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February 26, 1986
The merits of Hail Mary notwithstanding, Desmond Ryan really should study his theology before reviewing a film about "the Immaculate Conception of Jesus. " The dogma of the Immaculate Conception refers to Mary's having been born without original sin, which is a separate theological issue from the Virgin Birth, which this so-called enlightened film purports to be about. J.E. Iannucci Havertown.
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November 15, 1986 | By Hank Klibanoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Edward A. Malloy, a University of Notre Dame administrator and associate professor of theology, yesterday was named to succeed the nation's longest-reigning active university president, the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh. The Notre Dame Board of Trustees picked Father Malloy, 45, from among five finalists to take the job held for the last 35 years by the enormously popular and often outspoken Hesburgh, 69, who is retiring in May. A native of Washington, D.C., Father Malloy now serves as associate provost of the university.
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February 29, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Over the last dozen years, Donald R. Schultz would take donations, often at Christmas, to the Tzotzil Indians in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. "This last Christmas, I had to beg and plead with him not to go" because cancer had weakened him, his son, Erik, said in an interview. He didn't go. The former Jesuit seminarian and Villanova University theology teacher had a special concern for the Indians of Chiapas, 45 of whom had been massacred Dec. 22, 1997, by paramilitary forces.
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September 18, 2012
The Rev. Angus N. Carney, 95, an Augustinian priest who taught theology at Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill from 1970 to 1980, died Thursday, Sept. 13, of heart failure at St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery in Villanova. Before retiring in 1993, he also served as a parish priest in Philadelphia and its suburbs. Born in Marcus Hook, Father Carney graduated from the Augustinian Academy in Staten Island, N.Y., in 1935, earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy at what is now Villanova University in 1940, and was ordained a priest in 1943.
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June 30, 1990 | By Dan Hawkins, Daily News Staff Writer
There might not be any better place on earth to ponder heaven and hell. One theology student looks out the window and says she sees a prostitute wrapping up some business. That reminds another of the morning he walked into the driveway and found a litter of crack vials. But for the church professionals enrolled at the Center for Urban Theological Studies, located in an old house on the corner of Hunting Park Avenue and Old York Road, such bedevilment is the stuff of ministry.
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November 28, 1991 | By Andy Wallace, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. John J. Scanlan, 75, who taught the theology of marriage at St. Joseph's University for nearly 20 years and performed so many wedding ceremonies for his students he was known as "Marrying Sam," died Monday at the Loyola Center Infirmary at Saint Joseph's. "He did a lot of personal counseling and was much loved by the students," said the Rev. Donald Clifford, a professor of theology at St. Joseph's. At St. Joe's, he taught in the evening college where the students were a little older than regular students, Father Clifford said.
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April 21, 2011 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Dear Lord, what is that joyful noise rising to heaven from the spirited, snazzily habited stage nuns at the Broadway Theatre? Could it be - the Philadelphia Sound of the '70s? Could it be - the new Broadway musical Sister Act , fashioned from Whoopi Goldberg's movies and counting her among its producers? Is it - reset to take place in Philly? If you answered yes to all three questions, you are now free to study your catechism without interruption. Or better yet, save it for later and go get the well-worn lessons that make the American musical form work again and again: Good goes up against big-time evil, but wins.
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April 22, 2006 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The silence in an upstairs room at the Friends Center is so loud on this Saturday every sound seems amplified: the tap of raindrops on a window; a police siren outside; the tick-tock of a grandfather clock. Inside, six members of the Lilac Breeze Sangha meditation group seek internal peace and presence of mind. They sit still. They breathe slowly. They walk in a circle, as if in slow motion. This is the regular alternate-Saturday meeting of a meditation group started by Quakers and since joined by people from other faiths, or from none at all. The Lilac Breeze Sangha, which meets for 2 1/2 hours every other Saturday in Center City, is a meditation group that combines theology, practice and philosophy.
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February 2, 2003 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An age-old religious debate about fate vs. freedom has taken on a new urgency among evangelical Christian scholars and may result in the expulsion of two established theologians from a biblical research organization. The question: Are all events predestined by God, or do human beings have a free will that shapes their future? On one side of the debate are traditionalists who believe that God controls everything and has planned the future, knowing completely what will happen as time goes by. On the other side are scholars such as Clark H. Pinnock and R. William Hasker, proponents of a viewpoint called open theism.
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May 4, 2003 | By Murray Dubin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Neither the theologian nor the diplomat knows enough about the other. "Seminaries don't have the expertise to deal with realpolitik, and religion is not a mainstream issue for graduate and professional international-relations schools," said Robert A. Seiple, founder of the Institute for Global Engagement. The institute, based in St. Davids, is a nonprofit think tank that works to expand religious freedom worldwide. One arm of the institute is the Council on Faith and International Affairs (CFIA)
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March 12, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Edmund Joseph Dobbin, 79, a past president of Villanova University, died Sunday, March 8, of cancer at Villanova Monastery, where he had lived for 27 years. Father Dobbin was elected the 31st president of Villanova in 1988 and held that position until 2006, becoming the longest-serving president in the school's history. He heightened awareness of the Augustinian character of the university, increased the school's endowment, and embarked on an expansion of the campus, its facilities, and its programs, Villanova said in a statement.
