California expects barrage of child sex-abuse lawsuits
Potentially thousands preparing to sue under new law allowing victims more time to report allegations of abuse

A new law sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and takes effect Jan. 1, raises the statute of limitations to 40 years of age, or up to five years after discovery of sexual abuse. The law also opens

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2019-10-23T09:40:38-08:00October 21st, 2019|Categories: Sexual Ethics|Tags: |3 Comments

Sacramento diocese helped accused priest obtain clergy position in Mexico, lawsuit claims
Suit was filed on behalf of Juan Ricardo Torres, who alleges Father Castellanos began abusing him when he was 15

A new lawsuit filed on Tuesday claims the Catholic Church’s Sacramento diocese assisted one of its priests in obtaining a new position with a parish in Mexico after sexual abuse accusations in Northern California in the 1980s. The lawsuit

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2019-10-17T13:49:34-08:00October 18th, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: |2 Comments

McElroy: all hands on deck
Mandatory sex abuse meeting for 2500 employees of San Diego diocese

More than 2,500 employees of the San Diego-Imperial Roman Catholic Diocese have been summoned to what is being called a first ever all-hands meeting here with the bishop. A press release Thursday said the meeting — 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at the

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2019-08-09T09:31:10-08:00August 9th, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: |14 Comments

California dioceses choose Gray Davis, Leon Panetta to oversee abuse payoffs
Sex scandals compounded by abortion scandal

California Catholic Daily exclusive by Mary Rose Short. In May of this year, six California dioceses announced a new monetary compensation program for abuse victims. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the dioceses of Fresno, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino,

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2019-09-17T15:23:29-08:00July 31st, 2019|Categories: Exclusives, Social issues|Tags: |19 Comments

Priest twice convicted of possessing child porn still collecting a paycheck from Fresno diocese

A Catholic priest twice convicted of possessing child pornography in Merced County — and recently released from prison — has continued to receive checks from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno since he was first arrested nearly five years

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2019-07-07T18:07:29-08:00June 30th, 2019|Categories: Church life|Tags: |5 Comments

LA archdiocese warns of renegade priest

A former Catholic priest removed from ministry and convicted of molestation was reportedly presiding at home Masses in Fillmore, according to a May 30 alert from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The notice from the archdiocese's Vicar for Clergy

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2019-06-26T21:40:08-08:00June 26th, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: |0 Comments

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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2019-09-18T12:54:01-08:00May 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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2019-05-13T21:00:31-08:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: , |2 Comments

Pope Francis issues norms for Church’s handling of sex abuse

New Vatican norms for the Church’s handling of sex abuse, issued Thursday, place seminarians and religious coerced into sexual activity through the misuse of authority in the same criminal category as abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. The norms also

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2019-05-09T12:48:59-08:00May 9th, 2019|Categories: Sexual Ethics|Tags: |25 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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2019-04-01T13:21:41-08:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: |10 Comments