Hundreds of people took part in the lunch hour ceremony on Ash Wednesday, being reminded of their own mortality.
Independence Mission Schools (“IMS”) is the umbrella organization for 16 parish elementary schools, all of which charge tuition but, controversially, use both public and private funds for financial aid.
There were closures, consolidations, and reprieves for area Catholic schools this year.
It was a rough year for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which had to sell off several valuable properties including the archbishop’s residence and a seashore villa, lay off employees, and fold the “Catholic Standard and Times” newspaper.
“Thomas Wolfe was wrong — you can go home again,” Father Kevin Gillespie said today.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is selling the archbishop’s residence, at 5700 City Line Avenue, to St. Joseph’s University.
Chris reviews the speeches from last night’s Democratic National Convention by Bill Clinton, Sandra Fluke, and Elizabeth Warren. He talks to former Governor of New Hampshire John Sununu and CBS 3’s Chris May to get their analysis. He also reads a piece from Archbishop Charles Chaput calling for more religious freedom.
The independent “Faith in the Future” foundation will be calling the shots at the 17 Philadelphia-area Catholic high schools and four special-education schools.
Philadelphia archbishop Charles Chaput says that doesn’t include expenses from the Monsignor William Lynn trial.
Archbishop Chaput said the archdiocese is nearly finished with its investigation of the cases of 26 priests who were publicly placed on leave last year.
Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests have left a meeting with the Philadelphia archbishop, but it’s not clear if they learned the fate of 23 suspended colleagues.
Parishioners from St. Francis of Assisi in Springfield, are no longer being lead by pastor Louis Bier. This weekend Archbishop Charles Chaput placed the 62-year-old on administrative leave.
The spiritual leader of Philadelphia’s Catholics accepted the thanks of students for keeping their high schools open, and pledged to work with students, parents, and others to strengthen Catholic education in the region.
Chris talks to Governor Tom Corbett to get updates on selling the LCB, how to curtail rising college costs, and welfare spending. He discusses the death of Whitney Houston with Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell and also Mitt Romney’s performance at CPAC with Michael Bronstein and Jeff Roe.
The Obama administration is said to be working toward a compromise on a provision of the health care reform law that requires employer health plans to cover contraceptives. Some religious groups object to the provision.