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March 31, 2010
The Archdiocese of Baltimore is right to file this lawsuit against the ordinance regulating pregnancy counseling centers ("Church: Clinic signs are unlawful," March 30). I understand Planned Parenthood, which is one of the largest abortion mills in the country, requested then-City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake to sponsor this bill. Why should Planned Parenthood set the standards of what a pregnancy counseling center is? Planned Parenthood was against any provisions in this law that would regulate them.
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By William E. Lori | August 31, 2014
Fifty years ago this summer, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, marking a watershed moment in our nation's history and in the ongoing struggle of African-Americans for fair and equal treatment. The passage of the law, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin, and ended voter discrimination and segregation of schools, came amidst a tumultuous period that saw sit-ins, marches and mass protests staged from major cities to college campuses of every size.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | March 10, 2010
I was among the 800 or so people who attended the Monday meeting with representatives of the Archdiocese of Baltimore at Cardinal Gibbons School. Like the rest of the Gibbons supporters who were there, I clearly heard Bishop Denis J. Madden say in response to a question about Gibbons going private that "all kinds of options are being considered," just as The Sun reported ("Catholic schools showdown," March 9). After the hearing, I was among a group of alumni speaking with Bishop Madden when he repeated his statement that "all kinds of options are being considered" in response to a more detailed question from a current member of the Cardinal Gibbons board about the possibility of the school going public.
NEWS
December 18, 2013
The message of Pope Francis about economic fairness is loud and clear, and we need to get with the program. Unfortunately, the current leader of the Archdiocese of Baltimore has a different agenda. He is busy leading an unsuccessful crusade to Never-Never Land. We need to get busy and correct some of our mistakes. The church does a pretty good job of feeding the hungry and housing the homeless, but we need to return to empowering the youth of Baltimore which will help them move forward in the future.
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By Dan Rodricks | March 7, 2010
Here's a revealing quote from Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien on the closings of 13 Catholic schools in Baltimore and Baltimore County: "This is my challenge for my tenure here. It's not one that I expected, not one that I would have wanted, but it's not one that I can avoid, and will not avoid." Not one that he expected? Closing schools, including Cardinal Gibbons High, didn't come up in the exit chat with his predecessor? You mean to tell me that, while Cardinal William Keeler showed the new archbishop the restored -- at a conservatively estimated cost of $34 million -- Basilica of the Assumption, he didn't mention the looming financial crisis in the schools of the premier see?
NEWS
March 16, 2010
As the parent of a "consolidated" student from Cardinal Gibbons, I can't express my anger and hurt over how cruel a blow this is to the boys from that school. I am frustrated at the callousness of the decision to abandon 300 boys. The archdiocese, putting on its political face, promised these boys options for the upcoming year that aren't really options at all. Of the 10 schools named as "receiver schools," most are either geographically or financially not options. Does the archdiocese feel it has served us well by giving us opportunities to attend schools in Annapolis or Harford County?
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By Dan Rodricks | March 8, 2010
There has been so much response to my Sunday column on the Archdiocese of Baltimore's decision to close 13 schools, including Cardinal Gibbons School, I thought I would share some of the more interesting and thoughtful comments with all my other readers today. From Don Gainor: "You have no idea what you are talking about." From Ed Bradley: "Interesting that in an entire commentary on closing parochial grade schools you never even mentioned the reason this has to happen -- the Catholic School System is a huge global education system that was operated with almost free labor (primarily nuns)
NEWS
March 4, 2010
To say that I am disappointed to hear that Cardinal Gibbons School is closing is an understatement ("Disbelief, outrage in face of Gibbons' closing," Mar. 4). I am writing you this e-mail because I believe that the true Gibbons spirit and the quality of Catholic men that Gibbons produces are the very essence of what is at stake with Gibbons' closure. I believe that it is a moral wrong to deprive society of the types of men who would receive a Catholic education, specifically from Cardinal Gibbons.
NEWS
March 19, 2011
It is awkward to say the least for the Archdiocese of Baltimore to refuse to sell closed Catholic school buildings for use as charter schools ("Archdiocese won't sell or least to charter schools," March 17). The Archdiocese "owns" these buildings in only a technical legal sense. Many individual contributions of Catholic parents built these schools — for the education of children. When charter schools propose to use these now empty buildings for the very use for which they were constructed, the Archdiocese ought to jump at the opportunity.
