A sidewalk counselor’s report from the third week in November

Sometimes even a passerby can influence someone's decision to have an abortion

Dear Pro-life friends, Because certain people are trying to block the efforts of sidewalk counselors to save mothers and babies from the horrors of abortion, we are keeping the dates, times, and locations of where we are counseling confidential. The notes below may come from one or more locations during the week. Some specifics have been omitted to protect the identity of … [Read more...]

Crisis in the pews

San Diego Catholics shaken by abuse revelations, cover-ups; "listening sessions" with bishop expose anger, division, distrust

Mary Josweg is a 21st century Catholic, but she sounds an awful lot like the 16th century Protestant reformer Martin Luther. “The church needs to get cleansed,” said Josweg, 69, a parishioner at St. Patrick’s in Carlsbad. “I believe in Jesus as the son of God and Creator of the world — I happen to be Catholic. But the organization that I belong to is totally corrupt.” Josweg … [Read more...]

Threats force closure of Catholic school in Chula Vista

Arrest made in phone threats made against St. Rose of Lima Parish

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 planning on attending an All Saints Day Mass. Four such services were scheduled for Thursday, authorities said. Chula Vista officers … [Read more...]

Embattled pastoral associate at San Diego parish submits resignation

Aaron Bianco, who had been the target of criticism for his apparent homosexual lifestyle and support for gay causes, submitted his resignation to Bishop Robert McElroy on Oct. 18

The pastoral associate of a San Diego parish in the heart of the city's well-known gay-friendly Hillcrest neighborhood has submitted his resignation "out of fear for my family and myself." In an Oct. 19 email to friends and associates, Aaron Bianco, who submitted his resignation to Bishop Robert McElroy, said he had "endured physical and emotional violence from groups like … [Read more...]

Two ejected from ‘listening session’ in San Diego

Security guards say they were told to remove them on October 17 because they had been disruptive at a prior meeting

On Wednesday, two Catholic men were thrown out of a diocesan event in San Diego with little explanation. Hidden-camera footage shows the two men getting thrown out of Nativity Church, where Bp. Robert McElroy was holding a question-and-answer session on the sex abuse scandal. The event was free and open to the public. Moments after they walked in, the men — one identified … [Read more...]

San Diego bishop greeted by angry questions

Overflow crowd attends first of eight 'listening sessions' by Bishop Robert McElroy, who challenged the idea that sexual orientation has anything to do with clergy abuse

Bishop Robert McElroy may have thought he was bringing good news Monday to 330 Roman Catholics attending his first “listening session” on pedophile priests. McElroy outlined the sensitive way the San Diego diocese responds to sex-abuse reports. He said the “history of abuse is in the past” with no credible accusations against living priests since 2002. But in the parish hall … [Read more...]

Priest faces trial after alleged assault of San Diego seminarian

Fr. Juan Garcia Castillo was associate pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Carlsbad, California

A California priest has been charged with sexual battery, after he is alleged to have sexually assaulted a San Diego seminarian. The priest, Fr. Juan Garcia Castillo, is a member of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, a religious community of priests also known as the Eudists. On May 14, Castillo was charged with one count of misdemeanor sexual battery by the San Diego County … [Read more...]

Crossed off the list?

Bishop Robert McElroy had been reported as a frontrunner to succeed Cardinal Donald Wuerl as Archbishop of Washington, D.C., but the San Diego prelate now faces questions regarding accountability and transparency surrounding abuse reports

The Bishop of San Diego has explained why he did not respond to a 2016 letter alleging sexual misconduct on the part of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and other Catholic clerics.   The letter was sent to Bishop Robert McElroy by psychotherapist Richard Sipe. McElroy has been reported as a frontrunner to succeed Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC. Calls in recent weeks … [Read more...]

“The pastoral cannot be eclipsed by doctrine”

Bishop McElroy preaches that pastoral action does not immediately demand a change of life; sinners must first be given love and healing

The following is an excerpt from the keynote address given by Bishop of San Diego Robert McElroy to the United States Association of Priests on June 26, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico: We are living in a wonderful moment in the life of the Church. The authentic renewal of the Second Vatican Council remains the foundation and the challenge for those who seek to deepen the … [Read more...]

Oceanside Unified School District suspends sex ed program for grades K-6

Parents say program is not age-appropriate

Oceanside Unified School District suspended sexual health instruction for grades K-6 Monday (June 18) after getting feedback from parents and community members through an online and written survey. Acting Superintendent Reggie Thompkins announced, “The district will be redesigning the K thru 6 sexual health curriculum with input from parents, district staff, and the community. … [Read more...]