Six California dioceses launch compensation program for abuse victims

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

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2019-05-14T16:18:54-07:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: |10 Comments

Attorney general expands scrutiny to all California dioceses

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

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2019-05-13T21:00:31-07:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: , |2 Comments

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

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

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2019-05-13T20:28:53-07:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|4 Comments

Priest of Oakland diocese arrested on child-abuse charges

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

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2019-04-01T13:21:41-07:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: |10 Comments

Rector of Cathedral of Christ the Light dies unexpectedly

Parishioners and visitors to the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland gathered for Sunday morning Mass, where an announcement was made about the unexpected passing of their rector. The Very Rev. Jay Matthews had just said mass on Saturday

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2019-04-01T13:21:43-07:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: |3 Comments

Two foreign priests get parish assignments in Santa Rosa diocese

Two new priests came to the Diocese of Santa Rosa in February to exercise their priestly ministry. Reverend Rowell MOP from the Philippines, is a Religious priest of the Missionaries of the Poor and Reverend Sudhakar Mannam from India, is

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2019-03-12T12:47:57-07:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: , |6 Comments