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By Dan Rodricks | March 27, 2011
Once again, Dan Rodricks has voiced his hang-up with the Catholic Church with a cheap and inaccurate shot accusing the Archdiocese of Baltimore of "looking petty when it refuses to sell its vacant school buildings to city charter schools" ("Street food and soccer, war and Westboro," March 24). Note he wrote buildings, plural, not the single school building in the news recently. In fact, the Archdiocese announced on March 24 the sale of St. Rose of Lima Catholic School and convent in Brooklyn to The Children's Guild, an operator of two city charter schools.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
A former Archbishop Curley High School student is accusing a Catholic priest and former teacher at the school with sexually abusing him on several occasions, according to a news release from the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The priest, Fr. Michael Kolodziej, 69, has been suspended from the priesthood. He taught at Curley from 1975-79, during which time the former student says he "wrestled him" and abused him. Kolodziej was ordained in Buffalo, N.Y., and has spent more than 30 years as a priest and teacher across several states.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
Anne Arundel County police are investigating sexual abuse allegations by a former student at Monsignor Slade Catholic School in Glen Burnie, officials of the Archdiocese of Baltimore said Wednesday. In a letter posted on the archdiocese website and sent to parents via email Wednesday, Barbara McGraw Edmondson, the superintendent of schools within the archdiocese, said county police searched the school Tuesday afternoon and that those being investigated have been suspended until "a determination is made concerning the veracity of the allegations.
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By William E. Lori | April 22, 2013
It has been nearly three years since my predecessor, Cardinal Edwin O'Brien, and the Blue Ribbon Committee on Catholic Schools released the Strategic Plan for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Since that time, enrollment declines have been stemmed in many schools; innovative new programs such as our dual language and Montessori initiatives have kept our schools competitive; and systemic changes to the governance of our schools, renewed focus on school leadership - training of principals and development of local school boards, as well as system-wide accreditation - are ensuring Catholic schools remain an excellent value (average annual K-8 cost is approximately $5,000)
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
A longtime deacon at a Fullerton church was charged Friday with possessing "numerous files of child pornography," Baltimore County police said. William Steven Albaugh, 67, a deacon at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church on Belair Road, was arrested at his Nottingham home at 7:45 a.m. Police had searched Albaugh's Treadway Court home and said they found images of children on his Verizon Online account and on thumb drives. Police do not believe that children at St. Joseph's were victims.
NEWS
December 11, 2012
Elizabeth Ann Murphy's response to Vice Chancellor Sean Caine's letter justifying the Archdiocese of Baltimore's response to allegations of child sexual abuse by John Merzbacher was revealing in its account of her own experience as a victim of such abuse ("Merzbacher victim: Archdiocese has much to answer for," Dec. 6). We in the child advocacy community understand the long-term ramifications of this type of abuse. The hurt to the victim doesn't go away, and to justify any institution's reaction that does not fully embrace that concept is shameful.
NEWS
December 6, 2012
Regarding Baltimore Archdiocese Vice-Chancellor Sean Caine's recent letter justifying the church's response to allegations of child sexual abuse, I am glad that in 1993 Maryland's attorney general made it clear that all abuse cases should be reported ("Archdiocese acted responsibly," Dec. 2). So much for the Catholic Church being a moral leader. When I returned to the archdiocese in 1993 to again report the abuse I had suffered, it was through Fr. William Mannion. At that point I had been in touch with 17 other victims of John Merzbacher.
NEWS
March 13, 2010
As the parent of a freshman at Cardinal Gibbons, I am saddened by the potential closing (though the Archdiocese insists it's a "consolidation') and outraged at what they aren't saying. My son was accepted at several archdiocesen schools and Gibbons after the eighth grade. After visiting the campuses, the choice was clear. Did other schools have nicer facilities? Absolutely! Are they quality institutions? Without question. Did they offer my son the warm and welcoming feeling of a family?
NEWS
December 2, 2012
I write in response to last Sunday's article, "Catholic officials knew of teacher's abuse, court files indicate" (Nov. 24) and the subsequent editorial regarding the horrific abuse committed by John Merzbacher in the 1970s. Contrary to the article's implication that the former archbishop or others in the central offices of the Archdiocese of Baltimore delayed the reporting of the abuse, the archdiocese first learned of the abuse when a victim - by then an adult - reported it to us in 1988.
NEWS
November 28, 2012
My wife grew up in a large Catholic family in Locust Point, and she and her siblings attended Our Lady of Good Counsel School. They have wonderful stories of friends, relatives, co-workers and neighborhood characters, second and third generation descendants of immigrants from Germany, Poland and Ireland, who are the embodiment of American working class families who sacrificed so much to give their children a better life. In this close community, the stories about John Merzbacher and the atrocities he committed on innocent children began surfacing early on ("Calls for reform in cases of abuse," Nov. 27)
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