As you know, there is a Statewide Grand Jury Report on clergy sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, including the Diocese of Allentown. The release of that Report has been held up because of legal challenges. No one knows how long the Report will be delayed, so I am writing today to provide you with some information on this important issue.
“The whole of Jesus is compassion,” said Kelly Anderson, assistant professor at St. Charles Borromeo, Seminary, Philadelphia, for an evening dedicated to the exploration of a topic deceptively simple: What did Jesus Christ feel?
Diocese Increases Scholarships Through Special Purpose Entities Program; Seeks to Dramatically Expand the Program This Year
Students in Diocesan schools will benefit from nearly $1 million in additional scholarships thanks to the first year of an innovative program that gives donors a 90 percent state tax credit for the money they invest in Catholic education.
After nearly 100 years at its current location at 200 West Broad Street, Tamaqua, Saint Jerome Regional School will open this fall in its new home, the former Rush Township Elementary School at 50 Meadow Avenue, Tamaqua.
“It was my desire to create a truly dramatic moment when painting the Baptism of Christ. What I hoped to achieve was a delicate balance between this beautiful spiritual moment and a painting that expressed the deep emotions of Jesus and John the Baptist,” said artist Eric Armusik.
“The love of God, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the communion of the Holy Spirt – if you have that, you are a powerhouse, and you were ordained to be a powerhouse,” Bishop Emeritus Edward Cullen told Father Hutta.
My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As you may have heard, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has delayed the release of an expected Grand Jury Report on clergy sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including the Diocese of Allentown. It is unknown how long the Court’s order will remain in place. I want you to know that the Diocese of Allentown has always cooperated with the Office of the Attorney General and the Grand Jury process. Neither I, nor the Diocese, nor any diocesan official has attempted to block or delay release of the Report. I will be addressing the topic of clergy abuse in more detail after the Grand Jury Report is released. Please join me in praying for the victims and survivors, and for all those hurt by child abuse, wherever it occurs in society. With an assurance of my prayers for you and your families, I am Sincerely yours in Christ, Bishop Alfred A. Schlert
“Allentown is actually our mother Diocese in the United States because it was from here that we started and spread to the rest of the Dioceses throughout the country,” said Regional Superior Father Augustine Idra is stationed at the AJ’s Regional Office Headquarters and USA Mission Office Headquarters in Northampton.
“I am happy to be able to offer confessions during the week,” said Father David Anthony, assistant pastor of St. Jane Frances de Chantal.
Reasonable people may disagree over the best ways to control illegal immigration to the United States. It is hard to disagree, however, with the growing chorus of voices from both sides of the political aisle, and from religious leaders of many faiths, that we should not be solving this problem by taking children from their parents at the border.