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November 3, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
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.
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October 29, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
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.
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October 25, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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September 1, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
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?
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August 24, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 8, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
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.
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August 4, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
It's the picture of innocence: a country priest in billowing cassock, strolling a rural road in Ireland's windswept West, encountering a young girl, chatting with her about this, about that. But then her father pulls up in a car, and angrily summons her. With an utterly vilifying look, he warns the cleric off. "That scene encapsulates everything the movie is about," says Brendan Gleeson , the Irish actor who plays Father James, a good priest in a bad world, in John Michael McDonagh's stormy tale of reckoning, Calvary . "It's a powerful, troubling, funny moment," says Gleeson, a familiar face in big Hollywood pictures ( Edge of Tomorrow , the Harry Potters )
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July 26, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Thomas Shawn Tracy, 74, an Augustinian priest in Villanova known for his singing and songwriting, died Sunday, July 20, of congestive heart failure at Lankenau Hospital. Father Tracy was a gentle, low-key man who saw the Scriptures as poetry, and whose special gift was in setting music to that poetry, and later in creating music as an accompaniment for quiet contemplation, said his nephew Michael Dolan. Thrust into the New York folk scene of the mid-1960s when he was assigned to St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, Father Tracy became a spiritual troubadour.
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June 24, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Part two of three parts. Capt. Kenny Schwartz was convinced that William J. Gray was "the Jogging Rapist. " This is the guy, this is the guy. How do we hang him? He assigned a crew of cops to Gray. "We woke him up in the morning, and we put him to bed at night, watching, watching. He knew we were there. "And he was never gonna rape again. " Police began showing his victims a Polaroid of Gray that he said had been taken illegally by Northeast detectives. A 14-year-old girl who had been assaulted on Erdrick Street on May 18 said Gray was the man. On Dec. 10, Gray was arrested in connection with her attack, charged with attempted rape, robbery, assault, unlawful restraint, and indecent assault.
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