Stockton diocese circulates DACA petitions at parishes

"We stand with Pope Francis who encourages us to build bridges"

Catholic churches in the Diocese of Stockton will take action on behalf of immigrants hoping for legal status following Masses on Saturday and Sunday. Parishioners may sign petitions, to be sent to lawmakers who represent members of the diocese: Jerry McNerney, Jeff Denham, Tom McClintock and Paul Cook. They also will be sent to California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala … [Read more...]

Stockton bishop to visit 20 parishes between August and October

Forums are requirement of bankruptcy settlement, bishop "to meet with anyone about abuse that is alleged to have occurred in parishes or schools"

Non-Monetary Undertakings of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton Required Forums in the Settlement of Bankruptcy 2017 Weeknight Forums, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday August 8 St. Mary’s High School Wednesday August 9 St. Anne, Lodi Friday August 11 Cathedral of the Annunciation Wednesday August 16 Church of the Presentation Friday August 18 St. Luke, Stockton … [Read more...]

Stockton bishop: “We’re going to have to respond, to demand political action”

Bishop Stephen Blaire discusses environmental issues in Catholic Ecology interview

As the world waited Thursday morning for President Donald Trump to make his big announcement about the Paris Climate Accord, I had the pleasure of spending time with The Most Rev­erend Stephen E. Blaire, the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Stockton, California. It was a providential time to speak of the Church’s eco teachings, and how faith and politics must work together to … [Read more...]

Stockton diocese bankruptcy plan takes effect

Provides $15 million to survivors of sexual abuse

On February 14, the Diocese of Stockton Plan for Reorganization took effect. All settlement payments have been deposited in the trust set up for the benefit of survivors of sexual abuse. The Trust will now begin the process of administering and paying the abuse claims pursuant to the provisions of the Plan. As previously announced, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern … [Read more...]

Stockton diocese close to exiting bankruptcy

$15 million will go toward sex-abuse victims

The following comes from a Diocese of Stockton press release: On January 10, 2017, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California, Judge Christopher M. Klein, Presiding, approved the Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton’s consensual Plan of Reorganization. The Plan received nearly unanimous approval in voting by the sexual abuse survivors and other creditors.  … [Read more...]

Stockton diocese’s plan to exit bankruptcy

Diocese files consensual Plan of Reorganization

The following is a September 20 press release from the Diocese of Stockton: Today, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton filed with the bankruptcy court a proposed consensual plan of reorganization. The proposed plan will provide $15 million to survivors of sexual abuse as well as non-monetary commitments which are important aspects of any healing process. The plan … [Read more...]

Stockton bishop’s retirement nears

Bishop Stephen Blaire turns 75 on December 22

The following comes from a September 3 Record Net article by: STOCKTON — Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, who has overseen the Diocese of Stockton for 17 years, is expected to submit a letter to the Vatican in December informing Pope Francis he is poised to retire. On Dec. 22, Blaire will turn 75 years old, which by Canon Law requires him to submit a letter asking for permission … [Read more...]

Stockton Diocese hit with sexual harassment lawsuit

Diocese says Monsignor Lawrence McGovern, onetime vicar general, is now on administrative leave

The following comes from an August 12 article by Jason Alexander: Attorneys from a Southern California law firm announced Friday they have filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and retaliation by a pastor at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton who was later placed on administrative leave. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in San Joaquin County Superior … [Read more...]

Climate change is a moral issue, Bishop Blaire says

Diocese of Stockton joins Catholic groups to support clean power regulations

The following comes from an April 6 California Catholic Conference news release: The Diocese of Stockton, in the heart of California’s Central Valley and facing immense environmental challenges, has joined the Catholic Climate Covenant as well as other Catholic and faith groups in filing an amicus brief in support of the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal standards on … [Read more...]

Atheist group threatens city of Stockton

Mayor hosted prayer rally for deceased 6-year-old

The following comes from a November 24 Christian Times article by Sarah Adams: An atheist group is reportedly demanding a California city halt its alleged affiliation with Christianity after the city hosted a prayer rally and planned to host town hall meetings at a local Christian center. The American Humanist Association has reportedly demanded that the city of Stockton, … [Read more...]