San Jose cathedral defaced
Satanic and anti-semitic graffiti were scrawled against the outside walls of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph on Sunday morning, Sept. 1

A historic Catholic Church in the heart of downtown San Jose was vandalized Sunday morning, hours before congregants gathered to participate in Sunday mass. Satanic and anti-semitic graffiti spray were scrawled against the church’s outside walls, alongside taunting drawings

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2019-09-05T18:19:48-08:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: |5 Comments

LA Christ Scientist chairman allegedly stole over $11 million
Also accused of embezzlement from Catholic missionary group

The former chairman of the board for the Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist, Los Angeles, has been indicted in the theft of more than $11 million in church money. According to a federal grand jury indictment released Monday, Charles T.

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2019-08-29T21:50:49-08:00August 29th, 2019|Categories: Social issues|Tags: |2 Comments

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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2019-08-01T12:30:15-08:00August 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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2019-07-04T19:05:48-08:00July 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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2019-03-27T12:59:01-08:00March 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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2018-12-11T14:59:57-08:00December 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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2018-11-30T18:43:23-08:00November 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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2018-11-01T13:38:04-08:00November 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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