Though details on the so-called "reparation funds" remained hazy - including just how much church officials have set aside in each diocese to compensate victims - Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput described the church's financial commitment in his city as "significant."
As McCord prepares to be sentenced Tuesday before U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III for his crimes, the key to his punishment is how much credit he will receive for his cooperation with federal authorities and how happy prosecutors were with his performance as a government witness.
A group of Philadelphia senators is championing language that was inserted into a state gambling bill last month that would divert about $2 million in casino revenues for economic development and revitalization projects - some say pet projects - across the city. It is money that could otherwise have gone directly to schools or into the city's general fund
Angela Couloumbis covers state government in Harrisburg. She has been a reporter at the Inquirersince 1996, covering city government, courts and neighborhoods in Philadelphia and Camden, and the governors and governments of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.