Cardinal O’Malley cancels trip to World Meeting of Families

Archdiocese says he will stay in Boston to deal with problems at St. John's Seminary that require his "personal attention and presence"

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap. of Boston will not be attending next week’s World Meeting of Families in Dublin due to the ongoing investigation into St. John’s Seminary, the Archdiocese of Boston announced on Wednesday. Previously, O’Malley had been scheduled to moderate a panel and discussion in Ireland titled “Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults." O’Malley is … [Read more...]

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U.S. bishops invite Vatican investigation into McCarrick scandal

Bishops will invite the Vatican to conduct an official Apostolic Visitation to the United States to address questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick, in consultation with the lay members of the National Review Board

The U.S. bishops’ conference called for a Vatican-led investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and cover-ups surrounding Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, as well for new abuse reporting processes, and greater involvement of laity in addressing abuse concerns.   “We are faced with a spiritual crisis that requires not only spiritual conversion, but practical changes to … [Read more...]

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California Senate passes measure outlawing conversion therapy

Bill's sponsor says it will stop "harmful and deceptive practices," opponents vow lawsuit

The California Senate has passed a bill that would inhibit the church's ability to teach on sexuality and anyone seeking counseling to change their same-sex attraction. It does that by outlawing sexual orientation change efforts. The bill (AB2943) now heads back to the California Assembly for a "concurrence" vote where it's expected to pass.  The assembly previously passed the … [Read more...]

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New Catholic school opens on site of old St. Elizabeth campus in Oakland

Cristo Rey De La Salle opened Aug. 15 in the Fruitvale neighborhood, will exclusively serve low-income students

Where St. Elizabeth High School once stood for almost a century in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, a renovated school has arisen with a new spirit, a new mission and even a new name: Cristo Rey De La Salle. It’s a school where students are expected to earn their subsidized tuition by working one day a week at a local company that foots a good chunk of the bill. And it’s … [Read more...]

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SNAP calls for statewide abuse investigation in California

Following release of grand jury report in Pennsylvania, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says it will ask Attorney General Xavier Becerra to impanel similar panel in the Golden State

This week’s release of a scathing grand jury report in Pennsylvania detailing hundreds of previously unknown sexual abuse allegations against Catholic priests has sent disturbing new questions reverberating across California and the country: How many more victims are out there and how many more abusive priests are left to be exposed? The answer is a lot, survivors, lawyers, … [Read more...]

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California bishops respond to recent scandals

Bishop Vann and Archbishop Gomez call for purification of Church

Editor’s Note: The following reflection from Bishop Kevin Vann was written and submitted to OC Catholic newspaper on Wednesday, August 15, the feast day of the Assumption of Our Lady.  My dear sisters and brothers in the Lord, It is with the utmost sorrow that I write to you in this time of great scandal and tribulation in our Church. Many people in leadership, particularly … [Read more...]

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Latin Mass to be sung at San Quentin State Prison

First Mass scheduled for August 25, among various initiatives of the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship in San Francisco archdiocese

Among the various initiatives of the recently rejuvenated Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, which is under the patronage of His Excellency Archbishop Cordileone and the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the Latin Mass is to return to San Quentin State Prison, with the first Mass scheduled for August 25th. The Institute runs its own schola, which is a … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis “breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants”

In an admiring portrait of the pope, Fr Thomas Rosica wrote that Francis is able to do so because he is “free from disordered attachments”

Under Pope Francis, the Church is now “openly ruled by an individual rather than by the authority of Scripture alone or even its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture,” a Vatican adviser has said. In an admiring portrait of the Pope, Fr Thomas Rosica wrote that Francis “breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants” because he is “free from disordered attachments”. Fr … [Read more...]

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Onetime owner of Catholic Online website headed to prison

Michael Galloway was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for tax evasion

A man who years ago was the subject of Eyewitness News investigations after allegations surfaced that he defrauded a host of Catholic charities is now headed to prison. The Department of Justice announced Monday that 63-year-old Michael Galloway was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for tax evasion. He was previously convicted on four counts. Galloway improperly … [Read more...]

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“We want to learn how to teach children so they can sing beautifully”

Workshop trains parish music directors, teachers, priests, and religious sisters how to instruct children and teens to sing Gregorian Chant, one of several initiatives of the Benedict XVI Institute founded by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Parish music directors, teachers, priests, and religious sisters gathered near San Francisco last week for a workshop helping them learn how to teach children and teens how to sing Gregorian chant. The Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship held a Teaching Children's Chant Camp Workshop in Menlo Park, about 30 miles south of San Francisco, Aug. 9-12. Among … [Read more...]

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