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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Teams in replicas of Chinese dragon boats will take to the Inner Harbor Saturday for a Catholic Charities fundraiser, an event that's expected to raise $700,000. The all-day event, held every other year, begins at 8 a.m. and features a match-up between corporate-sponsored teams. The money raised will go toward the charity's 80 programs that benefit children, families and seniors, and includes individuals who are poor, immigrants or have developmental disabilities. "Our programs, and most importantly our clients, benefit tremendously from the generosity and energy that the teams bring," Bill McCarthy, director of Catholic Charities of Baltimore, said in a statement.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Teams in replicas of Chinese dragon boats will take to the Inner Harbor Saturday for a Catholic Charities fundraiser, an event that's expected to raise $700,000. The all-day event, held every other year, begins at 8 a.m. and features a match-up between corporate-sponsored teams. The money raised will go toward the charity's 80 programs that benefit children, families and seniors, and includes individuals who are poor, immigrants or have developmental disabilities. "Our programs, and most importantly our clients, benefit tremendously from the generosity and energy that the teams bring," Bill McCarthy, director of Catholic Charities of Baltimore, said in a statement.
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March 7, 2010
So the Vatican rears it's ugly head yet again ("Catholic Charities urged not to cut spouses' health benefits," Mar. 5). You've go to love dogma. Here we have a "faith based" organization whose mere existence is to help fellow human beings in need. Oh, except if you happen to work for this organization, and/or if you are a same sex couple. Oh, and now we'll just get around the problem of extending health benefits to same sex couples by doing away with any spousal health care benefits at all. Because, you see, our long charitable arm only reaches so far. Yes, here at Catholic Charities, we are here to help.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
Baltimore Immigration Court, facing an increase in the number of cases involving immigrant children who crossed the border illegally, is expediting reviews to more quickly decide whether the children should be deported, according to attorneys with clients before the court. The so-called "rocket docket," created in response to a directive last month from the Obama administration to fast-track the cases, has meant the children receive initial hearings within 21 days and in some cases are given a matter of weeks, instead of months, to find an attorney.
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November 28, 2011
Regarding a reader's letter explaining why Catholic Charities in Boston and Washington, D.C., were "forced" to close their adoption and foster care services after refusing to place children with same-sex couples ("Catholics, gay marriage and religious liberty," Nov. 23), has anyone asked where those children who were not placed are now? If the same-sex couples applying to adopt children were processed the same way as heterosexual couples and found acceptable, what happened to all the children they would have adopted, children who were waiting and hoping for the chance to be part of a loving family but had to be turned away because of the church's policy against gay adoption?
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By William Wan and Michelle Boorstein and The Washington Post | March 5, 2010
The former chief operating officer of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington has called on the organization to reverse its recent decision to change health benefits for employees' spouses, a move designed to avoid legitimizing same-sex marriage. Tim Sawina, who was until last year one of the group's highest-ranking executives, called the elimination of spousal health benefits "devastating" and "wrong" in a letter Wednesday to the governing board of the social service organization.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,scott.calvert@baltsun.com | May 27, 2009
Banker William J. McCarthy Jr. is quick to acknowledge he'll have big shoes to fill when he succeeds Harold A. "Hal" Smith as executive director of Catholic Charities of Baltimore. Smith is stepping down Aug. 1 after 33 years at the charity's helm. "In Baltimore terms, that's kind of like replacing Brooks Robinson at third base," McCarthy said Tuesday after his hiring was announced. Adding to McCarthy's challenge is that he is taking over amid a recession that has seen Catholic Charities grapple with record demand for services as its financial resources have diminished.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff writer | February 9, 1992
Paulette Fernekees has battled to keep her twin foster children alive ever since Catholic Charities placed them in her home six months ago.The 9-month-old infants are HIV positive, and suffer from developmental, hearing and vision problems. Still, under Fernekees' diligent care, they were thriving.The battle ended Wednesday when the agency removed the children on less than 24 hours notice. Now, she worries they won't survive."Nobody is going to fight for these children like I have," she said.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF | January 20, 1997
A deal that would allow Catholic Charities to buy and transform a blighted shopping center in the poor southern TC Baltimore neighborhood of Cherry Hill is close to complete, according to several sources.Catholic Charities and community leaders believe that revival of the 41,000-square-foot Cherry Hill Shopping Center is vital to revitalizing one of Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods. The median household income in Cherry Hill is $15,470, and the neighborhood is home to the city's largest public housing project.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 2, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Catholic Charities must include contraceptives in its employee prescription drug coverage, even though the church believes birth control is sinful, the California Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The 6-1 ruling came in a case that has been watched around the country as a contest between advocates of making contraceptives widely available to women and religious groups that have sought broad exemptions based on their faiths. California is one of 20 states that require employers offering prescription drug benefits to also provide contraceptive coverage.
