Median age for leaving the church is 13

At a symposium prior to the Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference, researchers from St. Mary’s Press discussed findings from their study “Going, Going, Gone: the Dynamics of Catholic Disaffiliation”

To find Catholics who have left the church, start looking at the faces in the pews, according to a recent report. A 2018 study on young adults leaving the Catholic Church found people stopped identifying as Catholics at a median age of 13 years old, long before they ceased attending a parish. The report adds to the picture of a church that more people are leaving and that fewer … [Read more...]

Statue of St. Junipero Serra stolen

Thieves took the statue from a courtyard at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach

Thieves stole a statue of California missions founder Father Junipero Serra from a Redondo Beach church’s courtyard and a plaque from a treasured Torrance war memorial in recent weeks. The Father Serra statue stood outside St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church on Prospect Avenue. It was discovered missing the morning of Nov. 15, said church liturgist Eve Moir. “They gouged out … [Read more...]

Study: High correlation between homosexual priests and clerical abuse

Analysis by Catholic University sociologist finds strong relationship between proportion of homosexuals in the priesthood and incidence of sexual abuse by the clergy

A new study from the Ruth Institute has demonstrated a high correlation between the proportion of homosexuals in the Catholic priesthood and the incidence of sexual abuse by the clergy. The study conducted by Father Paul Sullins, a Catholic University sociologist, found that the percentage of homosexual men in the priesthood has risen sharply. The study also found a disturbing … [Read more...]

Bishop Vann blesses chapel at Catholic school in Rancho Santa Margarita

Outside the chapel at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is a rosary garden, canopied by olive trees, which includes an inlaid stone rosary and cross

More than 600 faculty and staff, families and city leaders celebrated the completion of the final phase of construction at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School in Rancho Santa Margarita on Saturday, Oct. 6. Among those attending were founding families: Ralph and Oonagh Linzmeier, Bill and Pat Kaszton and Steve and Kathy Brandlin. Bishop Vann was also present and blessed the … [Read more...]

Facing Alzheimer’s with faith

Ontario parish rallies behind longtime pastor who retires after diagnosis

Father John Vieira gathers with the Portuguese community at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish every Sunday to celebrate Mass in their shared native tongue.   Conceived in the Azore Islands and raised among the Portuguese farming community in Ontario, Fr. Vieira takes great comfort in this cultural touchstone. It is also helping him adjust to a daunting new chapter in his life: … [Read more...]

Tuesday: report on state of Church in California

California Catholic Daily will publish its first annual report on Catholicism in the Golden State

On September 4, California Catholic Daily will publish an in-depth report on the following: Yearly statistics by diocese  California bishop statements of note Anti-Catholic incidents Personnel changes Vandalism at California churches Dark news Positive signs The extensive report is based on stories from California Catholic Daily from September 1, 2017 … [Read more...]

Father Illo speaks on Humanae Vitae and clerical abuse

"If I could give you a magic potion that would guarantee life long married love and fidelity, what would you pay for it?"

Editor's note: California Catholic Daily publishes Homilies of Note as a regular feature, but these two by Father Joseph Illo of Star of the Sea in San Francisco stood out. Transcribed versions are below the videos: Father Illo on Humanae Vitae, July 22, 2018: I want to tell you a story of a man who made a very unpopular … [Read more...]

“Returning to the New Testament roots of the diaconate”

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber tells new transitional deacons: "I’m asking you to join me in serving the poor tomorrow morning, a few blocks away from here in People’s Park”

At St. Joseph the Worker Church in Berkeley, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, ordained four men to the transitional deaconate on Aug. 4. Bishop Barber wasted little time in putting Peter Lawongkerd, John Pietruszka, Javier Ramirez and Mark Ruiz to work. “Before mounting the pulpit tomorrow, to proclaim the Gospel or preach the Word of God or offer your first sermon. Before … [Read more...]

Tulare priest gets probation for stealing $300,000 from parish

Fresno Bishop Armando Ochoa says diocese using "restorative justice" approach for Fr. Ignacio Villafan, who remains on administrative leave

Catholic priest Ignacio Villafan, 52, was sentenced Wednesday to five years probation for stealing over $300,000 from the Tulare church where he served as the pastor in charge, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office said. The sentence by Judge Gary Paden is too lenient because Villafan is not going to jail, District Attorney Tim Ward said. “To think that a person could … [Read more...]

Suspect arrested in vandalism, arson at St. Charles Borromeo Church

investigators pulled security camera footage from buildings surrounding the church

Los Angeles police said this week they arrested a man they believe set three fires inside St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood and a fourth just outside the church’s doors last week that caused extensive damage to the iconic building. In a written statement, officials said 58-year-old Russel Congleton was arrested on Monday by a task force of LAPD investigators. The … [Read more...]