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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.
NEWS
July 20, 1994 | By Kelly T. Yee, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 7, 2011 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
October 10, 1994 | by Kurt Heine, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 7, 1996 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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...
SPORTS
May 29, 1992 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
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)
NEWS
February 14, 1987 | By Douglas J. Keating, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Mass Appeal, a priest who desires only to be popular and keep his parishioners content clashes with a seminarian who wants to challenge his fellow Catholics to do good and think deeply about their faith. You can probably guess which character in Bill C. Davis' play is changed by the confrontation. It is obvious from the beginning of this well-written play that the personable, political Father Tim Farley, who avoids controversy at all cost, will be transformed by his encounter with the earnest, honest, spiritual Mark Dolson.
NEWS
December 8, 1987 | By TYREE JOHNSON, Daily News Staff Writer
A Roman Catholic priest said a sheriff's deputy threw him to the ground and hit his head against a marble wall during an "unprovoked attack" yesterday while he was leading a peaceful demonstration inside a City Hall corridor. Father Steve Perzan said the incident occurred while he was leading chants of "Stop the Sheriff's Sale" with a group of about 200 people, who were prevented from attending the monthly tax sales because the City Hall room was crowded. "It was an unprovoked attack," said Perzan, 42, a priest at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 20th and Christian streets, South Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 13, 1991 | by Kathy Brennan, Daily News Staff Writer
With hands clasped in front of him, John J. Donahue listened to a 20-minute lecture from Municipal Judge Louis J. Presenza on his seeming remorselessness before being sentenced yesterday to five years' probation for killing a priest with his car. Citing testimony from Donahue's mother and a psychotherapist describing the plump, 21-year-old, part-time miniature-golf attendant as cold and uncommunicative, Presenza ordered Donahue to seek therapy as...
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November 17, 1989 | By Kathy Brennan and Jack McGuire, Daily News Staff Writers The Associated Press contributed to this report
A Roman Catholic priest who had been undergoing drug therapy was arrested earlier this week for allegedly buying three vials of cocaine from a drug dealer, police said. The Rev. Gerard Marable, 33, who had been enrolled in a drug program at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Glassboro, N.J., since September, was arrested Tuesday, said the pastor, the Rev. William Buchler. Undercover detectives observed Marable buying three vials of a pinkish, chunky substance at 3 p.m. at 15th and Wallace streets in North Philadelphia, police said.
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May 18, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has called all Catholic priests from Southeastern Pennsylvania to meetings Tuesday to discuss proposed state legislation, as lawmakers in Harrisburg this week consider a bill that for the first time would allow some victims of child sex abuse to sue their attackers and the institutions that employed them. The priests have been asked to attend one of two meetings, at 2 and 7 p.m., at St. Helena Church in Blue Bell, Montgomery County, according to a person with knowledge of the event.
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March 16, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A Montgomery County priest is among a select group of pastors who can now absolve sins that normally can only be forgiven by the pope. Rev. Monsignor George A. Majoros, the parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish in Bridgeport, was commissioned as a "missionary of mercy" for Pope Francis' jubilee year of mercy. He is among about 1,000 priests from around the world who were given the authority to absolve sins normally "reserved to the Holy See. " They include offenses like abortion, violence against the pope, or a priest who violates the secrecy of confession.
NEWS
March 9, 2016
They knew and they let it happen! To kids! That's a quote from the movie Spotlight attributed to real-life reporter Mike Rezendes when he was investigating Boston priests accused of sexually molesting altar boys and other children 15 years ago. The comment could just as well be applied to Pennsylvania authorities who for decades did precious little to stop similar abuse by priests and cover-ups by religious leaders in the Roman Catholic...
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March 7, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe and Maria Panaritis, STAFF WRITERS
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - In January, a deputy attorney general and two agents walked into a judge's chambers here with questions. They wanted to discuss a meeting decades earlier that had ended with a "monster" priest being allowed to go free. Back in 1985, Cambria County Judge Patrick T. Kiniry had been a local prosecutor, and met with Bishop James Hogan to discuss a priest suspected of sexually abusing children. As leader of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, the bishop had outsize influence in the area.
NEWS
March 4, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - One day after a grand jury report accused the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese of hiding or ignoring decades of clergy sex abuse, a judge sentenced one of those priests Wednesday to more than 16 years in prison for sexually assaulting two boys during missionary trips to Honduras. U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson also ordered the Rev. Joseph Maurizio, 70, to pay a $50,000 fine and $10,000 in restitution to each child. Gibson did not mention the separate investigation or report by state prosecutors, but criticized Maurizio for preying upon vulnerable children and hiding behind his collar.
NEWS
March 3, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
In a scathing report that took aim at Catholic leaders, a Pennsylvania grand jury on Tuesday accused bishops of ignoring or hiding decades of sexual abuse by priests and religious leaders against hundreds of children in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. The panel recommended no charges against the 34 priests it named in its 147-page report, one that resembled, in tone and substance, a grand jury report that a decade ago lambasted the Philadelphia Archdiocese. The abuse in Altoona had been so pervasive, the probe found, a bishop created a "payout chart" to guide how much money a victim deserved for offenses ranging from over-the-clothes fondling to sodomy.
NEWS
February 19, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
By the time he was in high school, Mark Haynes felt called to devote his life to the Catholic priesthood. But from a much earlier age, his lawyer said Wednesday, Haynes realized something else that set him apart - an unshakable feeling that by some accident of genetics, he had been born a woman stuck in the body of a man. Haynes' therapist would later conclude that the dissonance between his vocation and the condition he came to view as an affliction...
NEWS
February 11, 2016
ISSUE | INCLUSION A priest who cares For St. John Chrysostom Church to involve those with disabilities in the life and worship of the parish, it took the Rev. Edward J. Hallinan to listen ("Open arms," Tuesday). After noticing that families dealing with disabilities frequently didn't attend Mass, the pastor did what, in my experience, Catholic pastors rarely do. Instead of berating the families for their absence, he met with them and asked how the church could make them feel more welcome.
NEWS
January 21, 2016 | BY JASON NARK, Staff Writer
A SIMPLE WORD played a big role in Christine Parker's long life: Yes. She said yes when people asked for help, yes to invitations, and yes to travel and to singing every day. "She was very much someone who did things," said Gloria Shabazz, Christine's youngest child. "She never really talked about volunteering, she just did it. She just helped people. She wasn't resumé-building or trying to get into a good school, she was just trying to do the right thing. " Christine Parker, 93, who married an Episcopal priest and served alongside him in three cities, taking on other jobs as well, died Jan. 13 at Sunrise of Lafayette Hill, the assistant-living facility where she lived.
NEWS
January 18, 2016
Orlando R. Barone is a writer in Doylestown He was the finest athlete I ever saw up close, certainly the best I ever played against. I got to know him in high school, where he was a varsity baseball player. I sat right behind him in homeroom for two of our four years at Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, because of the alphabet. He was Atkinson; I was Barone. He was unassuming and good-natured, but not the sort of person who would up and decide to become a priest. When he up and decided to become a priest, I was surprised.
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