Carlsbad priest gets 60 days for groping seminarian

The following comes from a Jan. 18 story on NBC-Los Angeles. A former associate pastor at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Carlsbad was sentenced Friday to 60 days in jail and three years probation after being found guilty of misdemeanor sexual battery last month. Rev. Juan Garcia Castillo will … [Read More...]

Santa Barbara City College, part 2: “I’m controlling my life”

California Catholic reporter Mary Rose visits a California college each week and ask students about God, good, and evil.  Edison, studying accounting Moved to Santa Barbara from Santa Rosa four months ago Interviewed him on the way to his class in the Drama-Music Building at Santa Barbara … [Read More...]

Santa Barbara City College part 1: “Society has changed”

California Catholic reporter Mary Rose visits a California college each week and ask students about God, good, and evil.  Berenice Ramirez, studying kinesiology Outside Luria Library at Santa Barbara City College December 3, 2018 Do you consider yourself religious? Berenice: … [Read More...]

Too many converts in the U.S. church?

The following comes from a Jan. 9 story in First Things by George Weigel, biographer of Pope John Paul II. The Vatican is a hotbed of rumor, gossip, and speculation at the best of times—and these times are not those times. The Roman atmosphere at the beginning of 2019 is typically fetid and … [Read More...]

President pledges to veto any pro-abortion legislation

The following comes from a Jan. 18 story in the Washington Post President Trump and Vice President Pence surprised thousands of protesters demonstrating against abortion on the Mall in Washington by making unannounced speeches at Friday’s March for Life. Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, strode … [Read More...]

Sacramento diocese offers myParish App

The following comes from a Jan. 11 release by the Diocese of Sacramento. In the new evangelization, the church teaches “meeting people where they are.” Increasingly, mobile devices are where people are. We have so much information in our hands, so how can we ensure that faith is at the fingertips? … [Read More...]

Senate rebukes California Sen. Kamala Harris

The following comes from a Jan. 16 story by The Washington Free Beacon. On Wednesday the Senate approved a resolution that rebuked two Democratic senators for questioning judicial nominees about their membership in the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization. The resolution, … [Read More...]

Apostolic nuncio, not Wuerl, will celebrate Mass for Life

The following comes from a Jan. 16 story from Catholic News Agency. Cardinal Donald Wuerl will not celebrate the Jan. 18 Mass for Life, to be held at a youth rally before the annual March for Life. Wuerl was scheduled to be the principal celebrant of the Mass. In his stead will be Archbishop … [Read More...]

First classical academy in San Francisco archdiocese

The following comes from a Jan. 17 story by San Francisco Catholic. Guided by a new principal and support from the pastor and the archdiocesan Department of Catholic Schools, Star of the Sea School in San Francisco will become the first Catholic school in the archdiocese to offer students from … [Read More...]

Grief, shame, raging anger

The following comes from a Jan. 14 story by The Press Democrat. Addressing history of sexual abuse in local Catholic Church, Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa told reporters Monday that it was a source of “tremendous sadness and grief and shame and, honestly, a raging anger that these men did what they … [Read More...]

Planned Parenthood to testify on illegal selling of baby body parts

  The following news release comes from Daniel Piedra, fcdflegal.org. Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund attorneys representing pro-life journalist, David Daleiden, will be deposing senior-level Planned Parenthood officials about the abortion giant’s illegal selling of baby parts. The … [Read More...]

Mahony to address 2019 catechist congress

The following comes from a Jan. 11 story by Joseph Sciambra on LifeSiteNews. Despite a 2013 statement from Archbishop Jose Gomez, the current head of the largest archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, Cardinal Roger Mahony will speak at the 2019 Los Angeles Religious … [Read More...]

Bishop Soto suspends hand holding, shaking hands during Mass

The following comes from a Jan. 10 notice on the Sacramento diocese website. The California Department of Public Health has reported that the incidence of flu and flu-like illnesses is widespread and has reached a level requiring that we enact preventive measures to mitigate the possibility of … [Read More...]

Bishop McElroy denies gay subculture among San Diego priests – and a response

The following comes from a Jan. 14 story in the Times of San Diego by Chris Stone. Despite voiced parishioner concerns, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy denies that a gay subculture exists among diocesean priests or seminarians — men studying to be Roman Catholic priests. Writing in the January … [Read More...]