lebanese and Italians, an African American family, and Vietnamese and Chinese Catholics. The monsignor also receives Muslim and Gypsy visitors at his tiny rowhouse rectory.
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August 15, 1991 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Msgr. Robert P. Maginnis stared past the stark white walls and paisley curtains, out the rectory window at his parish church of four years, St. Alphonsus in Maple Glen. The newly appointed vicar of Montgomery County rarely altered his gaze as he recalled his life, from boyhood in Northeast Philadelphia to his new post as the county's highest-ranking Catholic official. His memory of his May 13, 1961, ordination is especially vivid. "I remember the tremendous joy I had as I was lying on the floor of the cathedral sanctuary.
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February 22, 1989 | By Donna St. George, Inquirer Staff Writer
Msgr. James T. Walmsley, 70, who presided at St. Dorothy Church in Drexel Hill and was remembered for bringing church members the same warm compassion that he had always brought his family, died Sunday at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Sturdy and bespectacled, with thinning hair and expressive features, Msgr. Walmsley had served the 2,400 families of St. Dorothy's since 1974. And during nearly 15 years at the Delaware County parish, the monsignor became known as a leader who extended himself.
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February 2, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Msgr. Henry B. Degnan, 91, retired pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Aston, who delivered wise counsel and one-liners along with the homily, died Monday, Jan. 28, of a heart attack at Mercy Suburban Hospital. "It's heaven's gain," said the Rev. Joseph C. Dieckhaus of Exton, a friend and colleague. Msgr. Degnan, known as "Harry," was born on Aug. 20, 1921, the Feast of St. Bernard, from which his middle name was derived. Raised in Norristown, Msgr. Degnan attended St. Patrick School, but was expected to take public transportation to West Catholic High School for Boys.
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December 17, 1986 | By Tom Fox, Inquirer Editorial Board
They say you can't go home again, but Msgr. Charles V. Devlin, the pastor of St. John's Catholic Church on South 13th Street, between Market and Chestnut Streets, isn't so sure about that. He grew up down the street and around the corner from St. John's - in an old rooming house at 12th and Locust. Now he's back in the old neighborhood as the shepherd of his old parish and, with Christmas on the wing, he's filled with all sorts of warm and tender memories of a childhood spent on the asphalt of a Philadelphia that is no more.
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December 28, 1994 | By Ralph Cipriano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A police car with flashing lights led a hearse and four limousines slowly down Eighth Street in South Philadelphia yesterday, past rowhouses with angels and Santa Clauses in the windows, toward the Termini Bros. Bakery. The Cannoli King was taking his last ride. Joseph Termini, known to his employees and customers as "Mr. Joe," took one last trip past the bakery where he spent his life, before the funeral procession headed over the bridge, to a private burial in New Jersey.
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August 17, 1991 | By John P. Martin, Special to The Inquirer
By March 1988, more than two years after he signed a makeshift agreement to help a friend establish a preserve for peregrine falcons on church land, Msgr. Charles J. Schaeflein just wanted out. "I'm in between my loyalty to the archdiocese and my commitment to this contract, and whichever way I go, I am a loser," he testified in Bucks County Court yesterday. "I'm trapped. " Msgr. Schaeflein's exasperation was evident as he testifed about his role in a dispute that began when St. Andrew's Church in Newtown inherited part of an estate six years ago. The priest, 72, who resigned as pastor in 1989 at the archdiocese's request, conceded that he did not properly alert archdiocesan officials when he agreed to sell land along Eagle Road in 1986 to Nancy Washo, a longtime friend.
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June 10, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
    ARCHBISHOP Charles Chaput announced yesterday that a monsignor could return to ministry because allegations that he sexually abused minors 20 years ago were "unsubstantiated. " Chaput said that Monsignor Joseph L. Logrip is "suitable for ministry," although archdiocese spokesman Ken Gavin said that his "return to active ministry is not immediate. " Logrip, 67, had been placed on administrative leave following the February 2011 grand-jury report on sexual abuse by local priests.
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June 10, 2014 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Sunday reinstated a priest on leave since 2011, ending what had been an unprecedented investigation into more than two dozen clergy members over child sex abuse allegations. Chaput said an archdiocesan investigation found no evidence to substantiate claims that Msgr. Joseph L. Logrip sexually abused minors more than two decades ago. Chaput's decision frees Logrip to again present himself as a priest and resume his role in the ministry. Logrip was one of 26 Catholic clerics put on administrative leave by Cardinal Francis Rigali after a February 2011 grand jury report.
