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Archbishop Chaput announces clerical changes

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia, announces the following appointments

Former Philadelphia pastor found unsuitable for ministry

Father Geraldo Piñero, formerly pastor of Incarnation of Our Lord Parish in the Olney section of Philadelphia, has been found unsuitable for ministry by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput after a substantiated violation of the Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries. The Standards are conduct guidelines for clergy and church workers and volunteers implemented by the Philadlephia Archdiocese in 2003. Father Piñero had stepped down as pastor of Incarnation in November 2010 when federal authorities searched the parish rectory. No charges were subsequently filed against him.

Of six priests on leave, four cleared to return to ministry

The fate of six priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia placed on administrative leave after the February 2011 Philadelphia grand jury report was announced today by the Archdiocese. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., decided on the cases after “a rigorous investigative process involving over 20 experts in child abuse,” a statement from the Archdiocese said July 6. Of the six priests, four were determined to have unsubstantiated allegations against them, and they have been deemed suitable for ministry.

Fortnight for Freedom brings focus on challenges to religious freedom

The Fortnight for Freedom, an initiative of the Catholic bishops of the United States, ended on Independence Day after two weeks of efforts to increase awareness among Catholics of threats to religious freedom in America. Archbishop Charles Chaput provided a fitting end to the initiative by serving as homilist for a Mass celebrated for the […]

St. Cyprian Parish to launch Wisdom Ball for young people

The Wisdom Ball Committee at St. Cyprian Parish in West Philadelphia announces its inaugural Cotillion-Beautillion Ball and Scholarship Program. The program is designed to celebrate exceptional young men and women in the community while they attain scholarship money. Those who are accepted into the program take part in an eight-week series of workshops and activities […]

Archbishop Chaput announces clerical changes

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia, announces the following appointments effective as noted: GRADUATE STUDIES Reverend Anthony J. DiGuglielmo, from Graduate Studies, Catholic University of America, Washington, to Graduate Studies at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, beginning with the Fall 2012 semester RESIDENCE Reverend Michael V. […]

After 40 years, teacher retires from Chestnut Hill Catholic school

For 40 years Bill Brennan taught, inspired and encouraged the students at Our Mother of Consolation Parish School in Chestnut Hill. As a young man one year out college, Brennan came to OMC in 1972 with a belief that Catholic schools were essential in the development of young people in the faith, and in becoming […]

Archbishop Chaput reflects from Rome on Supreme Court ruling

Archbishop Charles Chaput sat for an exclusive interview with the National Catholic Register newspaper June 29 in Rome after receiving the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI. The Archbishop reflected at length on the the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Patient Affordable Care Act, or health care reform law, the previous day. Read the full interview […]

Philadelphia monsignor found guilty of criminal charge in abuse trial

With the same expression of serenity that he had shown for 13 weeks, Msgr. William J. Lynn listened to the criminal jury foreman speak the verdict of guilty on one charge of endangering the welfare of a child June 22 at the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia. Msgr. Lynn becomes the first high-ranking Catholic clergyman in the United States to be convicted of a crime associated with the handling of priests accused of child sexual abuse, though he himself faced no charge of abuse.

POWER forum held at St. Raymond Church

On Monday, June 18, nearly 300 members and allies of congregations in Northwest Philadelphia affiliated with POWER: An Interfaith Movement, gathered at St. Raymond Catholic Church for the organization’s third Economic Justice Forum. POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild) is an ecumenical organization that is working collaboratively with 40 religious congregations, including 10 […]