SSPX bishops authorized to ordain priests without permission of local bishops

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the traditionalist group, says he received letter from Rome last yea

Bishops of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) have been authorized by Pope Francis to ordain new priests without the approval of the local diocesan bishop, according to Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior of the traditionalist group. “Last year, I received a letter from Rome, telling me you can freely ordain your priests without the permission of the local ordinary,” Bishop … [Read more...]

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“Thou shalt not get caught”

Woodland woman sues Sacramento diocese over alleged sexual assault by priest, diocese says it acted forcefully once it learned there was a problem

Dorothy Small met the new priest at Woodland’s Holy Rosary Catholic Church in April 2014, and almost immediately the Rev. Renerio Sabuga Jr. began inviting her out for bicycle rides or dinner, Small says. Within weeks, she said, the priest – known to parishioners as “Father Jong” – would confide in her with intensely private thoughts. In a matter of months, that stance … [Read more...]

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Three cardinals and an archbishop

Quartet of Los Angeles-born-raised-and-educated priests share unique link to the Catholic hierarchy

Archbishop Emeritus George Niederauer of San Francisco, who died May 2, was part of a quartet of Los Angeles-born-raised-and-educated priests who shared a remarkable and certainly unique link to the Catholic hierarchy. For rarely, if ever, has a single region produced so many future bishops in so short of a time period. The four --- born within 14 months (and 30 miles) of one … [Read more...]

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Archbishop George Niederauer succumbs to lung disease

Retired San Francisco archbishop died May 2 at Nazareth House in San Rafael, was 80 years old

Archbishop George Niederauer, the eighth archbishop of San Francisco and a leader in the contentious 2008 battle to pass Proposition 8 that banned same-sex marriage in California, has died. Archbishop Niederauer died Tuesday of lung disease at Nazareth House, a Catholic senior care facility in San Rafael, at the age of 80. “Religious leaders have the constitutional right … [Read more...]

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What do priests do with their free time?

They surf, restore classic cars, body surf, collect memorabilia, or engage in off-road motorcycling, according to Orange diocese's newspaper

We asked four Diocese of Orange priests about their outside interests. Here is what they said: Classic Resurrection Rev. Msgr. Douglas Cook's longtime passion for fixing up classic old cars comes from his father. “My dad worked on cars all the time,” says Msgr. Cook, rector of Holy Family Cathedral. “He was a very patient teacher and a talented mechanic.” These days, … [Read more...]

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As many as 120 Catholic priests in the U.S. are married

Paths, although they are narrow, already exist for married men to enter priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis made headlines across the globe when he suggested he was open to the idea of ordaining married men as a way to alleviate priest shortages in remote areas. Some raised their eyebrows and took note, whereas other Catholics shrugged, pointing out that paths, although they are narrow, already exist for married men to enter priesthood in the Roman Catholic … [Read more...]

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San Francisco’s radical parish prepares next step

Adoration chapel to open March 25

California Catholic Exclusive. On March 13, 14, and 15, San Francisco’s Star of the Sea parish will host its 2017 Lenten Mission. Church pastor Fr. Joseph Illo explained that the Lenten parish mission will be focused on adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in anticipation of a new adoration chapel opening. The mission will be given by Fr. Victor Warkulwiz of the … [Read more...]

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