Monday, April 15, 2013
Former Lansdale Catholic lacrosse coach Timothy Udinski faces up to 20 years in prison, after pleading no contest Friday to multiple stalking and harassment charges in false Lansdale Catholic sexual abuse claims.
A former Lansdale Catholic lacrosse coach will be convicted of making false molestation accusations via anonymous emails against school coaches, after he pleaded no contest to the charges on Friday in Montgomery County court. Timothy Adam Udinski, 44, of Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown, faces more than 20 years in prison, according to The Pottstown Mercury. Udinski pleaded no contest to multiple counts of stalking and harassment of school officials between October 2011 and May 2012, according to the article. Udinski’s no contest plea is not admission of guilt, but it is admission that there is enough evidence to convict him at trial of the crimes. A background report on Udinski will be completed prior to sentencing. According to court records…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
In his weekly blog, Archbishop Charles Chaput offers some thoughts on the new Pope, Francis, and his recent actions.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia is the sole sponsor of its kind supporting a traditional-marriage march in D.C.
When organizers and activists march on Washington D.C. in support of traditional marriage, only one archdiocese in the country will be recognized as a sponsor of the event: ours. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia is currently the sole diocesan sponsor of the upcoming Marriage March on March 26. The event is planned in conjunction with the Supreme Court’s hearings on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriages in California. “We believe it is imperative that political leaders, the media, and the culture see that we care about protecting marriage enough to stand up and march for it,” the group said on its website. Supporters of the march include several state and national pastor groups…
Friday, September 21, 2012
Councilman Jack Hansen made a motion Wednesday night of a non-agenda item to support the approval of a variance by the zoning hearing board for the electronic sign. The borough will be allowed use of sign for emergency notifications
Lansdale Catholic wants to erect a digital message sign at Seventh Street and Lansdale Avenue — and borough council unanimously supports their request. Prompted by a motion from Councilman Jack Hansen, council Wednesday night voted 8-0 to support the approval of a variance application by Lansdale Catholic to the Lansdale Borough Zoning hearing Board. President Matt West was absent from the meeting, and the vote was seconded by Dan Dunigan. That support may have made Lansdale Catholic's process simpler. If approved, Lansdale will be given access to the sign to post emergency notices to the public. "If they do, it will not only protect the residents of the borough, but also protect the people that travel through the borough, and also protect…
Monday, September 17, 2012
The Rev. Michael Chapman, former Hispanic Ministry Coordinator for Montgomery County, has been placed on administrative leave after allegations of sexual abuse of minors.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has placed the Rev. Michael Chapman, former Hispanic Ministry Coordinator for Montgomery County, back on administrative leave following allegations of sexual abuse of minors. According to the press release, Chapman was originally placed on leave in March 2011 for an alleged violation of The Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries. In May of 2012, as Archbishop Charles Chaput and the Office for Child and Youth Protection was working with the parish for his return, the Archdiocese received allegations of sexual abuse of minors against Chapman. The Archdiocese immediately reported the new allegations, which allegedly occurred approximately 30 years ago, to law enforcement and delayed Chapman's return …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Caput dedicated and blessed the former St. Stanislaus Elementary in Lansdale Thursday morning
Hundreds of students, their parents and the faculty of Mater Dei Catholic School gathered Thursday morning at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church to participate in the dedication and blessing of the new school, formerly St. Stanislaus Elementary in Lansdale. Check out our gallery from the pious event - and please add your own by logging in and uploading to this story!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Rita McGovern will be the 15th principal at Lansdale Catholic. She replaces Timothy Quinn, who suddenly resigned as principal in July
Lansdale Catholic President Jim Casey announced to parents, students and faculty last week that Rita McGovern has replaced Timothy Quinn as principal of Lansdale Catholic. Quinn suddenly resigned as principal in July. McGovern was appointed as principal by Archbishop Charles Chaput, according to Casey in an email to parents. McGovern's late husband, Joe, was a teacher at Lansdale Catholic. McGovern will be the 15th principal at Lansdale Catholic since 1949. For 16 years, McGovern was assistant principal for academic affairs at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia. McGovern also served as a teacher at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, and at St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia. "May our…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The former Lansdale Catholic lacrosse coach is charged with six misdemeanor offenses, including stalking and harassment via email. Authorities allege Udinski sent seven anonymous emails claiming sexual abuse at the school by coaches
Former Lansdale Catholic lacrosse coach Timothy Udinski and his attorney did not contest the six stalking and harassment charges against Udinski at a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning before District Judge Harry Nesbitt III in Horsham. Udinski is accused of four counts of misdemeanor stalking that repeatedly caused fear and two counts of misdemeanor harassment by threatening language through anonymous emails, according to court documents. Authorities allege Udinski sent seven anonymous emails claiming sexual abuse at the school by coaches, including retired coach Jim Algeo. Bradley Schlegel of The Reporter wrote that defense attorney Sharif Abaza did not comment on the nature of charges, and quoted him as such: Clearly there were some …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
History teacher Jason Skinner was bumped from his spot by a teacher from another Catholic high school with more tenure under the contract in place between the Archdiocese and the teachers union, according to The Reporter
A petition is making its rounds in the Lansdale Catholic community to keep a history teacher that was bumped from his position by another Catholic high school teacher with more tenure under the Archdiocese and teachers' union contract. According to Linda Stein of The Reporter, Jason Skinner taught freshmen World History and Advanced Placement European History for sophomores. Archdiocese spokesman Kenneth Gavin was quoted as such in The Reporter article: The Office of Catholic Education is actively in the process of placing teachers in positions that are open in their area of their competency. Teacher placement is regulated by the terms of the labor-management agreement that exists between the secondary school system and the Association of …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Tim Udinski, the former head lacrosse coach at Lansdale Catholic, allegedly made false accusations of sexual misconduct against officials associated with the school
Former Lansdale Catholic High School head lacrosse coach Tim Udinski has been arrested and charged with stalking and harassment stemming from his alleged false accusations of sexual misconduct against officials associated with the school. Udinski, 43, of Doylestown, was video arraigned before District Judge Harold Borek Tuesday and bail was set at $25,000 unsecured, according to court documents. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 27 at 10:30 a.m. before District Judge Harry Nesbitt III in Horsham. Udinksi, a real estate agent with Prudential Fox and Roach, faces six misdemeanor charges: Four counts of stalking - repeatedly committing acts to cause fear; and two counts of harassment through communication of lewd and threatening …