Bakersfield church vandalized
Trash can set on fire, the word 'rape' spray-painted on doors of St. Francis of Assisi Church; pastor was recently cleared by police of abuse charges

The word “rape” was spray-painted on the walls of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Wednesday morning, days after the Bakersfield Police Department said it did not find “any allegations of criminal behavior with corroborative evidence” in regard to

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2019-08-01T12:30:15-07:00August 1st, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: |1 Comment

Burglar ate church’s famous tamales during six-hour break-in
Thief also stole two TVs and two telephones from St. Augustine Catholic Church in Lamont

A man who broke into a church office in Lamont used a microwave to warm up and nosh on homemade tamales, then apparently relaxed for a few hours before ransacking the office and making off with TVs and phones.

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2019-07-04T19:05:48-07:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Church life|Tags: |3 Comments

Thief makes off with crucifix from Cathedral City parish

California police were on the hunt for a man accused of burglarizing a Catholic Church near Palm Springs on Monday, taking with him a $1,600 wooden cross. The unidentified man was captured on video the approaching the St. Louis Catholic Church early Monday morning

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2019-03-27T12:59:01-07:00March 27th, 2019|Categories: Church life|Tags: |4 Comments

Religious sisters may have spent embezzled money on travel and casinos

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

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2018-12-11T14:59:57-07:00December 6th, 2018|Categories: Education|Tags: , , |31 Comments

Religious sisters found to have stolen money from Redondo Beach Catholic 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

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2018-11-30T18:43:23-07:00November 30th, 2018|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , , |19 Comments

Threats force closure of Catholic school in Chula Vista

A 61-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of threatening the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Chula Vista, police said. The man allegedly called the H Street church about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and threatened to hurt people who were

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2018-11-01T13:38:04-07:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Vandals target Old Mission Santa Barbara again

Vandals caused more than $25,000 in damage to the Old Mission Santa Barbara overnight, scrawling “rape” on several pillars and misspelling the word “genocide” with red paint on the stone front of the historic building. At least one vandal broke

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Fresno bishop’s letter to judge who sentenced priest convicted of embezzlement

August 9, 2018 Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno, on August 8 spoke at the sentencing hearing for Rev Ignacio Villafan.  Fr. Villafan was sentenced to five years probation.   To The Most Honorable Judge

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2018-08-13T19:14:42-07:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

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

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

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2018-08-09T13:25:33-07:00August 9th, 2018|Categories: Church life|Tags: , , |22 Comments