Monsignor William Lynn has been ordered back to prison following the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s reinstatement of his child endangerment conviction stemming from the abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Read more »
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has settled to civil suits stemming from the priest sex abuse scandal, the Legal Intelligencer reports.
The cases stemmed from incidents in the 1990s. The unidentified plaintiffs say they were abused separately by the Revs. William Ayres and Martin Satchell. “Satchell is believed to reside in North Philadelphia, Monahan said, while Ayres is believed to be living in Guatemala,” the Inquirer reports. Read more »
As expected, prosecutors have moved to revoke bail for Monsignor William Lynn following Monday’s reinstatement of his child endangerment conviction by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Read more »
Monsignor William Lynn may be headed back behind bars.
Lynn was freed last year after an appeals court overturned his conviction on child endangerment charges relating to Philadelphia Archdiocese’s sex-abuse scandal. On Monday, though, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned that reversal and reinstated the original conviction — saying that the child endangerment statute applied to Lynn even though he did not directly supervise the welfare of the child victims in the scandal. Read more »
Earlier this month, Philadelphia magazine writer Joel Mathis, who also does a syndicated column picked up in papers across the nation, wrote a piece following the religious freedom laws that were making news in Indiana and Arkansas. In it, he makes the point that, contrary to some thinking, Jesus would actually have liked and been nice to gay people. His words on the matter:
Archbishop Charles Chaput gave an Easter Day interview to ABC News this weekend, highlighting preparations for the visit of Pope Francis in September.
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput is getting ready for Pope Francis’ first visit to the U.S. this September. The archbishop told ABC’s David Wright in an interview for “This Week” that he looks forward to showing the pope “an active, vibrant Catholic Church in the United States,” and hopes the visit could be transformative for Catholicism in the United States.
“Everywhere I go, I find people who want the church to be a significant part of their lives and I’m always heartened by that,” Archbishop Chaput said. “People who have been disappointed in the church are looking to have hope.”
“I’m hoping … that the visit of the Holy Father here will be the beginning of a new evangelical energy in the church in Philadelphia,” he added.
Terri Schiavo died 10 years ago today, but the political battle over her death still rages on — and this year, Philadelphia is at the heart of the battle. Archbishop Charles Chaput will hold a Mass this afternoon celebrating Schiavo’s life, after which a “Life & Hope Award Gala” dinner will be held at the Union League featuring broadcaster/firebrand Glenn Beck as the keynote speaker. Read more »
When Pope Francis visits Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families, a million or more people are expected to crowd the city for a glimpse of him. Not everybody’s going to be able to find a hotel room.
La Salle University today announced that Colleen M. Hanycz will be the university’s next president — the first woman and first lay leader of the Catholic institution.
Hanycz, an attorney, is currently Principal of Brescia University College in London, Ontario. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Dean and associate professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School from 2003 to 2008. She succeeds Brother Michael J. McGinniss, who stepped down from the office in May 2014. Read more »