February 10, 2014 |
Standing 6-foot-1, Jenna Carroll can take over a basketball game. With long arms and a good vertical leap, the senior forward for Methacton is an imposing presence in the paint and a force on the boards. The versatile Carroll is also a hard task for opposing defenders because of her solid ballhandling, quick moves, and ability to post up on the block. Possession after possession in the second half against Pope John Paul II on Saturday, Carroll demonstrated just how dangerous she can be on both ends of the floor.
February 4, 2014 |
Susan Bossler remembers the first time she met Ellen Chernaskey. A junior transfer at Pope John Paul II from Berks Catholic, Bossler was a little bit nervous about meeting her new basketball team when Chernaskey, the only senior on the squad, went right up to her and starting talking. Bossler immediately knew she made the right choice in changing schools after such a warm welcome. That has been Chernaskey's modus operandi: She helps her teammates. The Golden Panthers' coach, Dave Baker, called his leader "unbelievable," adding that she is willing to do whatever it takes to foster a new energy in the program.
November 2, 2013 |
Sammy Stipa scored once and assisted on another goal Thursday, and Spring-Ford cruised past host Strath Haven, 4-1, to earn District 1's fifth and final ticket to next week's PIAA Class AAA girls' soccer tournament. Strath Haven entered the District 1 tournament as the third seed, and Spring-Ford was No. 8. Stipa, a senior, put the Rams ahead, 2-0, in the first half on a header off a cross from Gabrielle Vagnozzi, who had scored the team's first goal. Megan Giannopoulos scored in the second half to put the Rams ahead, 3-1, before Stipa sealed the win by assisting on a goal by Aley Kate McKinley.
September 22, 2013
SOCCER CATHOLIC LEAGUE Bonner-Prendergast 1, Conwell-Egan 0: Bonner-Prendergast needed only two shots to get the win at Conwell-Egan on Friday. Sean O'Connell set up Pat Lutes on a set piece, and Lutes scored with 50 minutes left. Conwell-Egan outshot Bonner-Prendergast, 20-2, but Jon Mathis made 10 saves to earn the shutout and the win. Roman Catholic 1, Cardinal O'Hara 0: Mariano Cepeda took advantage of a breakaway in the first half, and Roman Catholic held on for the win at O'Hara.
September 15, 2013
FIELD HOCKEY Catholic League Cardinal O'Hara 6, Conwell-Egan 0: The visiting Lions scored four times in the first half Friday and improved to 4-1. It was O'Hara's fourth shutout of the season. Archbishop Carroll 8, Archbishop Ryan 0: Freshman midfielder Samantha Swart scored her first career varsity goal and added an assist in host Carroll's win. Gracie McClatchy and Gabby Sutter scored two goals each. Pioneer Athletic Conference Owen J. Roberts 1, Perkiomen Valley 0: The visiting Wildcats' Maddie Mullen scored on a corner with 4 minutes, 50 seconds remaining in the first half.
August 9, 2013
IF HE really had the power, Pope Francis would be a lot more lenient than his predecessors and would seriously shake up things in the Vatican. He reminds me so much of Pope John Paul I (from the reading I've done of the latter). I don't know why it surprises anyone that Pope Francis would do things for himself and not live in opulence while preaching the opposite. Jesuits are not diocesan priests: These dudes actually take a vow of poverty and aren't restricted to mainly working in parishes, as diocesan priests mainly are. The article by Will Bunch seemed to lay much of the blame for the Catholic Church's hardline stances on social issues at the feet of Benedict XVI. While he was certainly far from liberal and was the architect of many of those stances, he probably felt the need to continue the hard-line, rather boorish conservative stance of the Church that was the order of the day during the horrific reign of Karol Wojtyla.
August 1, 2013
POPE FRANCIS is a little bit like that chatty friend up the street who gives you his opinion on everything, even when you haven't asked. He is garrulous, joyful, easy to approach (just ask his apoplectic bodyguards who have to keep him from straying off course in crowds) and quite candid about anything and everything. If he were Jewish and did stand-up, he would have made a terrific addition to the old Catskill circuit. You might be saying that this is a rather sacrilegious way to be talking about the Vicar of Christ, but his most recent appearances in public almost invite this type of familiarity.
July 10, 2013 |
Pope Francis is proving himself to be a genuinely holy man, a brilliant politician, and a leader who knows that reform requires a keen understanding of how creating a better future demands sophisticated invocations of the past. Nothing demonstrated all three traits better than Francis' announcement that he would make both Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints. The obvious political analysis here is correct: On the whole, conservative Catholics will cheer swift sainthood for John Paul, while progressive Catholics will welcome the news that an overly long process of elevating John to the same status had reached its culmination.
July 7, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Friday cleared two of the 20th century's most influential popes to be declared saints, approving a miracle needed to canonize Pope John Paul II and waiving Vatican rules to honor Pope John XXIII. It was a remarkable show of papal authority and confirmed Francis' willingness to bend church tradition when it comes to things he cares deeply about. Both popes are also closely identified with the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 meetings that brought the Catholic Church into modern times, an indication that Francis clearly wants to make a statement about the council's role in shaping the church today.
July 7, 2013 |
Denise Baron was 9, a fourth grader at St. Adalbert School in Port Richmond, when she and her classmates filed past the man in red robes. She could not pronounce his name, and now, 37 years later, she can't recall whether he touched her head or her shoulders. What she remembers clearly, though, is going home that night knowing she had been blessed by a great man. "Being Catholic and Polish, I knew that being in his presence was pretty cool," Baron said. "As a little kid, you went, 'Wow!