Three local schools - St. William, Our Lady of Random and Our Lady of Consolation - closed for good last week.
The Philadelphia Roman Catholic Archdiocese has paid $11.6 million in legal costs in the past two years, mostly stemming from a grand jury report on sexual misconduct by clergy members.
In this week's Riverward Rant, columnist Joe Quigley looks at the state of religion in America.
Appeals from St. Laurentius Elementary School in Fishtown and St. George Elementary in Port Richmond were granted last week. The schools will remain open.
The school-closing appeals process is finished, and raw feelings remain for many in the Catholic community.