San Diego Mission pastor celebrates its 250 years with apology

"Great pain to the Native American people”

The following comes from a Jan. 10 story by Ken and Chris Stone in the Times of San Diego. The 22nd successor of Saint Junipero Serra as pastor of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, California’s first church, opened what he called a memorable year in its history Thursday by seeking to heal wounds of its early years. Launching a year of 250th anniversary events, the Rev. Peter … [Read more...]

CA Catholic legislators “seem very unchurched”

New CA bishops official Andy Rivas frets about sex abuse statutes

The following comes from a Jan. 7 story by Al Donner in the Oakland diocese Catholic Voice. The Catholic presence at the state Capitol intends to focus on three core issues in the 2019 legislative session — early childhood education, human life, and immigration — says Andy Rivas, new executive director of the California Catholic Conference. Those are core areas where … [Read more...]

Two Oakland parishes merge into Divine Mercy

100 families from St. Paschal Baylon and 900 families from St. Lawrence O’Toole-St. Cyril

The following comes from a Jan. 7 story by Albert Pacciorini in the Oakland diocese Catholic Voice. The New Year officially welcomed a new parish to the Oakland diocese on Jan. 1. Divine Mercy Parish is a union of two Oakland churches, St. Lawrence O’Toole-St. Cyril at 3725 High St., and St. Paschal Baylon, 3700 Dorisa Ave. St. Lawrence O’Toole-St. Cyril was formed in … [Read more...]

Christ Cathedral gets altar and crucifix

Orange diocese priests donated $900K for stone altar

The following comes from a Jan. 4 story on the website of Orange County Catholic. Construction crews recently put in place two centerpieces of Christ Cathedral – the Crux Gemmata and stone altar.  Crafted in Omaha, Nebraska from blackened steel and transported to Orange County in four separate pieces, the Crux Gemmata weighs 1,000 pounds, rises 18 feet above the … [Read more...]

For 13 years, they knew

Why are we only hearing the story of this L.A. bishop now?

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles knew for at least 13 years that one of its bishops had been accused of sexual abuse at a parish but did not inform the public until this week, despite repeated vows to disclose such information. The archdiocese, which over the years has paid out a record $740 million in settlements to victims of priest abuse, had promised to publicize the names … [Read more...]

LA auxiliary bishop resigns over allegation of sexually abusing minor

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar after archdiocese’s oversight board found allegation to be credible; Bishop Salazar denies any wrongdoing

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar of Los Angeles Wednesday after the archdiocese’s oversight board found a prior allegation of misconduct with a minor to be credible. Salazar’s alleged misconduct, which is said to have occurred while he was a parish priest in the 1990s, was previously investigated by both law enforcement in 2002 and … [Read more...]

San Diego priest found guilty of sexual assault on seminarian

Following conviction of Fr. Juan Garcia Castillo, San Diego diocese immediately removes him from ministry

A California priest was convicted Monday of sexually assaulting a seminarian. After his conviction, Fr. Juan Garcia Castillo will be listed on California’s sex offender registry, and could face up to six months of incarceration. During a week-long trial, the San Diego seminarian assaulted by Castillo testified that the priest approached him Feb. 4 in a restaurant bathroom and … [Read more...]

Renovations complete at House of Prayer for Priests in Orange diocese

After 30 years, House of Prayer gets major makeover: roof replaced, fresh paint, new air conditioning, each of 8 rooms gets new water heater, toilet, shower, beds

The House of Prayer in the Diocese of Orange is the only structure built specifically as a home for priests. Designed in a simple Southwestern style and surrounded by trees and California native plants, it has provided overnight space for solitary, reflection and one-on-one counseling; a community room for social interaction, including support groups; a Mass Chapel; and a … [Read more...]

First of its kind for Diocese of Orange

Strategic Plan two years in the making published by diocese

The  Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, led by the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, has published the first-ever Diocesan Strategic Plan in support of the mission, vision and priorities of the Diocese of Orange.   The Diocesan Strategic Plan, developed in collaboration with stakeholders across the Diocese, focuses on 6 key areas: Evangelization and faith formation, … [Read more...]

“I was fired”

Sister Ann Weltz, founder and executive director of Bay Area Crisis Nursery in Oakland diocese, forced out after 37 years; board of directors won't say why

For 37 years, the Bay Area Crisis Nursery has been Sister Ann Weltz’s life. She lives in the house next door. She didn’t have a personal telephone number. Anyone wanting to reach her called the nursery. The Bay Area Crisis Nursery, which Sister Ann founded and has served as executive director, is the only emergency, 24-hour nursery in the Bay Area. Parents facing a crisis, or … [Read more...]