March 26, 2014 |
The cleric who became known as the "bishop of bling" has been removed from his ministry in Limburg, Germany, thanks to the conspicuously frugal Pope Francis. The Vatican has accepted Monsignor Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst's resignation, according to news reports. The announcement caps off the controversy swirling around the bishop over the $43 million spent on his residence complex in Limburg. As the Los Angeles Times' Carol Williams reported in November, Tebartz-van Elst broke the budget for renovations, overspending by 800% on items including a $20,000 bathtub, $620,000 in artwork and $1.1 million for landscaping.
September 4, 1997 |
Bishop Joseph A. Francis, the priest who founded Verbum Dei High School in Watts and was one of the nation's first black Roman Catholic bishops, has died. He was 74. Francis, who had worked for the past 20 years in the Newark, N.J., archdiocese, died Monday while walking on a treadmill in his Montclair, N.J., home. An archdiocese spokeswoman said the bishop had a history of heart problems.
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October 12, 2007 |
Orange County Auxiliary Bishop Jaime Soto -- a leading voice for immigration rights and a longtime community activist -- will become bishop of Sacramento, Roman Catholic Church officials announced Thursday. Soto, 51, will soon start serving as coadjutor, the second-highest position in the Sacramento Diocese, which covers 20 counties and serves 500,000 parishioners. When Sacramento Bishop William K.
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March 5, 1994 |
Pope John Paul II has created a diocese headquartered in Los Angeles for Catholics of the Maronite rite in the western United States. The Maronites are one of 18 Eastern rite Catholic churches in communion with Rome. The group's communicants are primarily Lebanese immigrants and Lebanese Americans. There are an estimated 15,000 Maronite Catholics in California. The new diocese, or eparchy, will be headed by Bishop John G.
February 11, 1989 |
The Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese said it will buy two Catholic cemeteries in Tucson for $3.9 million as part of an effort to rescue the financially ailing diocese in southern Arizona. The cemeteries will be operated by the Los Angeles archdiocese, but a spokesman for Los Angeles Archbishop Roger M. Mahony said this week that the agreement calls for the Tucson diocese to repurchase the facilities for the same amount when financially feasible.
January 12, 2003
Re "Church in Murky Waters," Editorials, Dec. 3: The long view recommended by The Times overlooks the importance of what we are doing here and now. The stories from the Boston Archdiocese dishearten and anger all of us. That view should not overlook what is being done here and now in the Diocese of Orange. Nor should the intent of the statement signed by Bishop Tod Brown and me be interpreted by the actions of Boston. We made a commitment to the Roman Catholic community in Orange County to be transparent in the leadership and administration of the Diocese of Orange.
July 29, 1986 |
The Most Rev. William R. Johnson, who became the first bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in 1976, died Monday night of a bacterial infection at St. Joseph Hospital in the City of Orange. He was 67 and had been suffering from kidney problems and related illnesses for the past year. Johnson, a passionate battler for social justice, had been debilitated by his illness for some time, diocese authorities said, and in recent months had been in a wheelchair. In 1984, the Most Rev. John T.
September 16, 1987
When Pope John Paul II meets today with his American bishops, the following will be among the most prominent: CARDINAL JOSEPH BERNARDIN--Named in 1982 as archbishop of Chicago, Bernardin, 59, chaired the committee that wrote the 1983 U.S. bishops' pastoral letter condemning the arms race as immoral. Personable and popular, Bernardin was elected president of the U.S. bishops' conference for 1974-76 during the early part of his 10-year tenure as archbishop of Cincinnati.
June 12, 2002 |
As U.S. Roman Catholic bishops prepare for a critical meeting in Dallas this week to adopt a national policy on sexual abuse of minors by priests, two more of their members resigned Tuesday as a result of charges of sexual misconduct. In New York, Auxiliary Bishop James McCarthy, 59, resigned as bishop and pastor of a suburban parish after admitting to having had "a number of affairs with women over the course of several years," officials of the Archdiocese of New York announced.
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January 2, 1987 |
The nuns and priests outnumbered the inmates celebrating an early Mass at Orange County's Women's Jail Thursday, but it didn't seem to matter to the inmates who decided to begin 1987 on a spiritually uplifting note. "These walls and bars keep you in, but they do not keep Jesus out," Bishop John T. Steinbock told the 11 inmates who gathered to pray in a small dining room deep inside the jail.