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Dan Rodricks | August 2, 2014
Jermin Laviera, an energetic woman with a bright and generous smile, works on the first floor of the Esperanza Center in Southeast Baltimore, which gives her a street-level perspective on the immigrant crisis emanating hundreds of miles away in Central America. Just about every day, undocumented immigrants — parents with children, children without parents — walk through Esperanza's front door on South Broadway. They all need help, and they all have stories — often ugly ones.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff says he opposes a proposal to shelter immigrant children at a Catholic Charities facility in his district. "I have been getting calls from constituents with concerns," he said Saturday. "We have enough issues and problems in our own backyard here, and we don't need to take on other people's problems. " Catholic Charities announced last week that it wants to care for 50 children fleeing violence in Central America. The agency would shelter them at St. Vincent's Villa in Timonium, but still must submit an application to federal officials by Aug. 5. "Catholic Charities does phenomenal work," said Huff, a Lutherville Republican.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Officials in Baltimore County reacted Friday to a proposal by Catholic Charities to shelter 50 immigrant children at a facility in Timonium, with a state delegate who is running for the County Council opposing the plan and calling the immigration crisis "a federal problem. " "I do not support this proposal at all," said Del. Wade Kach, a Republican who is a candidate for County Council in the district where the children would be housed. "I just have a real problem with the states and communities bearing the brunt of a problem that was created by the Obama administration," he said.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Catholic Charities wants to care for about 50 children from Central America at a campus in Baltimore County, seeking a role in the immigration crisis even though the consideration of other sites in Maryland has met with fierce local opposition. The organization plans to apply to federal officials to house the children at St. Vincent's Villa, a residential facility on Dulaney Valley Road, Catholic Charities head William J. McCarthy Jr. confirmed Thursday night. McCarthy said housing the children would amount to his organization doing its job. "Our role and our mission is to meet the needs of these children," he said.
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Dan Rodricks | March 4, 2014
Given all the excitement his papacy has generated, the approach of the first full Lenten season under Pope Francis resonates particularly with Catholics - even fallen-off Catholics - who prefer to see faith as social activism and not as Sunday pageant. Since he became pope last March, Francis has repeatedly called for a church of service and justice, and not one that is insular and obsessed with doctrine. His calling out of corrupt financial systems that foster economic disparity has been ringing bells around the world, and not only among Catholics.
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December 12, 2013
Editor: Anna's House and Early Head Start of Harford County, programs of Catholic Charities, are initiating a new collaborative relationship in the areas of fundraising and volunteer outreach in Harford County. This new partnership is designed to allow Anna's House and Early Head Start to deliver services more effectively and efficiently to families living in poverty. Proceeds from the 2014 annual Anna's House Breakfast, which will be held in early April, will support both Anna's House and Early Head Start of Harford County.
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By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1996
Associated Catholic Charities wants to build an 80- to 90-unit apartment building in Odenton that would provide independent living for elderly Anne Arundel County residents with low to moderate incomes.The organization has been negotiating to purchase 5 acres off Odenton Road between a bowling alley and the Odenton branch library from Nellis Corp., which also owns the shopping center. Officials with Catholic Charities and Nellis say they are close to signing a contract on the land.With the O'Malley Senior Center, the Odenton Shopping Center and the library within walking distance, the land is a "great site" for senior housing, said Dale McArdle, director of housing services for Catholic Charities.
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By Matthew Hay Brown and Matthew Hay Brown,matthew.brown@baltsun.com | August 2, 2009
With a new executive director taking over for the first time in more than three decades, now, traditionally, would be the time to consider new directions that Catholic Charities might take. But Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, who chairs the board that oversees the organization, is planning to take an "if it ain't broke ..." approach as William J. McCarthy Jr., former Sun Trust Bank Greater Baltimore president, succeeds Harold A. "Hal" Smith as executive director. "I don't think that there's a Catholic Charities program throughout the country to match ours," says O'Brien, spiritual leader of the area's 500,000 Catholics.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops took a step Tuesday toward aligning themselves with Pope Francis, selecting as their next president Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. — a man who built a career on a foundation of personal faith and service to the poor. Kurtz, 67, was the overwhelming choice of the nearly 300 prelates on hand for the annual fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at the Waterfront Marriott Hotel in Baltimore. The Pennsylvania native received 125 of the 236 votes cast to easily outpoll the second-place finisher, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, for a first-ballot victory.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
A plan to open an Edgemere residential program for homeless women is stirring concern among some residents in southeastern Baltimore County, highlighting a struggle that advocates for the homeless say they face in finding space for hundreds of people in need. Catholic Charities wants to open a facility called Hosanna House for 14 women, age 50 and older, at a former assisted-living facility and convent next to St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church. A county administrative law judge approved that plan earlier this year, but the North Point Peninsula Council and some residents filed an appeal.
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