December 8, 1987 |
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.
June 13, 1991 |
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...
November 17, 1989 |
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.
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.
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.