August 28, 2015 |
WHEN STEFAN Johnson was just a kid, he served as an altar boy at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul during a dark period in Philadelphia's history, when murdered cop after murdered cop was laid to rest there between 2007 and 2009. Meanwhile, Stefan's own father, whom he has never met outside of prison walls, was serving a life sentence for abetting in a double murder for hire. A few years later, when Stefan was a college student at Villanova University, he spent many quiet moments alone inside the hallowed walls of the basilica every Sunday night before locking it up. At just 18, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia had entrusted Stefan with the security of its mother church - and he never let the church down.
June 13, 2016 |
Already heartbroken that the city's first black Catholic church, St. Peter Claver, may soon be for sale, former parishioners were dismayed when a lawyer for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia mispronounced the name of the historic icon during a court hearing last week. "Oh, it's a dagger in the heart to hear that ," said advocate Faye Anderson after Nina Stryker, an attorney for the archdiocese, pronounced "Claver" as rhyming with cadaver instead of with flavor . The gaffe was interpreted as a sign of insensitivity by the archdiocese toward black Catholics fighting to avert what they see as the irretrievable loss of their mother church at 12th and Lombard Streets and a vital cultural symbol.
October 7, 1986
Janine Wedel's "The church's influence in Poland is political" (Op-ed Page, Sept. 27) is admittedly an anthropologist's look at the situation in Poland. Ms. Wedel is unwittingly describing the perennial work of the church throughout the world against ignorance and concupiscence, Poland no exception. She fails to realize: "It is impossible without Christ," in the words of Pope John Paul II, "to understand the history of the people who have passed or are passing through this land" of Poland.
January 13, 1992 |
As Bishop S.C. Madison, who also goes by the title of "Sweet Precious Daddy Madison," made his way through the congregation at the United House of Prayer for All People, money was thrust at him from all sides. "Here, Sweet Daddy. Over here," shouted one woman who simply wanted the bishop to touch her hand. Looking at this unabashed admiration of Madison last night from close to 2,000 people who packed the church, at 16th and Fitzwater streets, it was hard to believe there are deep dissensions within this South Philadelphia church.
March 13, 1992 |
Eleven members of the troubled Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith have been charged in connection with a bloody brawl at the church last month. Charges against the 11 range from aggravated assault to conspiracy. Ten of the suspects gave themselves up at the South Detective Division, 24th and Wolf streets, yesterday. The suspects agreed to surrender after an investigation began of charges made by Kevin Brooks, 25, and several other men, who complained they were set upon inside the church at 22nd and Bainbridge streets last Feb. 23, beaten, kicked and thrown out of the building.
October 28, 1991 |
After only three years of existence, the African American Catholic Congress is experiencing the same type of pains common to many established churches hundreds of years older. Political battles, philosophical differences, ego clashes and even death threats have befallen the fledgling church. Some members have already left the mother church, Imani Temple at 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue, to follow its first pastor, the Rev. Randolph H. Caines Jr., while others have opted to stay with the new minister, the Rev. Rose Vernell.
December 15, 2006 |
It was once known as "Little Ukraine," a swath of North Philadelphia along Franklin Street, north of Spring Garden Street and south of Girard Avenue. Others might have called it "East Poplar" or Northern Liberties. But for Slavic immigrants, it had the ethnic resonance of South Philly or Chinatown. It was where neighbors spoke Ukrainian, where shop signs were written in the Cyrillic alphabet. And there was the cathedral - St. Mary's, informally, to earlier generations; now the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
June 6, 1994 |
Showing a mixture of frustration and defiance, about 50 people stood on the white steps of St. Peter Claver Church at 12th and Lombard Streets yesterday morning, vowing to keep the historically black church functioning as a place of worship. Bolstered by song and prayer - and occasionally using harsh language that denounced Philadelphia's Catholic leaders as "racist" and "sinners" - black and white worshipers gathered at 9:30 in the morning, not knowing if they would be locked out of the building.
April 17, 1997 |
Clara Ballard, a devoted churchwoman and minister's wife for more than 65 years, will be remembered Saturday at services in West Philadelphia, where she lived. Ballard, who often reached out to help children caught up in troubled situations, died Monday. She was 90. "Her outreach to people was amazing," said her husband of 69 years, the Rev. Dr. Marion O. Ballard. "She could meet people for the first time, and her demeanor was just like she had known them forever. " The clergyman held the pulpit at Tindley Temple and other Methodist churches during an era when African-American ministers were fighting for recognition and better treatment of the black community.
May 19, 2012 |
After calling nearly 50 witnesses and presenting close to 1,900 documents over eight weeks, prosecutors on Thursday rested their case in the landmark trial involving child sex abuse by Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests. The team of district attorneys ended by letting jurors handle what they contend is the closest thing to a smoking gun in the case: a tattered gray folder that had been hidden in a locked safe at archdiocesan offices for more than a decade. Inside were handwritten and typed records, including a list that Msgr.