February 12, 2014 |
THE REV. ANTHONY Cossavella discovered his 89-year-old mother dead in a pool of blood at the bottom of the basement stairs in her Lansdowne home on Wednesday. His initial thought - and the initial thought of investigators - was that the elderly woman had died in a fall on the stairs. But an autopsy three days later revealed something much more sinister. "The Lansdowne police called me Saturday and asked if I would come down to the police station," Cossavella said yesterday. "They told me the coroner's report said she was the victim of a homicide.
February 6, 2014 |
Before beginning his freshman year at Temple University in the 1950s, Charles A. Hulet had to work full time for a year, to begin to bank his tuition. Then, in return for his promise to enter its ministry, the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania gave him a partial scholarship. His career suggested that he did not forget how difficult it had been to succeed. From 1964 to 1978, the Rev. Charles A. Hulet, while a priest in a poor parish in Camden County, was director of career development and cooperative education at Temple University.
January 30, 2014 |
WHEN BILL Johnson moved into a Dallas apartment complex in October 2012, a neighbor named James rolled out the welcome wagon. Sort of. "Oh, great, another old queen moving in," James said as Johnson and his friends unloaded his belongings at Crescent View Apartments in the Texas city's Oak Lawn section. Johnson, 54, an unemployed financial adviser, figured that James was just being nice, one gay man to another in the "gayborhood. " "I think he was trying to be friendly and joking," Johnson said.
January 13, 2014 |
The Rev. Frank K. Jago, 76, was a long-serving Episcopal priest at only three parishes, all in New Jersey, during his 50-year ministry. After being ordained in 1963, Father Jago was vicar and later rector at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Monmouth Junction until 1976. He was rector at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Mount Holly from 1976 to 1997. Father Jago retired in 1997, but, since 1999, he had been priest-in-charge at Trinity Episcopal Church in Delran. The parish "did not have a full-time minister," daughter Vanessa Meredith said in a phone interview.
December 31, 2013 |
Under a steady rain Sunday, Judy and Chuck Miller took up spots that have often been occupied by child-abuse victim advocates: the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Judy Miller leads the Delaware branch of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), a group that hosted regular protests after the 2011 grand jury report about clergy sex-abuse in Philadelphia. Her return Sunday was prompted by last week's Superior Court ruling that overturned the conviction of Msgr.
December 17, 2013 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday the suspension of a priest who it had allowed to continue working for nearly a year after multiple accusers alleged he had sexually abused them. It was only after "multiple, new allegations" surfaced within the last two months against the Rev. John P. Paul, formerly of Our Lady of Calvary Parish in Northeast Philadelphia, that church officials decided to place him on administrative leave last week. As has been its practice, the archdiocese declined Sunday to release any details about either the old or new allegations against Paul except to say that in all cases, his accusers said they were abused more than 30 years ago. Paul, 67, could not be reached for comment Sunday.
December 16, 2013 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has permanently removed five parish priests from ministry over allegations of sexual abuse or misconduct, including one priest who had previously been investigated and returned to duty last year. An archdiocesan review board had cleared the Rev. Michael A. Chapman in May 2012 of an abuse allegation involving a minor. But within months, a new accuser came forward with allegations dating back 30 years. In a statement expected to be released in parishes across the region Sunday, the archdiocese said the board substantiated new abuse accusations against Chapman and deemed him "unsuitable for ministry.
November 15, 2013 |
THE FAMILY of the man who died of a drug overdose last month just before testifying in court against the Catholic priest he accused of sexually molesting him filed a wrongful-death lawsuit yesterday against the priest and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The civil suit filed in Common Pleas Court by the family of Sean Patrick McIlmail alleges that the church failed to remove Father Robert L. Brennan from having contact with children even after officials learned he had behaved inappropriately with numerous boys.
October 31, 2013 |
Calvin Coleman spent part of his 75th birthday Sunday protesting the skeleton in George Vucelich's yard in Delaware County. The cake and scallops dinner would have to wait. The skeleton hangs from a maple tree. A noose appears to be around its scrawny plastic neck. It also wears an Obama-Biden T-shirt. "When I first heard of this, I was irate. I believed something like this wouldn't happen in Swarthmore," said Coleman, who is African American and whose family has resided in Delaware County for six generations.
October 25, 2013 |
CALLING THE recently deceased man who alleged he had been sexually abused by a former Philadelphia Catholic priest a "champion" for victims of child sexual abuse, District Attorney Seth Williams yesterday said he had no choice but to drop criminal charges against the ex-priest. With the Oct. 13 drug-overdose death of Sean Patrick McIlmail, 26, there "was not enough independent evidence - circumstantial or direct - to continue with the successful prosecution of Father Robert Brennan," Williams said at an afternoon news conference.