The newSpin Newsletter, June 25, 2012
By Bill Lewellis
Published weekly, on Monday
[Bill] Please know that I have been retired since the end of 2009. I do this weekly newSpin newsletter and the newSpin blog as a volunteer. They are not official instruments of the Diocese of Bethlehem, and they carry no authority. Though I welcome questions and comments about items I include here or on the blog, please direct questions about diocesan policy or diocesan-related issues to Bishop Paul or his staff. Of course, am honored to respond to or refer questions or comments about items in this newsletter. Send comments directly to me, or go to the newSpin blog, click on the current newsletter, and scroll to the bottom. Thanks. Bill
• Bishop Paul's 16th ... This Friday, June 29, Bishop Paul will mark the 16th anniversary of his consecration as Bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem. More here.
• Archdiocese of Philadelphia cuts 45 jobs and closes newspaper ... [The Phila Inquirer and Reuters] The beleaguered Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, beset by criminal and civil lawsuits related to a child sex abuse scandal, is bleeding money. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced deep and drastic cuts, including 45 layoffs, the consolidation of several offices and ministries, and the elimination of its 117-year-old print newspaper, the Catholic Standard & Times, a very old reading habit for local Catholics. "It's the end of an era," said Susan Matthews, a former Standard and Times editor who runs the Catholics4Change.com website. "With over a million Catholics in the city, it was not only a source for news but for historical records." Philadelphia now becomes the largest American city without a diocesan publication. The 1.5 million member archdiocese faces a $17 million shortfall in the next fiscal year. That does not take into account another $10 million in legal and investigatory expenses over the past several months. More here.
• Archdiocese of Philadelphia official guilty in clergy sex-abuse trial ... [Philadelphia Inquirer and NCR] Jurors have reached an unprecedented decision in the landmark sex-abuse and child endangerment trial of two Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests. Msgr. William J. Lynn, found guilty on one count of child endangerment, is the first church official nationwide to be tried for enabling or covering up clergy-sex abuse. He was acquitted of two other charges, one of conspiracy and a second count of endangerment. More here and here. [Associated Press] Conscience vs obedience. Here.