A priest accused of molesting minors who has been on leave since 2011 has been ruled suitable to return to ministry, Archbishop Charles Chaput, leader of Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese, announced Sunday.
Longtime residents who this year saw their homes’ assessments more than triple are being invited to participate in a program that could cut their 2014 taxes by hundreds of dollars. Last week, the city began mailing information about the Longtime Owner Occupants Program, or LOOP, to about 80,000 homeowners, said Mark McDonald, Mayor Michael Nutter’s spokesman. If they’re eligible, homeowners could see tax savings from a few dollars to thousands of dollars, McDonald said. Those tax decreases should average out at about $700, he added.
Jurors returned to their talks this morning in the case against the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and former teacher Bernard Shero. They are accused of sexually abusing an altar boy at St. Jerome's parish in Northeast Philadelphia in the late 1990s.