When scandal comes to your parish

As with all the various trials we face in our lives, it seems as though prayer may be the only way forward

We packed up the moving van and headed up the freeway, transplanting our family from Southern California up to the San Francisco Bay Area. We were excited about the future, sad about what we were leaving behind, and anxious about starting a new life in a new place.  One of our biggest worries was if we’d be able to find a Catholic parish that felt like home. We were leaving a … [Read more...]

Is Pope Francis inviting another sex-abuse scandal?

He is reportedly preparing to roll back some of the reforms calling for tough treatment of priests accused of sexual abuse

Pope Francis is preparing to roll back some of the reforms calling for tough treatment of priests accused of sexual abuse, reports Michael Brendan Dougherty of The Week. Dougherty reports that the Pope has discussed the possibility of taking the responsibility for sex-abuse prosecution away from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), and having the cases … [Read more...]

Is financial misconduct in parishes all too common?

'They just go along with what Father wants'

The following comes from a December 22 Crux article by Michael O'Loughlin: Behind the sensational headlines about a New York priest accused of pilfering church coffers to pay for an extravagant lifestyle – “Priest paid his male ‘sex master’ from collection plate: lawsuit,” as the New York Post put it — is the surprisingly common accusation of a trusted employee or volunteer … [Read more...]

“Disappointed, confused, angry”

LA archbishop says he shares feelings of those dismayed by Zavala scandal Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez issued the following Pastoral Statement on Friday, Jan. 6, regarding the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala. My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, By now, you have all heard the sad news concerning our brother, Bishop Gabino Zavala. In this … [Read more...]

He can no longer publicly function as a priest

Former Menlo Park pastor involved in dressing-room incident ‘defrocked’ The former pastor of a Menlo Park parish who admitted to following a 17-year-old boy into a clothing store dressing room last year has had his priestly faculties revoked following an investigation by the Archdiocese of San Francisco. William Myers, who served as pastor of St. Raymond Catholic Church … [Read more...]

No longer in ministry and living privately

Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala resigns after revealing he has fathered two children Gabino Zavala, an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since 1994, has resigned his position after revealing to his superiors he had fathered two children, apparently while holding the auxiliary’s post. In a one-sentence announcement issued yesterday, the Vatican … [Read more...]