Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

30 Years Ago

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

30 Years Ago

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Rift Spurs Churches to Adopt New Rituals

Catholic Bishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua's traditional interpretation of women's role in Holy Thursday services is fostering new rituals and raising expectations for more participation by women in the church.

In McKees Rocks, the Rev. Richard Dorsch, pastor of St. Francis de Sales parish, will kneel before a group of parishioners, whose feet he otherwise would have washed, in a gesture of dedication to them.

The 76-member Association of Pittsburgh Priests is calling on parishes and motherhouses, where the bishop has banned the washing of women's feet on Holy Thursday, to develop alternative ceremonies that include both men and women.

1842 English author Charles Dickens arrived with his wife at the Exchange Hotel, Penn Avenue at Sixth, for a three-day visit in Pittsburgh. …

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