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December 27, 1991 | By John Way Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two men tried to rob an East Camden priest Christmas morning but fled empty-handed when the priest slammed the rectory door in their faces. No one was injured. Camden police said yesterday that Father Thaddeus Sapio, 53, was returning to the St. Anthony parish rectory in the 2800 block of River Road about 1:20 a.m. after checking to see that the church was secure. As he walked past a row of bushes, two young men jumped out. One pointed a gun at the priest. They demanded money, but Father Sapio told them he had none, police said.
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January 19, 2002 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For a brief moment, a dream flared in North Philadelphia, and then it crumbled like an old brick wall, as hope of saving the dilapidated rectory of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate faded away yesterday. "Overall, it's in much worse condition than we thought," said Joanne Jackson, executive director of the Advocate Community Development Corp., which wants to renovate the rectory and was awarded a $100,000 state matching grant to do so. Demolition of the building - home to the Rev. Paul Washington, a social activist, for a quarter of a century - began earlier this week at the direction of the church's board of trustees.
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April 21, 1989 | By Dave Bittan, Daily News Staff Writer
Alonzo Blackshear says life has been more pleasant for him since he moved into a 1989 version of the old-fashioned rooming house he'll soon share with five others. But until they arrive, Blackshear, happy in his large, sunny room with big windows and a lovely view, is rattling around by himself in the three-story, six-bedroom dwelling that has been extensively rehabbed, mostly with federal funds. The former rectory of St. George Episcopal Church, at 61st Street and Cedar Avenue in West Philadelphia, had been vandalized and vacant for 10 years.
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July 11, 2011 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
CLEVELAND DEC. 7, 2002 Dan Kane, the business manager at St. Stanislaus, sees the light on his answering machine blinking furiously. He assumes someone has died, maybe even his dad. Instead, most of the messages are from his father, a retired cop who has lived his life in the same house blocks from St. Stan's, refusing to move even as the neighborhood slipped, becoming the kind of place with a dead bolt on every door. He tells Kane a fire is raging at the rectory. Kane rushes to the scene.
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January 18, 2002 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The demolition of the rectory building at the historic Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia has been halted amid confusion over whether the building is protected by the Philadelphia Historical Commission. Yesterday, the city Department of Licenses and Inspections returned to the crumbling former home of social activist the Rev. Paul Washington, who retired as rector of the church 15 years ago, and found the building to be in poor condition, city officials said. L&I had granted a demolition permit at the request of the church a little more than a week ago, after citing the rectory as dangerous last year.
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January 17, 2002 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The rectory of the historic Episcopal Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia, where the Rev. Paul Washington presided for a quarter of a century, has been ordered demolished - even though it may be a protected historic structure and grant money is available to preserve it, city officials and preservationists said. As of last night, legal action was being considered to block work on the building and force city officials to review the propriety of the demolition, which has been ordered by the church's board of trustees.
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November 10, 2001 | By Adam L. Cataldo INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
After they were herded into an upstairs bedroom by an agitated intruder Wednesday night, the Rev. John Killeen and the Rev. Joseph Wallace were both forced to their knees. With their heads down and Father Wallace's wrists tied behind his back, Father Killeen experienced a moment of calm and quiet. "We both thought we were going to be executed," Father Killeen said. "It was just a question of who was going to be first. " The two priests at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church survived and later managed to call the police.
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November 26, 2001 | By Amie Parnes INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The three-story brick house on South Sycamore Street seems forgotten, tucked in next to a soaring church bell tower, a sprawling cemetery, and a preschool with a new teal paint job. For years, it has been the only old brick building left standing in the Newtown Township's tiny historic district, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Over the last two decades, some of the buildings in the district have had to be torn down. Now the quaint 1884 Victorian house may be the next to go. The owner of the building, St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, no longer needs its former rectory and convent.
