February 17, 2015 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has placed a Bucks County priest on administrative leave while it reviews allegations against him. The archdiocese said Sunday it had placed the Rev. Louis J. Kolenkiewicz, 47, on leave, "in an abundance of caution. " Archbishop Charles J. Chaput took the action in response to new information stemming from allegations that were investigated twice before, in 2005 and 2011. The archdiocese did not disclose details of the allegations but said Kolenkiewicz was alleged to have violated ministry standards regarding the boundaries of appropriate behavior for interacting with children and young people.
November 18, 2014 |
A former Catholic priest convicted of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy at a Northeast Philadelphia parish from 1998 to 1999 died Sunday, just weeks after an appeal of his conviction was heard before the state Supreme Court. The Rev. Charles Engelhardt, 67, of Wynnewood, was in the second year of a six- to 12-year sentence at the Coal Township Prison in Northumberland County, stemming from his 2013 conviction. Engelhardt died at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, the Associated Press reported.
November 11, 2014 |
The fields, at first, appear unremarkable. These mass graves from the Holocaust weren't supposed to stick out. But the Rev. Patrick Desbois has devoted his life to finding them. Slowly, during visits to barren landscapes across Eastern Europe, the French priest will uncover artifacts hinting at the horrors that took place there decades ago: A shard of jewelry left tossed in a bush. A shell casing covered by overgrown grass. What Desbois finds most often, however, are stories from local villagers - witnesses who've remained and told him what they remember.
November 3, 2014 |
THE BANISHMENT of the Rev. Thomas Chang Soo Cho back to South Korea is meant to heal a Catholic community divided by gossip and fear. But it can't happen unless those in Cho's community summon the will to behave like the Christians their faith calls them to be. Everyone was excited when Cho arrived in August 2013 from Seoul, South Korea, for a five-year stint as pastor of St. Augustine Lee Kwang Heon Catholic Community. Part of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, the 250-member community holds services in the basement of Holy Cross Church in Springfield, Delaware County.
October 29, 2014 |
A CHESTER COUNTY priest who has been charged with posting child pornography to Instagram admitted during questioning that he'd once posed as a teenage girl online to engage in a relationship with a 14-year-old girl, according to court documents. When Chester County detectives received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding two photos of a naked, underage girl that were posted to Instagram in April, they tracked the IP address to Ss. Simon and Jude Parish in West Chester.
October 25, 2014 |
The Rev. John E. Fitzgerald, 85, of Philadelphia, a Catholic priest and educator, died Monday, Oct. 20, of metastatic prostate cancer at Villa St. Joseph in Darby. A native of Fairmount, Father Fitzgerald graduated from La Salle College High School and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 11, 1957 by Cardinal John O'Hara. Father Fitzgerald was affiliated with many parishes, including St. Joseph, Ashland; Annunciation, Shenandoah; Annunciation, Havertown; St. Helena, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Resurrection of Our Lord, and St. Anselm, all in Philadelphia; St. Albert the Great, Huntingdon Valley; St. Margaret, Narberth; and Immaculate Conception, Levittown, where he was pastor.
October 17, 2014
BACK IN THE mid-1960s, my aunt's husband did what a lot of other husbands (and wives) did with spouses who no longer filled their wish lists: traded her in for a younger model. Given the fact that my aunt was not even 30 at the time, you could rightly say that her eventual ex was a bit picky. In fact, given the age of the shiny new model he ended up choosing, Uncle "Johnny" was dangerously close to being known as "Uncle Holmesburg. " But this isn't about him. It isn't even about my aunt.
September 1, 2014 |
Frederick Van Fleteren is ending a long-term relationship, one that's been by turns exhausting and exhilarating. Not with a person. With a text. For nearly 25 years, he has painstakingly translated a 300-year-old religious biography, turning antique, 17th-century French into readable 21st-century English. Yes, he's a former priest and friar. But that hardly explains his singular act of intellect and endurance, which has consumed a third of his life. How has he done it?
August 24, 2014 |
The Mercer County (N.J.) Prosecutor's Office announced the arrest Thursday of a Roman Catholic priest on charges that he sexually abused a 16-year-old boy this year. Authorities said they had charged the Rev. Romannilo "Nilo" Apura, a pastor at St. Martha's parish in Point Pleasant, with endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated criminal sexual contact, and attempt to commit criminal sexual contact. Apura, 67, is accused of having sexual contact with the boy in late spring or early summer at a Trenton home, prosecutors said.
August 8, 2014 |
ONE OF THE sleeper pleasures of 2011 was "The Guard," pairing Brendan Gleeson and director John Michael McDonagh in a comedy about a crafty Irish cop. Now they've reteamed for "Calvary. " This time Gleeson's an Irish priest, and if you've seen the unforgettable poster (the cross on the priest's chest is comprised of bullet holes) you understand this movie is not so funny. The first scene is a corker - Gleeson takes confession from an anonymous man who reports that he was abused as a child by a priest, and now will take revenge in one week's time by killing one. The twisted twist: He doesn't want to kill the offending priest, or a bad priest.