- Sep 20, 2020
Responding to growing fears over the spread of the coronavirus, Archbishop Nelson J. Perez March 17 announced suspension of all public Masses in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia until further notice, effective at noon March 18.
Nearly two decades after the Catholic priest-abuse scandal exploded in the U.S. in 2002, only one church official has ever gone to prison over it: Monsignor William Lynn, the longtime secretary for clergy in the Philadelphia archdiocese. After an appeals court found his sweeping 2012 trial flawed and his conviction was twice overturned, Lynn, 69, is set to be retried Monday on a single child endangerment count.
Jim and Amanda Brady rely on faith and on each other to sustain them in their often challenging work. Amanda, a 911 dispatcher, routinely spends 12 hour shifts talking to people at death’s door, and Jim can relate — probably better than most husbands — because he is a funeral director.
The 1.3 million parishioners of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have a new spiritual leader.
The 156 young men who call St. Charles Borromeo Seminary prepare to enter ministry at a time when scandals have driven the faithful from pews, shaken the church’s highest tiers and cast doubt on the motivations of those who say they’re answering a call to serve.