Morning Headlines: Archdiocese Auctions Off Buildings, Makes Almost $1M

When Pope Benedict announced that the World Meeting of Families would come to Philadelphia in 2015, Vatican expert Rocco Palmo spoke to the Daily News about the Philly Church’s past few years: “It’s the darkest hour the Philadelphia Archdiocese has gone through in 200 years.”

Much of the darkness results from financial problems, including a hefty deficit as a result of legal cases involving pedophile priests. Given that attendance at churches are down and that one in 10 Catholics now identifies as an ex-Catholic, the Archdiocese has been merging parishes and decommissioning churches.

On Wednesday, at auction, the Archdiocese sold off four properties:

  • St. Michael School, 1445 N. Second Street: $330,000
  • Our Lady of Hope Convent, 3500 block of N. 19th Street: $118,000
  • St. Bartholomew Convent, 5500 Harbison Avenue: $220,000
  • 1 acre lot, Mill Road Circle, Rydal, Montgomery County: $325,000

The auction total was $995,000. And just prior to the auction:

    48 acres, Plumstead, Bucks County: $850,000

• <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20130725_Archdiocese_real_estate_sale_raises__995_000.html#USz1GBZZEpPUcZvI.99” target=”_blank”>Archdiocese to auction off eight sites July 24

And more, more, more!

Craig LaBan talks about the pop-up planning success of beer gardens, from Morgan’s Pier to the PHS Pop-Up across from the Kimmel.
• Building collapse news: Controller Butkovitz gets into the act with his own investigation of L&I. For those keeping score, that means there are now four official investigations going on.
• New U.S. home sales hit a five-year high last month, raising high hopes for the third quarter
New “better burger” spot is coming to Radnor. Take that, Shake Shack.

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  • cliff henny

    hope kelly throws us fans a bone, puts in some crazy formation in first series so Reid burns an early timeout…the Linc will explode.

    • Soybot

      Since when did Andy need a good reason to burn an early timeout?

  • ICDogg

    The Colts are about to make a huge trade and/or Jim Irsay is drunk-tweeting again https://twitter.com/JimIrsay

    Incidentally, it doesn’t look like the Disqus is working for the above All-22 article

    • Brian

      James Casey or Bryce Brown for LaRon Landry?

      • ICDogg

        they coughed up a 1st to Cleveland for Trent Richardson. Cleveland’s trying to load up, get a franchise QB next year, it looks like. Maybe they’ll draft the next Tim Couch

        • Brian

          How many Clevelanders prayed for the Browns return, and said that they didn’t care if the team sucked for twenty years. Careful what you wish for…

          • ICDogg

            Yeah, well they still have these guys

  • Soybot

    I hope we get an Air Guitar solo just for old time’s sake.

  • morgan c

    Donvoan McNabb: Our best, most successful QB ever.
    Andy Reid: Our best, most successful coach ever.

    Ya, it would be great if Donovan would shut his mouth sometimes. And it would have been great if he won a SB. But think of it this way: we’d all be lying if we said, from 2000 to 2009, minus the disaster 2005 season, that we didn’t have a chance to win with 5 under center. He never turned the ball over. He could throw it all-day to terrible receivers, he could run, and he understood how to run the offense. He was smart and knew how to read a defense, and was a competitor. 5 NFC championship games, I mean, my GOD. We were consistently an excellent football team.

    With Andy, it’s basically the same thing. I would say the last two years have left a more sour taste in my mouth, but in time, we will come to largely celebrate him.

    I will be rocking my 5 jersey tonight, no doubt, cheering for my birds. Damn, I just wish we could have won the big one…