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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San Francisco archbishop to meet with faithful on sex-abuse scandals

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone schedules five meetings in different cities "for people in our archdiocese to meet with me and speak to me directly"

The following is an excerpt of a letter from Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco: September 21, 2018 Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle Dear People of the Archdiocese of San Francisco,  In my letter to you of August 17, 2018, I explained that I would consult the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese and my Cabinet in order to determine how I would designate an act … [Read more...]

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Sacramento diocese gets new vicar general

Fr. Michael Vaughan, currently Pastor of St. Peter and All Hallows in Sacramento, has been appointed Vicar General for the Diocese of Sacramento, effective October 1

To: Priests and Deacons From: Bishop Jaime Soto Date: September 25, 2018 Subject: Vicar General Announcement I am appointing Fr. Michael Vaughan, Vicar General for the Diocese of Sacramento, effective October 1, 2018. Fr. Vaughan currently serves as the Pastor of St. Peter and All Hallows in Sacramento. He will continue to serve in this position until January 13, 2019, … [Read more...]

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Oakland bishop suspends pastor after accused priest allowed to administer sacraments

Bishop Michael Barber places pastor of St. Isidore Parish in Danville on leave for letting priest accused of inappropriate behavior with children say Mass and offer sacraments

The Bishop of Oakland has put a Danville pastor on leave after learning he let an itinerant priest who was removed from ministry over a child abuse accusation in another diocese celebrate Mass and sacraments at St. Isidore Parish. In a Sept. 21 letter to parishioners read at Mass last weekend, Bishop Michael C. Barber said he learned last week from another diocese’s … [Read more...]

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“This is just another one of their games”

San Jose diocese, Church blasted at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Palo Alto during first of three "listening sessions" planned by Bishop Patrick McGrath in response to sexual abuse crisis

Angry and hurt over national reports of clergy abuse that have again rocked the Catholic Church to its core, dozens of residents confronted Bishop Patrick McGrath Saturday to demand transparency as the Diocese of San Jose prepares to launch its own investigation. About 70 people — including alleged victims of abuse — gathered at Our Lady of the Rosary for a listening session … [Read more...]

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San Diego: protesters to demand reforms from Bishop McElroy

On September 28, Catholics will gather at San Diego Roman Catholic Diocese Pastoral Center to pray and protest

San Diego Catholics plan to hold a peaceful, prayerful protest Friday, Sept. 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Roman Catholic Diocese pastoral center, 3888 Paducah Drive, to pray for Bishop Robert McElroy and demand reforms. The protest is being organized in the wake of the resignation of former Washington, D.C. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick for sexual abuse of a minor … [Read more...]

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San Bernardino Diocese will release name of every priest accused of sexual abuse

List will be published on the diocese's website within two weeks

The San Bernardino Catholic Diocese plans to release the names of every priest who has been credibly accused of sexually abusing children over 40 years. Diocese spokesman John Andrews said Tuesday that the list will be published on the diocese's website within two weeks. The disclosure will be among the latest made or planned by dioceses around the country, including in San … [Read more...]

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