April 18, 1986 |
Edward Dugan, 21, told a judge yesterday he was glad he was arrested and prosecuted for stabbing and wounding a West Chester priest Sept. 18, 1985, because at the time he was addicted to drugs and alcohol and "I might have killed somebody. " Dugan, of Philip Street near Porter, was sentenced to 16 months to 10 years by Common Pleas Judge Victor J. DiNubile Jr. because "of the severity of the offense. " Dugan pleaded no defense Jan. 31 to charges of robbery and aggravated assault.
December 5, 1989 |
A Bucks County priest who set off a controversy in 1986 by agreeing to sell a parcel of church property as a sanctuary for peregrine falcons has been transferred from the parish he headed for 12 years. Msgr. Charles J. Schaeflein was transferred last week from St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church of Newtown, a parish with 2,400 families, to Mount Nazareth, a residence for 54 retired nuns on the grounds of Nazareth Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia. Msgr. Schaeflein, 70, also was named pastor emeritus of St. Andrew's.
January 14, 1987 |
The Rev. Thomas McGann, a Roman Catholic priest charged last week along with three other people with destroying three government aircraft at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station, has been suspended indefinitely from his priestly duties. The Chancery's office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia suspended Father McGann on Monday from acting as a priest and removed him from his assistant pastorship at the Resurrection of Our Lord Church in Chester. The Rev. John J. Sibel, communications director for the Archdiocese, said yesterday that Father McGann's actions at the naval base were "so blatant" that he did not think any further statement from the Archdiocese was necessary.
July 8, 2001 |
With papal blessing, a Philadelphia priest has written and released a condensation of one of Pope John Paul II's major books, Love and Responsibility. The unusual project was the brainchild of Msgr. Vincent M. Walsh, pastor of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church in Wynnewood and author of 15 inspirational books. In an interview last week, Msgr. Walsh, 65, said he was moved to pen Love and Responsibility: A Simplified Version after reading papal biographer George Weigel's lament that few lay people read the Pope's writings because of his abstruse style.
April 22, 1991 |
Police said an 18-year-old Polish immigrant, desperate for someone who spoke his language, called a Kensington priest last night and said he had shot and killed two men in a neighborhood rowhouse. He was told by someone at the church to wait for police outside the rowhouse he shared with at least one other man in the 2100 block of East Stella Street. He gave himself up when they arrived about 9 p.m. "He was very frightened," said the Rev. Bernard Witkowski of St. John Cantius Church.
September 9, 2015 |
The Rev. William Atkinson would probably laugh at the idea that he could become a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. The Upper Darby-born priest, who died in 2006 when he was 60, didn't think his life was anything extraordinary. But the team of caregivers who washed, dressed, and fed Atkinson after he became a quadriplegic while in seminary think differently. For them, the man who loved a roast beef sandwich and a beer conducted ministry while displaying a kind of inspiring - and otherworldly - acceptance of his situation that friends and family say they couldn't have mustered.
November 15, 1993 |
A Catholic priest named with the archbishop of Chicago in a $10 million sex assault lawsuit admitted yesterday that the 34-year-old former seminarian who has accused him of sexual abuse 17 years ago was "a friend. " But the Rev. Ellis Harsham, 51, responsible for recruiting young clerics for the Cincinnati archdiocese, denied the charges. Steven Cook, who studied for the priesthood at St. Gregory's Seminary in Cincinnati but now lives in Philadelphia, named Harsham and Cardinal Joseph Bernardin in the lawsuit filed Friday, charging the two clerics with sexually assaulting him during his teen-age years.
April 16, 2002 |
Thanks to modern technology, the 84-year-old priest at the center of a sex-abuse lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden gave his side of the story yesterday from Florida - and that version was different from everyone else's. Msgr. Philip Rigney, accused of sexually assaulting two teenage brothers 20 years ago and their father and uncle before them, testified yesterday that he denied the abuse when first confronted by Camden Bishop George H. Guilfoyle in 1984. The priest said he was not disciplined, not removed from duties, and not sent for counseling.
December 11, 1987 |
Made-for-TV-Movieland's grand tour of the human spirit detours Sunday night into the unforgiving mean streets of Chicago where the forces of despair and mayhem are winning a bidding war for the hearts and minds of black children. Among those determined to make counter-offers is Father George Clements (Lou Gossett Jr.), a black Roman Catholic priest whose everyday battle against the demons plaguing his parish is matched by the struggle of wills between himself and Cardinal Cody (Carroll O'Connor)
April 24, 1988 |
The 250 angry residents of Plymouth Township brought more to a public hearing last month than their opposition to the proposed rezoning of the parish convent to office use. They also brought a slow-burning dispute with the man who had applied for the rezoning, the pastor of Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church. The dispute between the priest and some of his parishioners erupted into public view March 21 when the township zoning board met to consider the Rev. H. Thornton Kelly's request that it allow the convent at 3040 Walton Rd. to be converted into a local office for Catholic Social Services.