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January 8, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
MONSIGNOR William Lynn left court yesterday afternoon swarmed by reporters and a few hecklers, the latter shouting "pedophile," saying he should "burn in hell" and telling him to stay away from their children. Stern-faced and 80 pounds thinner than when he was sent to prison, Lynn, 63, ignored both the reporters and the hecklers as he and his supporters walked quickly across Filbert Street. Lynn, accused of moving pedophile priests from parish to parish, was convicted in 2012 on one count of child endangerment.
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January 3, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
MONSIGNOR William Lynn has not been released from state prison in northeastern Pennsylvania yet, but life is looking rosier for him in the new year. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on New Year's Eve posted $25,000, or 10 percent of his $250,000 bail, enough to free him. But Lynn, the Archdiocese's former secretary for clergy, still needs to have his electronic-monitoring system set up and may not be freed "until the end of the week or next week," his attorney, Thomas Bergstrom, said yesterday.
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December 30, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
A COMMON PLEAS judge who once excoriated Monsignor William Lynn for shielding "monsters in clerical garb" will now decide if he'll be able to get out of prison. Judge M. Teresa Sarmina will preside Monday over a bail hearing for Lynn, who on Thursday learned that the Superior Court of Pennsylvania had overturned his 2012 conviction on a felony child-endangerment charge. The three-judge appeals panel sided with Lynn's lawyers, who argued that the state child-endangerment law that was in effect while Lynn served as the secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia applied only to parents and guardians of children.
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December 28, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Allison Steele, and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
A state appeals court on Thursday reversed the conviction of Msgr. William J. Lynn, the former Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia administrator who became the first church official nationwide to be tried and imprisoned for covering up child sex-abuse by priests. In a 43-page opinion, a three-judge Superior Court panel wrote that prosecutors and a judge misapplied the state's child-endangerment law by claiming Lynn was criminally responsible because he supervised a priest, Edward Avery, when Avery sexually abused an altar boy in the mid-1990s.
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September 19, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The legal theory underpinning the landmark prosecution of the first Catholic Church official convicted in the clergy sex-abuse scandal came under attack Tuesday before Pennsylvania's Superior Court. Arguing before a three-judge panel in Philadelphia, the lawyer for Msgr. William J. Lynn said Lynn's 2012 conviction for child endangerment cannot be affirmed either under the state's original statute or the amended version enacted in 2007. Lynn, 62, was convicted of allowing a priest with a history of sexually abusing children to live in the rectory of a Northeast Philadelphia parish, where he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old altar boy in 1999.
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July 6, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Monsignor James A. Carr, 86, a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden who wore just about every hat a diocesan administrator could wear, died Friday, June 28. "He was always happy, always upbeat," recalled Ruth Bernert, a former assistant to several bishops who still works in the diocesan chancery. A Philadelphia native whose family moved to Holy Name parish in Camden, the future cleric attended Camden Catholic High School, where he played baseball and basketball. Tall and muscular, he later served as a military police officer in the Army before entering pre-law studies at Georgetown University.
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February 2, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Msgr. Henry B. Degnan, 91, retired pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Aston, who delivered wise counsel and one-liners along with the homily, died Monday, Jan. 28, of a heart attack at Mercy Suburban Hospital. "It's heaven's gain," said the Rev. Joseph C. Dieckhaus of Exton, a friend and colleague. Msgr. Degnan, known as "Harry," was born on Aug. 20, 1921, the Feast of St. Bernard, from which his middle name was derived. Raised in Norristown, Msgr. Degnan attended St. Patrick School, but was expected to take public transportation to West Catholic High School for Boys.
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August 10, 2012 | BY CHRISTINE FLOWERS
THE LAW is not always just. Sometimes, it can be downright spiteful. Take the case of Monsignor William Lynn, the first (but probably not the last) high-ranking clergyman to be convicted of child endangerment. To our knowledge, Lynn never laid a finger on an altar boy, never downloaded porn to his computer, and never did any of the other horrific things that we now know happened over the past few decades. But he is being held responsible for those who did those things, because he didn't do enough to protect the innocent from in-house predators.
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