Sacramento bishop warns of “unauthorized rites”

In Sept. 25 memo, Bishop Jaime Soto tells priests and parishioners that unauthorized Masses and other sacraments are being celebrated "in houses, halls, parks and other places"

Sept. 25, 2018 Dear Parishioners and Priests: It has come to our attention that there have been unauthorized Masses and other sacraments celebrated in houses, halls, parks and other places. These are usually performed by priests who come from outside the Diocese of Sacramento. The 2006 Statutes of the Diocese of Sacramento (# 25, 26, and 91), the Code of Canon Law for … [Read more...]

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Vandals target Old Mission Santa Barbara again

Deface pillars with 3-foot-high graffiti, splatter paint on front door and walkway; statue of St. Junipero Serra removed last year after someone poured red paint over it and cut off its head

Vandals caused more than $25,000 in damage to the Old Mission Santa Barbara overnight, scrawling “rape” on several pillars and misspelling the word “genocide” with red paint on the stone front of the historic building. At least one vandal broke a small window and splattered red paint on the front door and the walkway leading up to the church. The person also wrote “never … [Read more...]

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On the hot seat in El Cajon

Crowd peppers San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy with tough questions at "listening session" held at Our Lady of Grace Church

On October 4th, San Diego's Bishop Robert McElroy held the third in a series of eight "listening sessions" that he said would “focus on seeking input from people in the pews" regarding the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church and the actions required to heal from the scandal. A crowd of roughly 300 people filled the parish hall of Our Lady of Grace in El Cajon. The hall … [Read more...]

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Grassroots group demands “forthright, truthful answers” from Bishop McElroy

Concerned Catholics of San Diego was formed in reaction to sex abuse scandal

"Acting with urgency and with purpose," local Catholic lay leaders have launched Concerned Catholics of San Diego (CCSD), a grassroots initiative spearheaded by attorney Charles LiMandri. The first order of business: Seek "truthful answers" from San Diego Bishop Robert W. McElroy about the sex-abuse crisis. "The Catholic Church, including here in San Diego, is facing an … [Read more...]

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“We have nothing to hide”

In letter to faithful, Oakland Bishop Michael Barber says names of all credibly accused priests in diocese will be released in about 45 days

The following is an excerpt of a letter from Bishop Barber of Oakland: Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, In the wake of recent reports of scandal in the Catholic Church, I have decided the Diocese of Oakland will release the names of all clergy — diocesan, religious order and extern priests — who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor. This is the latest … [Read more...]

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Santa Ysabel Mission celebrates 200 years

Bicentennial observed with outdoor mass, celebration continues with festival on Oct. 20

The Santa Ysabel Indian Mission kicked off its bicentennial celebration with an outdoor Mass on Sept. 16. Father William Kernan, who serves as pastor of the mission as well as St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in neighboring Julian, expressed hope that this jubilee year will foster renewal and a sense of hope as the community looks toward its future. The 200th anniversary … [Read more...]

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Events planned in LA for Oct. 14 Romero canonization

As home to the largest population of Salvadorans outside of El Salvador, Los Angeles is preparing for canonization of Blessed Oscar Romero

As home to the largest population of Salvadorans outside of El Salvador, Los Angeles will join in preparing for and celebrating the canonization of bishop and martyr Blessed Oscar Romero by Pope Francis on October 14, 2018. Here is a list of some local Romero-related events in LA: Friday, October 5 Screening of digitally restored version of 1989 film “Romero.” Mount St. … [Read more...]

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Southern California man sues all Catholic bishops in the state

Bishops: Suit based on cases that are many years old and do not reflect current practices, information has long been known to the public

In a wide-ranging complaint that calls out the sexual misconduct of more than two dozen priests who at one time worked in the Bay Area, a Southern California man who says he was sexually abused by his parish priest decades ago has sued all Catholic bishops in California, seeking to compel church officials to release records on clergy abuse. The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Thomas … [Read more...]

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San Diego bishop greeted by angry questions

Overflow crowd attends first of eight 'listening sessions' by Bishop Robert McElroy, who challenged the idea that sexual orientation has anything to do with clergy abuse

Bishop Robert McElroy may have thought he was bringing good news Monday to 330 Roman Catholics attending his first “listening session” on pedophile priests. McElroy outlined the sensitive way the San Diego diocese responds to sex-abuse reports. He said the “history of abuse is in the past” with no credible accusations against living priests since 2002. But in the parish hall … [Read more...]

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Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem meeting in Orange diocese

2018 annual meeting of order's Western Lieutenancy under way in Garden Grove; 600 members expected to participate

Bishop Kevin Vann will serve as Honorary Chair of the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Western Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem taking place Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. More than 600 Knights, Ladies and Clergy from the Diocese of Orange will attend the event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Garden Grove. The theme of the annual meeting, “Pilgrims Together,” … [Read more...]

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