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April 30, 1998 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The driver of a carjacked minivan led police on a high-speed chase from Kensington to South Philadelphia and back during rush hour last night, then was captured in a church rectory after a dramatic foot pursuit along the tracks of the Frankford El. During the hour-long drama, police fired shots at the van in the area of Fourth and South Streets after the vehicle struck an officer at Second and Moore Streets. The officer was briefly hospitalized with minor injuries. The unidentified suspect, who shinnied 20 feet down a drain pole from the El tracks, was found hiding under the altar inside the nearby Immaculate Conception Church rectory at Front and Pollard Streets in Northern Liberties.
REAL_ESTATE
October 14, 2013 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
When Val Nehez and Anthony Tyler visited Falls United Methodist Church in 2006, after learning that the former East Falls place of worship and its adjacent rectory were for sale, "there were still prayer books in the pews," she says. The couple immediately made an offer, with plans to transform the church, which had closed a year earlier, into office space for rent and the rectory (half a twin) into their family home. "I was hesitant," Tyler says, "but Val had the vision. " It wasn't a leap of faith.
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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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April 13, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sister Linda Lukiewski has established herself as a missionary of sorts in Kensington's former St. Joan of Arc Parish, merged into Holy Innocents Parish in 2013. The nun, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, has made a name for herself in the neighborhood, with Spanish-language Mass on Sundays, a food bank, English classes, an afterschool child-care program, and other good deeds. "I don't wait for people to come to the rectory," Sister Linda said. Instead, she spends time "working the neighborhood," knocking on doors to invite residents to Mass and to let them know of other services the mission offers.
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March 5, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
New allegations have surfaced against a suspended Chester County Catholic priest facing federal child-pornography charges, this time involving three parishioners who say he molested them in the 1990s. The latest accusations, including one from a female who said he forced her to perform oral sex in a Phoenixville church confessional booth, were revealed Tuesday as prosecutors sought to keep the Rev. Mark Haynes behind bars until his trial. So far, Haynes, formerly assigned to SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown, has not been charged with sexual abuse.
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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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February 28, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE LATEST young man to accuse a Philadelphia Catholic priest of molesting him as an altar boy told a jury yesterday that the experience so badly shocked, embarrassed and debilitated him that he turned to drugs, alcohol and multiple suicide attempts before reaching his teens. The slim man, dressed in a white shirt, black tie and slacks, emotionally spoke of being 10 years old in 1997 when the Rev. Andrew McCormick invited him to the priest's rectory bedroom at St. John Cantius Church in Bridesburg.
REAL_ESTATE
October 14, 2013 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
When Val Nehez and Anthony Tyler visited Falls United Methodist Church in 2006, after learning that the former East Falls place of worship and its adjacent rectory were for sale, "there were still prayer books in the pews," she says. The couple immediately made an offer, with plans to transform the church, which had closed a year earlier, into office space for rent and the rectory (half a twin) into their family home. "I was hesitant," Tyler says, "but Val had the vision. " It wasn't a leap of faith.
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July 17, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele and Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Roman Catholic Philadelphia priest who has identified himself as "an online business owner" - a avocation not permitted by the church - has been removed as "unsuitable for ministry," Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced on Sunday The Rev. Geraldo Pinero, former pastor of Incarnation of Our Lord Church, 5105 N. Fifth St. in the Olney neighborhood, had committed "a substantiated violation of the Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries," the...
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May 16, 2012 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In 1991, Msgr. William J. Lynn wrote a memo outlining his interview with a man who said he had been molested by the Rev. Michael McCarthy, a longtime teacher at Cardinal O'Hara High School. But Lynn made a mistake, at least in the eyes of his boss at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Lynn had told the accuser that his was not the first complaint against McCarthy. "Unnecessary statement," the Rev. James E. Molloy, then the assistant vicar for administration, scrawled in the margins of the memo.
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April 17, 2012 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
His was the typical Philadelphia Catholic family, the witness said. Mom and Dad were regulars at Mass. He and his sister helped out at the rectory. And no one was held in higher esteem than a priest. "We were raised with the belief that a priest never did anything wrong," he told a Common Pleas Court jury. In that sense, the man, now 45, echoed other alleged abuse victims at the landmark conspiracy and child-sex abuse trial of two Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests.
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