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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...]

Los Angeles archdiocese provides burial space to Native Americans

Land at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery and at Good Shepherd Cemetery offer permanent sites for the reburial of tribal ancestors

On a bright Saturday morning in late November, about 25 Native Americans from the Gabrielino/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians gathered to bless a piece of land where many of their ancestors will finally, after many years, get a proper burial.  While Andy Morales, the son of Chief Anthony Morales, prepared the earth by leading chants, burning sage, and spreading … [Read more...]

Sacramento bishop suspends retired priest accused of abuse

Bishop Jaime Soto directs Msgr. Murrough Wallace "to withdraw from ministry until more facts can be gathered" after anonymous accuser uses press conference to make allegations

The Diocese of Sacramento released a statement following a news conference this morning by Attorney Joe George concerning two priests of the Sacramento diocese and the upcoming publication by the diocese of a list of credibly accused priests who have served in Sacramento diocese. The following statement [excerpted] is from Fr. Michael Vaughan, vicar general of the Diocese of … [Read more...]

Los Angeles archdiocese adds 54 names to list of accused priests

In a departure from how other dioceses have handled such listings, Archbishop Jose Gomez instructed that the names of deceased priests with uncorroborated but plausible allegations be included

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles released on Thursday an updated list of priests accused of sexual abuse of minors, with the report showing two cases of alleged abuse of current minors in the archdiocese since 2008. The two cases were made public at the time the allegations were first received. Upon receiving the accusations, the archdiocese removed the two priests, Juan Cano … [Read more...]

Thousands honor Our Lady of Guadalupe in Oakland

Participants marched 7 miles in a procession with floats, musicians and costumes that culminated with Mass at Cathedral of Christ the Light

More than 3,000 people, some in glittering costumes, dancing and playing music, walked seven miles to Oakland's Cathedral of Christ the Light Saturday in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. "All of the parishes in Oakland are here today," plus many from other East Bay cities, said Monsignor Antonio Valdivia, a retired priest from St. Louis Bertrand Church in … [Read more...]