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July 25, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
JAYLIN LANDAVERRY'S classmates gathered last night on a busy Feltonville corner with tears in their eyes. They lit votive candles and said a "Hail Mary," their lilting voices lifting above the din of a nearby auto-body shop. At their feet was a memorial to Landaverry, 17, steps away from where a massive fireball had engulfed La Parrillada Chapina, the food truck she had helped her mother run. After weeks of treatment for severe burns, Landaverry died late Tuesday at Temple University Hospital.
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April 30, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Paul E. Sigmund and his brother Peter returned to the United States from Germany in 1933, the then-preschoolers could not speak English. "He and I both spent our first years in Germany," where their father worked as a civil engineer, Peter Sigmund said. Their American parents "considered it better to stick with one language. " So they were the only German-speaking children on their block of Hewitt Road in Wyncote, making them "an object of wonder," he said. On Monday, April 28, Paul Sigmund, 85, who retired in 2005 as a politics professor at Princeton University, died of complications from pneumonia at University Medical Center of Princeton.
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July 13, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brother Edward Davis, 84, a retired La Salle University religion professor, died Saturday, June 29, of liver cancer at De La Salle Hall, a nursing facility for the Christian Brothers in Lincroft, N.J. Brother Edward was remembered as a gifted and popular teacher who showed the Bible to be compelling reading. "His classes were always in demand, because he knew how to use his wit and broad knowledge to make Scripture come alive in the classroom for students," said La Salle president Brother Michael J. McGinniss.
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May 5, 2013
Robert W. Patterson served as a welfare adviser in the Corbett administration When Philadelphia Magazine compiled 76 reasons "Why We Love Philly" in December, the editors placed Tenth Presbyterian Church's Christmas Eve service in the 23d spot. "The spine-tingling, haunting sound of the congregants' collective a cappella 'Silent Night,' " the monthly observed, "is as serene and unifying as . . . Christmas. You feel chills, and not from the night air. " Yet, just as Philadelphia gets lost in the shadows of New York and Washington, the historic church that graces the southwest corner of 17th and Spruce Streets rarely competes in the media's estimation with such better-known Protestant houses of worship as Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, the popular Southern California megachurch, and Riverside Church of Manhattan, the iconic cathedral of liberal Protestants founded by John D. Rockefeller.
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April 5, 2013 | By Hillary Siegel, Inquirer Staff Writer
At Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, the girls study the usual subjects: math, history, English. They also learn about ministry, service, and the teachings of the Sisters of Mercy. In a new class designed by the school's head of ministry and service, Amy Cedrone Cymerman, 12 seniors go outside the classroom and volunteer at a North Philadelphia school for low-income students. Gwynedd Mercy, an all-girls private school in Gwynedd Valley, focuses on the spirit of compassion and ministry based on the teachings of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy.
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September 18, 2012
The Rev. Angus N. Carney, 95, an Augustinian priest who taught theology at Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill from 1970 to 1980, died Thursday, Sept. 13, of heart failure at St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery in Villanova. Before retiring in 1993, he also served as a parish priest in Philadelphia and its suburbs. Born in Marcus Hook, Father Carney graduated from the Augustinian Academy in Staten Island, N.Y., in 1935, earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy at what is now Villanova University in 1940, and was ordained a priest in 1943.
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September 7, 2012 | Reprinted from the Oct. 14, 2011, editions of The Inquirer. Lantern Theater's current production presents the same cast and set design as the 2011 staging. By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
'We are tolerant, but we have our limits," says a city official. Somehow 17th-century Amsterdam sounds oddly familiar, especially when it comes to immigrants, religious broad-mindedness, interfaith romances, and radical new ideas. And so this play by David Ives, New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656 , at Lantern Theater, launches an absorbing, 2½-hour theological debate. The Portuguese Jews had fled persecution and found refuge in Holland, but their safety came at a price: obedience and silence.
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May 23, 2012 | By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
VATICAN CITY - The Legion of Christ religious order, already discredited for concealing the crimes of its pedophile founder, suffered another blow to its credibility Tuesday after its superior admitted he knew in 2005 that his most prominent priest had fathered a child, yet allowed him to keep teaching and preaching about morality. The admission by the Rev. Alvaro Corcuera is likely to enrage members of the Legion and its lay branch who have endured years of apologies, hypocrisy and explanations for the crimes of the Catholic order's founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, who sexually abused his seminarians and fathered three children with two women.
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