Click here to read: “Friar who headed Archbishop Ryan to be paroled,” by Julie Shaw, The Philadelphia Daily News, December 22, 2013
Excerpt: Arthur Baselice Jr. is a lost soul, a man destroyed by the Catholic Church.
His son, Arthur Baselice III, died at age 28 of a drug overdose, and the father has blamed Charles Newman, the Franciscan friar and former president of Archbishop Ryan High School, for his death.
Newman was convicted of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the school and his religious order. He was sentenced in May 2009 to three to six years in state prison, followed by 10 years’ probation.
Editor’s note: The unimaginable grief the Baselice family has gracefully endured moved Kathy and myself deeply at the outset of Catholics4Change. It has remained one of our motivating forces. They have worked tirelessly to bring justice to victims and protect other children from sexual predators. Our prayers are with them and with 2014 we rededicate ourselves to helping them ensure that window legislation happens and the statute of limitations for child sex abuse is eliminated in Pennsylvania.