Petition Asks for Reinstatement of Fired Teacher

Archbishop Charles Chaput, Photo | Jeff Fusco. Waldron Mercy Academy via Google Maps

Archbishop Charles Chaput, Photo | Jeff Fusco. Waldron Mercy Academy via Google Maps

Margie Winters, the gay teacher fired earlier this summer from Waldron Mercy Academy, on Monday delivered a petition calling for her reinstatement to the Philadelphia Archdiocese. The petition contained 23,000 signatures.

“We ask for full inclusion at the table. And in the church,” Winters said, according to 6ABC. “And we ask now for a moratorium on firing any LGBT employee.”

NewsWorks notes: “While supporters initially called for Winters to be reinstated, the petition and Winters own words move the activism out of the realm of individual grievances and into one of seismic shifts within the Catholic church.”

The church will resist such shifts. The archdiocese on Monday issued a statement denying responsibility for Winters’ firing, but also affirming that her termination was correct:

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Report: Archbishop Chaput Received Hate Mail Over Firing Gay Teacher

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

A friend and ally of Archbishop Charles Chaput reports that the leader of Philadelphia Catholics has received nasty hate mail for his support of a Catholic school that terminated a teacher for living in a gay relationship.

At National Review, a conservative magazine with deep Catholic ties, George Weigel wrote over the weekend that Chaput had received the following missive:

“One ‘correspondent’ advised the mild-mannered Capuchin archbishop (whom he described as a ‘CHILD MOLESTING SACK OF SH*T’) to ‘GO F**K YOURSELF,’ adding the eschatological note that he hoped Chaput would ‘ROT IN HELL.'” Read more »

Monsignor Lynn Moved From Prison Where Pope Will Visit

In this March 27, 2012 file photo, Monsignor William Lynn leaves the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

In this March 27, 2012 file photo, Monsignor William Lynn leaves the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

It appears Pope Francis will be spared one potentially awkward moment on his visit to Philadelphia.

Monsignor William Lynn had been serving out a three-year prison sentence at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Center — which happens to be the same facility Pope Francis is expected to visit in September. Lynn is serving time behind bars while he appeals his 2012 conviction on child endangerment charges stemming from the child sex-abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia — the first U.S. church official to be convicted in connection with the scandal that afflicted parishes throughout the country and world.

Now Lynn has been moved to a state prison, AP reports. (The move was first reported by BigTrial.net.) Read more »

Department of Duh: Of Course Margie Winters Got Fired

Archbishop Charles Chaput, Photo | Jeff Fusco. Waldron Mercy Academy via Google Maps

Archbishop Charles Chaput, Photo | Jeff Fusco. Waldron Mercy Academy via Google Maps

In some ways, I feel for Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

Yesterday, when he released a statement on the archdiocese’s position on the firing of Margie Winters, I honestly believe he wasn’t prepared for the collective “NOPE!” the Internet sent his way. It lacked a little finesse, sure, but my guess is that he pretty confidently hit “send” on the below: Read more »

Gay Activists: We’ll Protest Pope’s Visit If We Want

One day before the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling on same-sex marriage, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said that gay people can attend Pope Francis’ visit to the city this fall — but only if they don’t use it to protest the Catholic church.

The response from gay activists in Philadelphia? Try to stop us.

Take it from “someone who’s been protesting since 1969,” said Mark Segal, publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News. “If someone wants to protest, they will find a way.”

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Former West Chester Clergyman Pleads to Child Porn Charges

Mark Haynes - Gavel

A former parochial vicar in the Philadelphia Archdiocese has pleaded guilty to charges he possessed and shared child pornography.

Mark Haynes, 56, pleaded guilty to federal charges of using the Internet to entice a minor to engage in sexual conduct, transfer of obscene material to a minor, distribution of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and destruction or concealment of evidence. He had last served at Saints Simon and Jude parish in West Chester, before his arrest last year.  Read more »

Three Important Quotes from Archbishop Chaput’s New Interview

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Archbishop Charles Chaput recently gave an interview to CatholicPhilly.org, reminiscing about his first years here, looking ahead to the visit of Pope Francis, and reflecting on whether the diocese has found a measure of stability after years of turbulence. The full transcript can be found here.

Three quotes we found interesting:

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