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June 16, 2007
The Rev. Francis Charles Bourbon, a Jesuit priest, former Loyola College faculty member and Baltimore City Fire Department chaplain, died Tuesday of pneumonia at Lankenau Hospital in suburban Philadelphia. He was 80. Born in Baltimore and raised on Belvieu Avenue, he was a 1944 Loyola High School graduate. He entered the Jesuit order that year and was ordained a priest June 23, 1957, by Archbishop Francis P. Keough. He joined the Loyola College faculty in 1959 and became dean of men and a theology teacher.
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Sun Staff Writer | June 10, 1995
The Episcopal bishop of Easton has told an elderly Maryland priest he may no longer preach or perform the sacraments because he blessed the union of two homosexual men in an Eastern Shore ceremony that had all the trappings of a wedding.The deposed priest, the Rev. John K. Mount, said yesterday that he took part in the May 28 ceremony -- specifically praying for God's strength and comfort for the two gay men -- largely out of compassion because both are dying of AIDS.He did not perform a "marriage" as such, the priest said, although the two men considered their vows of faithfulness to each other to be the equivalent of a marriage.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Sun reporter | February 27, 2008
Several dozen members of St. Leo's Catholic parish gathered in front of the Little Italy church last night, hoping to find out answers about the fate of the Rev. Michael Salerno, the priest ousted last fall after an allegation of sexual abuse, but were barred from entering a meeting of the parish council. They gathered because an e-mail circulated among the parishioners saying the Rev. Peter Sticco, head of the Pallottine Fathers, the order that runs the church, would be at the meeting called to discuss the parish's finances.
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June 20, 2004
The Rev. Basil Stockmeyer, a Roman Catholic priest who served in Irvington and Halethorpe parishes, died of cancer Wednesday at Elder Wood Health Care in Williamsville, N.Y. He was 89. Born in Forestville, N.Y., he was a 1934 graduate of Holy Cross Seminary in Dunkirk, N.Y., and then entered the Passionists, a community of priests and Christian brothers. He was ordained in Newark, N.J., in 1942 and held posts in Scranton, Pa., Jamaica, N.Y., and Dunkirk, N.Y., before being assigned to St. Joseph Monastery in Baltimore's Irvington neighborhood.
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By Scott Travis and Scott Travis,South Florida Sun-Sentinel | October 21, 2006
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Archdiocese of Miami apologized to Mark Foley yesterday and launched an investigation into allegations that a priest serving at his Lake Worth parish 40 years ago sexually abused the disgraced former congressman. The Rev. Anthony Mercieca, 69, was suspended by the archdiocese yesterday, preventing him from performing priestly duties anywhere, including the Mediterranean Republic of Malta, where he now lives. Church officials have also asked the pastors at all eight South Florida churches Mercieca served to make announcements at this Sunday's service urging any other possible victims to come forward.
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Sun Staff Writer | July 8, 1994
A Roman Catholic priest reinstated as pastor of a West Baltimore church where he had been accused of sexual abuse of a minor "should not have been reassigned to parish ministry," a blue-ribbon review board has advised Archbishop William H. Keeler.But Archbishop Keeler defended his decision to return the Rev. Maurice J. Blackwell in December to his pastorate at St. Edward Church at Poplar Grove Street and Lafayette Avenue. The priest had been removed from the post for nearly three months while he underwent counseling at an evaluation and treatment center in Hartford, Conn.
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By Jacques Kelly | June 26, 1992
The mourners arrived yesterday afternoon and evening to spend a few minutes at the coffin of a 90-year-old man many regarded as a saint. Their eyes filled up when they saw his black apron, the one he wore to feed thousands of poor East Baltimore families, draped over his shoes.Even in death, his body appeared tall and ready to take on another day.The people came to call on the Rev. George Andrew Wichland, a Redemptorist priest who died of cancer Tuesday. He lay in state in the center aisle of St. Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, Ashland and Collington avenues.
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By Madeline Bars Diaz and Madeline Bars Diaz,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | October 26, 2006
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- A Florida man accused a priest yesterday of molesting him almost 30 years ago -- the same priest former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley alleges sexually abused him. In a suit filed against the Archdiocese of Miami in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, the unidentified man said that the Rev. Anthony Mercieca fondled and performed oral sex on him when he was 12 or 13 years old. At the time, the alleged victim was an altar boy at St. James Church in...
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By Diane Scharper and Diane Scharper,Special to the Sun | June 10, 2007
Be Near Me By Andrew O'Hagan Harcourt Inc. / 305 pages / $24 During his first winter in the Scottish town of Dalgarnock, Father David Anderton has a portentous run-in with several men who laugh at him and his "dog collar." They call him "papish scum" and tell him to leave. "Go on," they say. "F- right off." But Father David has been recently named pastor of St. John Ogilvie parish, and he can't go anywhere. How does an Oxford-educated Roman Catholic priest with champagne tastes survive in a working-class town?
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Sun Staff Writer | October 24, 1994
Before last month's cancellation of the pope's visit to Baltimore for health reasons, the Rev. Joseph F. Breighner had already decided to spend yesterday with divorced or separated Roman Catholics instead.And the recent stern reminder from the Vatican that divorced Catholics who remarry may not receive Holy Communion -- unless they obtain an annulment or refrain from sex -- only reinforced Father Breighner's decision."This is my favorite ministry," the Baltimore priest told about 100 men and women with broken marriages at a meeting at Mercy High School.
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