John Paul the Great U. responds to news from New York

"The [Dec. 4] letter is a lie”

The following comes from a Dec. 28 story posted on Catholic News Agency. The Archdiocese of New York told a California college this month that a local priest had never been accused of sexual abuse, even while the priest was being investigated by the archdiocese for several abuse charges. An administrator at the college called the letter “a lie,” and said she can no longer … [Read more...]

Plans for new Catholic high school in San Jose diocese hit major roadblock

In 5-2 vote, government agency responsible for municipal boundaries won't approve annexation of land to Morgan Hill, dooming proposed school in Santa Clara County

A Catholic high school has been talked about in the Morgan Hill for nearly a decade, but the Diocese of San Jose has run into a series of setbacks getting its 40 acres of land—their preferred site of the future school—annexed into the city. The latest of these hurdles is the denial of an annexation proposal Dec. 5 by the county commission charged with authorizing city … [Read more...]

LA archdiocese to press charges against sisters accused of embezzlement

While the archdiocese initially announced that it would not press charges in the case, an archdiocesan spokesman said Monday afternoon that the archdiocese will become a “complaining party” in the case

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles will file a criminal complaint against religious sisters who have been accused of embezzling from a Catholic school at which they had worked for more than a decade. Sr. Mary Margaret Kreuper, CSJ and Sr. Lana Chang, CSJ, who both retired this year from St. James Catholic School in Torrance, are alleged to have misappropriated nearly $500,000 from … [Read more...]

Religious sisters may have spent embezzled money on travel and casinos

Two sisters who retired from St. James Catholic School in Torrance earlier this year told parents school was operating on a shoestring budget, while allegedly embezzling as much as $500,000

See previous CalCatholic story, "Religious sisters found to have stolen money from Redondo Beach Catholic school" Two longtime nuns at St. James Catholic School in Torrance allegedly embezzled as much as $500,000 in tuition, fees and donations, perhaps spending some of the money on trips and gambling at casinos while telling parents the school was operating on a shoestring … [Read more...]

Religious sisters found to have stolen money from Redondo Beach Catholic school

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet misappropriated funds for their personal use over a period of years while working at St. James School; order promises to reimburse the school

An internal investigation by a Redondo Beach Catholic parish has found that two longtime nuns who worked at the St. James School misappropriated a “substantial” amount of school funds for their personal use over a period of years, according to a letter sent to school families Wednesday. Msgr. Michael Meyers, the pastor at St. James Catholic Church, said in the letter that the … [Read more...]

Two California bishops nominated to lead USCCB committees

Bishop Michael Barber nominated to head Committee on Catholic Education, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone nominated as chairman for Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth

When the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop convenes next week, much of the attention with focus on how the bishops will address the recent clerical abuse scandals. But the bishops will also be electing new leadership for six of the conference committees. The USCCB will gather in Baltimore for its general assembly Nov. 12-14. On the ballot will be candidates for the … [Read more...]

Jury awards teacher fired by Catholic school $3.57 million in damages

Science teacher at Transfiguration School in Los Angeles alleged she was fired for being pregnant and unwed, school argued she was terminated for other reasons

A former Leimert Park Catholic school teacher who sued the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, alleging she was fired for being pregnant and unwed, was awarded $3.57 million by a jury today. The Los Angeles Superior Court panel deliberated for less than a day before finding in favor of Kourtney Liggins, who was a science teacher at Transfiguration School, in her lawsuit that alleged … [Read more...]

Cal-State San Marcos sued over refusal to fund pro-life student group

University denied Students for Life’s $500 request to help fund visit by guest speaker while giving $300,000 a year to Gender Equity Center and the LGBTQA Pride Center

In the grand scheme of things, $75 may not seem like that big of a deal. I’m not an accounting major, after all, so my student activities fee didn’t particularly stand out as I was enrolling for classes at Cal State San Marcos. It was only when I realized where my money was going — and not going — that I started to be concerned. Turns out, the lion’s share of the $2.1 million … [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...]

Gov. Brown vetoes bill requiring abortion pill at student health centers

Says measure that would have required all University of California and California State University campuses to offer the pills was unnecessary

“Access to reproductive health services, including abortion, is a long-protected right in California,” Governor Brown said in his veto message. However, he added that because the average distance to abortion providers in campus communities is five to seven miles, as stated in a study sponsored by the SB320 supporters, the bill is “not necessary.” California Senator … [Read more...]