June 17, 2013 |
The other day, two-time U.S. Open champion Billy Casper (1959, 1966) was about to give a little talk at Merion Golf Club about how the game has changed when he was given a message: Your former caddie is outside. Casper gave the thumbs-up, but they would have probably let the man into the session anyway. The former caddie is now the Rev. James Sherlock. Although it's been 55 years, the pastor of St. Colman Church, barely a 1-iron away in Ardmore, recalls most every detail of when he caddied for Casper in the 1958 PGA Championship over at Llanerch Country Club off West Chester Pike.
June 14, 2013 |
Even as they professed their innocence, a Catholic priest and an ex-parochial schoolteacher got long prison terms Wednesday in the serial sexual assault of a 10-year-old altar boy in the late 1990s. Common Pleas Court Judge Ellen Ceisler exceeded sentencing guidelines in handing out punishment to the Rev. Charles Engelhardt, 66, and Bernard Shero, 50, saying their crimes called for long terms. She sentenced Engelhardt to six to 12 years in prison and Shero to eight to 16. The sentences stunned the standing-room-only crowd that filled her courtroom.
June 13, 2013 |
THEY'D BEEN convicted and stood before their judge yesterday for sentencing. And still, the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero - a Catholic priest and former parochial- school teacher convicted in January of sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy - avowed their innocence. "I denied even knowing the accuser," said Engelhardt, 66, remembering his arrest. "Even after he appeared in this courthouse, I have no recollection of him. " Shero, 50, said he was equally mystified by the student's claims, and Shero's mother told Common Pleas Judge Ellen Ceisler that Shero's thick eyeglasses and awkward appearance made him an easy target for troublemakers.
June 4, 2013 |
Understanding Father Andrew Greeley, the priest, sociologist, and novelist who died last week at 85, is essential to understanding the last half-century of American Catholic history and the glorious contradictions of politics. He was a liberal whose impatience with actual liberals was legendary. Yet this resolute Irishman, who once used the phrase "marginal but not alienated" as an apt sociological description of himself, was bolder than so many others in the positions he staked out. Not one for understatement, Greeley titled one of his last books: A Stupid, Unjust and Criminal War: Iraq 2001-2007 . Did I mention books?
June 1, 2013 |
CHICAGO - The Rev. Andrew Greeley, 85, an outspoken Roman Catholic priest, best-selling author, and longtime newspaper columnist who criticized the hierarchy of his church over the child sex-abuse scandal, died Wednesday at his Chicago home, according to his publicist, June Rosner. In a statement released Thursday through Rosner, Father Greeley's niece, Elizabeth Durkin, praised her uncle as a loving individual who "tremendously enriched" people's lives. "He served the church . . . with a prophetic voice and with unfailing dedication," she said.
May 31, 2013 |
The Rev. Michael P. Hegarty, 69, of Cherry Hill, who followed up a career as a religious brother by becoming a priest in his 50s, died of liver failure Wednesday, May 22, at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden. As a religious brother, he was a counselor in the 1960s at St. Gabriel's Hall in Audubon, Montgomery County, which provides therapy for teenage males. "A turning point in his life happened [after] his brother Charlie had been murdered" during a robbery in West Chester, niece Mary Anne Wolf said Tuesday.
May 28, 2013 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput placed a priest on administrative leave after an accusation this month that he sexually abused a child more than 40 years ago, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Sunday. The Rev. James J. Collins, 74, retired this year from a faculty position at Holy Family University in Northeast Philadelphia, where he had served since 1976. The school website still lists him as a professor of religious studies with expertise in Eastern Christian studies. Collins served at numerous parishes, schools, and offices in Philadelphia after being ordained in 1964, including at Roman Catholic School for Boys, Our Lady of Pompeii, and Cardinal Dougherty High School, said a statement released Sunday by the archdiocese announcing Chaput's decision.
May 23, 2013 |
HACKENSACK, N.J. - A judge on Tuesday ordered a New Jersey priest held while a grand jury considers whether he violated a legal agreement to stay away from children. The Rev. Michael Fugee, who recently resigned from the Archdiocese of Newark, flouted a 2003 order he reached with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office that allowed him to return to ministry after being convicted on charges that he fondled a boy, authorities said. The major stipulation of the agreement was that Fugee be barred from having unsupervised contact with minors or a job that required him to oversee or minister to children under 18. Despite that, Fugee became a fixture at a youth group in Colts Neck, hearing confession from minors and attending overnight retreats.
April 15, 2013 |
Driving through rural North Jersey in 1970, Walter C. Miller came upon an old country building with a sign reading, "Prayer meeting every Wednesday night," which it just so happened to be. Religiosity and curiosity drew him in to what was the retreat house of a Catholic priest recently back from 12 years of contemplative life in Europe. After a fervid meeting, the priest asked Mr. Miller if he wished to be "baptized in the Spirit. " "How much does that cost?" he asked.