February 26, 2014 |
A Philadelphia judge on Monday barred prosecution and defense lawyers from making public comments during the upcoming trial of the Rev. Andrew McCormick, the Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy at a Northeast Philadelphia church in 1997. Common Pleas Court Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright issued the gag order after a pretrial hearing began dealing with sensitive evidentiary issues, and she granted a defense motion to go behind closed doors. Jury selection begins Tuesday in the trial of the 57-year-old priest on five counts involving sexual assault, child endangerment, and corrupting minors in an incident that allegedly occurred when McCormick was a priest at St. John Cantius Church in Bridesburg.
March 6, 2014 |
After three days of prosecution testimony, the sexual-assault trial of Catholic priest Andrew McCormick moves to the defense Wednesday with the priest's lawyers saying they have not decided whether their client will testify. On Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Kristen Kemp completed her case in a day dominated by a former Bridesburg altar boy's conflicted testimony about his relationship with McCormick. Adam Visconto, now 27, told the Common Pleas Court jury that McCormick was an influential spiritual mentor at St. John Cantius parish in Bridesburg.
March 1, 2014 |
Ten years old, trying to accept his homosexuality and cope with his parents' imminent breakup, the young man was thrilled when "Father Andy" asked him to be an altar boy. "I thought it was great, I thought he was like my friend," said the now 26-year-old man. And it was great, until one night after an evening Mass in December 1997, when, he said, the Rev. Andrew McCormick took him to his bedroom in the rectory, undressed him, and tried to force...
March 7, 2014 |
HIS FACE turning red yesterday, the Rev. Andrew McCormick turned toward the nine women and three men who will decide his fate and blurted out: "I want the jury to know that I never molested [a former altar boy]. I want to convince you of that. " Moments later, when asked by defense lawyer William J. Brennan if he had ever molested any of the estimated 700 altar boys he came in contact with over 14 years at a Bridesburg church, McCormick, 57, was succinct: "Never," he said, bringing his lawyer's brief questioning to a sudden conclusion.
May 30, 2001
THREE GENERATIONS of admirers showed up last month for the Bread and Roses Community Fund's tribute to the Rev. David Gracie. Gracie couldn't make it. He was terminally ill. Funeral Mass is today at the Church of Advocate in North Philadelphia. During the turbulent '70s and '80s, Gracie's name was in the headlines frequently - in the forefront of the struggles for peace and civil rights, against poverty and police brutality. The Episcopal priest took his battles to the streets of Philadelphia, often espousing unpopular causes and challenging the establishment.
July 20, 1994 |
The Rev. Francis Fittipaldi, 70, of Saint Thomas Monastery at Villanova University, died Friday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. The seventh of nine children, Father Fittipaldi was born in Philadelphia and was a member of Saint Rita Parish on Broad Street. In 1939, he became a postulant at the Augustinian Academy in Staten Island, N.Y. He professed his simple vows in 1944 and solemn vows in 1947. He graduated from Villanova College, now Villanova University, in 1948 with a degree in philosophy.
July 7, 2011 |
WILMINGTON - A priest has pleaded guilty to felony theft after being charged with embezzling more than $350,000 from two parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. The Rev. Cornelius Breslin, 59, entered the plea Wednesday in New Castle County Superior Court. Breslin pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft over $100,000. He is to be sentenced Sept. 23.
October 10, 1994 |
An 82-year-old Roman Catholic priest who left his North Philadelphia rectory to holler at a teen-ager breaking into cars was in serious condition last night after the youth punched and kicked him to the ground, police said. Cops collared a 15-year-old suspect an hour after the 4:30 p.m. attack. He was jailed. The priest, the Rev. Joseph Burton, was at Hahnemann University Hospital in serious condition with multiple injuries. Police said the priest, who lives at the rectory of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 5th Street and Girard Avenue, saw the teen breaking into cars parked in the church lot. He went out to confront the youth, police said, but the thieving tough set upon the priest and beat him. After knocking Burton to the ground with his fists and feet, police said the youth went through the priest's pockets and fled.
December 7, 1996 |
As Philadelphia police yesterday continued to investigate Thursday's hit-and-run death of an 81-year-old, partially blind Roman Catholic priest, the District Attorney's Office was contemplating charges against the woman suspected of driving the car that hit him. The Rev. Edward Joseph Donahue, a retired Redemptorist priest, was crossing Franklin Street near Girard Avenue in North Philadelphia at 3:45 p.m. when a car going south on Franklin struck...
May 29, 1992 |
Sometime or another, tinkering must give way to unveiling. For Marc Priest, a senior righthander at Central, the time was yesterday (nothing outlandish there) and the occasion was a Public League baseball quarterfinal (say what?!). Although he never had thrown a knuckle curve in competition, Priest used one early and often in pitching the Lancers to a 6-2 victory over visiting Northeast. "I'd been having trouble with my regular curveball lately," Priest said. "I stayed after practice (Wednesday)