Former West Chester Clergyman Pleads to Child Porn Charges

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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, 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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Archdiocese Settles Sex Abuse Suits

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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 »

Supreme Court Reinstates Monsignor Lynn Conviction

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)

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 »

Honolulu Bishop Condemns Philly Mag Writer for Saying Jesus Would Have Been Nice to Gay People

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:

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Chaput Hopes Pope’s Visit “Transformative”

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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.

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