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Three new priests for San Francisco archdiocese

Fathers Kyle J. Faller, Ernesto M. Jandonero and Michael P. Rocha were ordained Saturday morning, May 18, at St. Mary’s Cathedral by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone reminded three seminarians before their ordination that prayer is at the heart of a priest’s relationship to Christ.  In his homily during the archdiocesan priestly ordination Mass on May 18, Archbishop Cordileone told the men to “‘Pray without ceasing’: make this always the center of your life, that it may animate all you do and are as … [Read more...]

Six California dioceses launch compensation program for abuse victims

Plans for the new program have been underway since last fall and a launch date is still being finalized

Six of California’s Catholic dioceses - including the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest - announced on Tuesday that it was launching an Independent Compensation Program for survivors of clergy sex abuse. The new program will be designed and managed by Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros, national mediation experts who managed the compensation payouts to victims … [Read more...]

Attorney general expands scrutiny to all California dioceses

All 12 dioceses asked to preserve files and documents; Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, Orange, Sacramento and San Jose dioceses told to turn over records to investigators

Xavier Becerra, the California Attorney General, has asked all 12 dioceses in California to preserve files and documents that concern their compliance as mandatory reporters of child abuse to local law enforcement. In addition, the Attorney General’s Office has asked that six of the 12 dioceses voluntarily produce these same documents so that the AG’s Office can monitor … [Read more...]

Fresno bishop calls out “ugly, mean-spirited” comments in sex abuse case

Bishop Joseph Brennan issued statement on May 10 in apparent response to calls for apology over public remarks by attorney for an accused priest

The Diocese of Fresno’s new bishop has denounced comments made by a priest’s defense attorney targeting alleged victims of sexual abuse, calling the statements “unacceptable.” Rev. Joseph V. Brennan’s statement came Friday afternoon, two days after an advocacy group demanded he make a public apology over comments made by Bakersfield attorney Kyle Humphrey. Humphrey is … [Read more...]

Not to be welcomed

San Jose diocese warns of priest, religious order who aren't authorized to minister within the area

The following was posted April 29 on the San Jose diocesan website: The Diocese of San Jose has received reports regarding unauthorized fundraising activities of Father Mauricio Cuesta Pardo, founder of the Misioneros Marianos. Father Cuesta Pardo at various times purports to be from either Colombia or the Diocese of Leon, Nicaragua. Father Cuesta Pardo does not possess … [Read more...]

Repulsed and heartbroken

Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto issues letter to faithful about list of priests and deacons accused of sexually abusing young people

The following is from an April 27 letter by Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento: This week, I will publish on our diocesan website (, the list of priests and deacons who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors and young people in the Diocese of Sacramento. The list will account for our history of sexual abuse over the last seven decades and is a necessary … [Read more...]

California bishops, Los Angeles archdiocese fire back at attorney

Issue statements refuting lawyer's statements at press conference over judge's dismissal of nuisance claims filed against Church

The following are statements from the California Catholic Conference (CCC) and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from April 29 regarding comments made by attorney Jeff Anderson in a press conference held the same day.  California Catholic Conference statement: Contrary to statements by Attorney Jeff Anderson today, the ANTI-SLAPP court ruling supported the California Catholic … [Read more...]

San Diego bishop reacts to fatal synagogue shooting

Bishop Robert McElroy expresses "profound sadness and outrage," asks priests to include victims and the Jewish community in petitions at Sunday Masses

San Diego Catholic Bishop Robert W. McElroy issued a statement after today’s shooting, which left one person dead and three injured at a local synagogue. And he asked all the priests in the diocese to say prayers in Sunday Masses for the victims and for the Jewish community. “Our hearts go out to everyone at Chabad House Poway for the senseless violence that took place earlier … [Read more...]

Statue vandalized at Chino parish

Virgin Mary beheaded; eerily similar to separate incident last month

A vandal appears to be targeting Catholic churches in Pomona Valley, with the most recent attack on a beloved statue at a Chino church. On March 30, a vandal trespassed onto the property and delivered a blow that severed the statue in two. The damage made the church recall a strikingly similar crime at another local Catholic church. Just a month ago and three miles away in … [Read more...]

Priest of Oakland diocese arrested on child-abuse charges

Fr. Hector David Mendoza-Vela of Corpus Christi Parish in Fremont jailed on 30 counts of “lewd and lascivious acts” with a minor

The head priest of the Corpus Christi Parish in Fremont has been arrested on suspicion of 30 counts of child sex abuse, officials said Sunday. The Rev. Hector David Mendoza-Vela, 42, was arrested Thursday and booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, where he is awaiting an arraignment in Alameda County Superior Court. His bail was set at $900,000. The abuse happened over an … [Read more...]