Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Pittsburgh Catholic Bishop David Zubik asks that other possible victims of the late Rev. John Wellinger call the diocesan victim's assistance hotline
The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh recently sent a letter to parishioners at a Wilkinsburg church warning of abuse allegations against a former priest who also once served at a West View parish. According to KDKA, the accused priest and the alleged victim have both passed away, but the man in his 40s revealed the abuse to his family months before he died. KDKA reports the man claimed Rev. John Wellinger abused him between 1981 and 1985 when Wellinger served as an assistant pastor at St. James Parish in Wilkinsburg. The abuse started when the alleged victim was 10. Local church officials confirmed that Wellinger once served at St. Athanasius Church in West View, but referred all other questions to the diocese. Wellinger also served in …
Friday, January 18, 2013
For now, signs of peace and wine distribution will follow regular procedures in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. Elsewhere around the country, some church leaders are mandating change to prevent flu from spreading.
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Friday, January 18
As the ongoing flu epidemic continues around the United States, some church leaders around the country are changing procedures and issuing recommendations for avoiding the contagious ailment while worshipping. At masses this weekend in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, however, signs of peace and wine distribution from communal chalices during Communion will follow regular procedures, a diocesan spokesman said Friday. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this week said it does not see the need for widespread changes to liturgy to prevent the spread of the flu nationally. It also noted that the decision lies with individual diocesan bishops to recommend or mandate such changes in their communities. For now in Western Pennsylvania, no …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The Rev. Bartley Sorensen served as the first parochial vicar at St. Ferdinand’s in the 1970s.
A Catholic priest who served at St. Ferdinand’s Church in Cranberry decades ago has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing thousands of pornographic images of children on his computer. U.S. District Judge Alan N. Bloch imposed the sentence Wednesday on the Rev. Bartley Sorensen, who was removed from active ministry and placed on administrative leave shortly after his arrest in December 2011. Once his sentence is complete, Sorensen will be under federal supervision for five years. He also was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine. Sorensen, 63, was assigned to Saint John Fisher Parish in Churchill prior to his arrest. According to the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, he also was the first parochial …
Friday, January 27, 2012
St. Alphonsus School in Wexford integrates Catholic teachings with the culture and traditions of the family.
Friday, January 27, 2012
St. Alphonsus School in Wexford will hold its annual registration day for new students from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Feb. 20. The school will be accepting students for 3-year-old preschool, 4-year-old preschool, and grades kindergarten through eight. Tours of the school can be arranged and/or questions answered by calling the school at 724-935-1152, extension 501 or by emailing email@example.com. You can also visit the school website at www.stals.org for more information. (At this time, registration forms are not available online, only at the school.) Parents registering their children on Feb. 20 must bring the original, plus a copy, of the following documents: student birth certificate, baptismal certificate, Social Security …