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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Priest faces trial after alleged assault of San Diego seminarian

Fr. Juan Garcia Castillo was associate pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Carlsbad, California

A California priest has been charged with sexual battery, after he is alleged to have sexually assaulted a San Diego seminarian. The priest, Fr. Juan Garcia Castillo, is a member of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, a religious community of priests also known as the Eudists. On May 14, Castillo was charged with one count of misdemeanor sexual battery by the San Diego County … [Read more...]

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Crossed off the list?

Bishop Robert McElroy had been reported as a frontrunner to succeed Cardinal Donald Wuerl as Archbishop of Washington, D.C., but the San Diego prelate now faces questions regarding accountability and transparency surrounding abuse reports

The Bishop of San Diego has explained why he did not respond to a 2016 letter alleging sexual misconduct on the part of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and other Catholic clerics.   The letter was sent to Bishop Robert McElroy by psychotherapist Richard Sipe. McElroy has been reported as a frontrunner to succeed Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC. Calls in recent weeks … [Read more...]

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“The pastoral cannot be eclipsed by doctrine”

Bishop McElroy preaches that pastoral action does not immediately demand a change of life; sinners must first be given love and healing

The following is an excerpt from the keynote address given by Bishop of San Diego Robert McElroy to the United States Association of Priests on June 26, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico: We are living in a wonderful moment in the life of the Church. The authentic renewal of the Second Vatican Council remains the foundation and the challenge for those who seek to deepen the … [Read more...]

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Oceanside Unified School District suspends sex ed program for grades K-6

Parents say program is not age-appropriate

Oceanside Unified School District suspended sexual health instruction for grades K-6 Monday (June 18) after getting feedback from parents and community members through an online and written survey. Acting Superintendent Reggie Thompkins announced, “The district will be redesigning the K thru 6 sexual health curriculum with input from parents, district staff, and the community. … [Read more...]

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“The end of our great national tradition”

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy joins other bishops in denouncing decision by attorney general to put a stop to asylum claims based on domestic abuse, gang violence: "We have truly lost our moral compass as a country”

A decision to deny appeals for asylum in the United States based on claims of domestic abuse or gang violence has been deplored by Catholic leaders from coast to coast. San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy called a ruling by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reject such claims “a denial of our heritage.” “For the whole of our history, the United States has been a refuge for … [Read more...]

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San Diego diocese announces program to prevent family separation at the border

Bishop Robert McElroy celebrates June 10 border Mass, along with Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan, to launch the “Footprints of Tenderness” initiative

In response to the Trump administration’s policy that separates children from their parents arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, Bishop Robert McElroy has announced that the diocese of San Diego will launch a program aimed at keeping asylum-seeking families together. During a border mass on Saturday, McElroy said “I think it’s inhumane to deliberately separate mothers from … [Read more...]

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San Diego priest sentenced for sexual misconduct with woman

Diocesan spokesman: “Father Jacob is not expected to return to active ministry”

A chance encounter in Rome led a Minnesota woman to seek spiritual solace from a San Diegan studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood, Jacob Bertrand. She received his prayers — and a sexual relationship that Bertrand later described as “the second holiest sacrifice next to Jesus and Mary on Calvary.” In a Minnesota courtroom Monday, Bertrand was sentenced to 10 years … [Read more...]

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Churches worth driving to

John Paul the Great Catholic University chapel, Escondido

  Name of Church John Paul the Great Catholic University chapel Address 155 W. Grand Avenue in downtown Escondido Phone number (858) 653-6740 Website www.jpcatholic.edu Mass times Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. during the 40 weeks of the year when classes are in session.  The public is welcome to attend. The Mass draws some Chaldean rite seminarians, hence … [Read more...]

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Diocese of San Diego promotes LGBT retreat headed by Protestant dissidents

Retreat is given for Catholic parents

In the April 22, 2018, Sunday bulletin at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in the Diocese of San Diego, there appeared an advertisement for a “Q Christian Parents Retreat.” The current “Pastoral Administrator” at St. John’s is Kevin Casey, S.J. The parish also has its own “LGBT Outreach.” In 2017, the parish, located in the center of the San Diego LGBT neighborhood of … [Read more...]

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