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July 17, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden removed Edward Igle from active ministry in 2000 over an allegation of sex abuse, he turned to his second career: family counseling. Licensed as a therapist since the 1980s, the suspended priest runs a South Jersey practice, counseling families and children, and teaches related classes through a Philadelphia-based center, including on how to identify and clinically treat victims of sex abuse. In 2011, church officials told New Jersey regulators about two men who claimed that Igle abused them in the 1970s.
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July 9, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Stephen Robb Billings, 74, of Haverford, an Episcopal priest and advocate for those oppressed or in need, died Wednesday, July 1, of lymphoma at his vacation home in Falmouth, Mass. He had fought the disease since 2010. The son of Elliot A. and Priscilla Robb Billings, Mr. Billings grew up in Coral Gables, Fla. He sensed he might be called to minister in the Episcopal Church, but initially dismissed the idea, feeling unworthy of such a calling. "Only later did he come to understand that it was not a matter of his worthiness but rather of God's purposes and Grace," said a biography prepared for his 50th reunion at Yale University.
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June 10, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A suspended Chester County priest pleaded guilty Monday to federal child pornography counts and charges of destroying evidence. Mark Haynes, 56, previously of SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown, admitted trading hundreds of pornographic images of children over Instagram and enticing teenage girls he met online to send him explicit photos of themselves. He contacted the teens while posing online as a 16-year-old girl named Katie Caponetti between 2010 and 2014. "He has accepted responsibility for what he has done," said Haynes' lawyer, Alan J. Tauber.
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May 15, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. William F. McGeown, 71, a priest at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Feasterville, died Saturday, May 9, of complications following surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He had gone into the hospital for a thoracic procedure, and planned to return to his parish as soon as he recovered. Known as "Father Bill" to parishioners and "Uncle Billy" to family members, he graduated from St. Rose of Lima School and St. Thomas More High School. He entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1961 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1970.
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May 13, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. James Lawrence Nolan, 94, an Augustinian friar, teacher, and priest who in his later years was not above driving his fellow friars to medical appointments, died Tuesday, May 5, of heart failure at St. Thomas Monastery, Villanova. "Father Nolan was a friar who cared deeply about his brothers in community, and was a generous and compassionate priest who was ever prepared to minister, especially to the sick and the dying," the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova said in a statement.
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May 1, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IN WHAT THEIR attorney called a "significant step" in the healing process of two survivors of child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has settled the first civil suits filed in 2011 after a damning grand-jury report on sex abuse by area priests. The settlements with survivors - identified in court documents as John Doe 10 and John Doe 187 - were made earlier this year, the second coming in February the day before jury selection was to begin for the trials in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, said attorney Dan Monahan, who represented both men. Monahan and attorney Jeff Anderson announced the settlements yesterday.
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May 1, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
For years, the man identified in court documents as John Doe 187 said he harbored thoughts of suicide - crippled by a "dark anger that was suffocating my soul. " The depression eased, he said, after he approached lawyers with allegations that a Philadelphia priest had abused him when he was a child, and he said he was prepared to testify against the priest at trial. That never happened. The man's lawsuit, filed in 2011 against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was settled last month - less than two months after the church settled a suit filed by another man who alleged that he, too, had been sexually abused as a boy by a priest.
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April 24, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WHEN MONSIGNOR Joseph Trinh got in trouble as a child growing up in Ho Chi Minh City, the former capital of South Vietnam once known as Saigon, the priest from the Catholic church across the street would pay his family a visit. "I used to get into trouble a lot and every time I was in trouble, the priest would come to visit my family and I would get out of the trouble," he said. "So my parents really paid a special respect to that vocation. " Although his family were devout Catholics who attended Mass every morning, Trinh never planned to become a priest at age 18, when he moved to Philadelphia in 1981.
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April 15, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Msgr. James Mortimer reached 75, the mandatory retirement age for Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests, he wanted to keep his pastorate. Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua said no. "He made no exceptions," said Mortimer. "But at that time, we had oodles of priests. " So Mortimer went elsewhere to continue his ministry. He taught in Rome, and lived for a bit in South Dakota, where he filled in for priests on sabbatical. These days, he's back in Philadelphia, and even at age 88 he routinely gets called to replace parish priests who go on vacation or fall ill. "When I came back ... the diocese was begging for help," said Mortimer.
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April 13, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A CATHOLIC PRIEST who was accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997 in the rectory at St. John Cantius Parish in Bridesburg will not have to face a third trial on child sex-abuse charges. The District Attorney's Office yesterday dropped all charges against the Rev. Andrew McCormick after two separate juries failed to reach verdicts. On March 11, a jury declared itself deadlocked after a little more than three days of deliberations in McCormick's second trial. On March 12, 2014, a different jury deadlocked after 4 1/2 days of deliberations in his first trial.
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