• Ex-Philly Church official to be retried on abuse cover-up charges

    Ex-Philly Church official to be retried on abuse cover-up charges

    • Aug 6, 2016

    Monsignor William Lynn, a former Philadelphia church official described by his lawyer as a “pawn” in the Church hierarchy, will be retried next year over his handling of priest-abuse complaints even though his child-endangerment conviction has been overturned twice.

  • Philly monsignor seeks bail after cover-up conviction tossed

    Philly monsignor seeks bail after cover-up conviction tossed

    • Aug 2, 2016

    Monsignor William Lynn is the first person ever charged and convicted of helping the Catholic Church shield child molesters. Courts have twice thrown out his conviction, he’s been granted a new trial and is now seeking bail after three years behind bars.

  • The divided soul of the Democratic Party

    The divided soul of the Democratic Party

    • Jul 29, 2016

    Popular perception of the Democratic Party is of a largely religion-free zone where secularism and atheism are the dominant creeds. But within the Democratic Convention, the picture is very different. Some Democrats think it’s time to close the gap between reality and perception.

  • Report: Key witness in Philadelphia abuse case lied to investigators

    Report: Key witness in Philadelphia abuse case lied to investigators

    • Jan 20, 2016

    Did a Philadelphia priest die in prison, falsely accused of sexual abuse by an unreliable witness who was desperate to please overzealous prosecutors? That’s the suggestion of a Newsweek cover story whose author obtained a psychiatric evaluation of Daniel Gallagher, who in 2011 said two priests and a Catholic schoolteacher had raped

  • Francis stands with us on religious freedom, Philly archbishop says

    Francis stands with us on religious freedom, Philly archbishop says

    • Oct 1, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA – While many people were involved in putting together Pope Francis’ week-long visit to the United States, probably none played a more central role than Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who hosted the World Meeting of Families which the pontiff wrapped up on Sunday. In many ways, the 78-year-old

  • Pope Francis’ remarks to sexual abuse victims in Philadelphia

    • Sep 27, 2015

    My dearest brothers and sisters in Christ, I am grateful for this opportunity to meet you. I am blessed by your presence. Thank you for coming here today. Words cannot fully express my sorrow for the abuse you suffered. You are precious children of God who should always expect our