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October 23, 2009 | Duke Helfand
G. Patrick Ziemann, the former Roman Catholic bishop of Santa Rosa who resigned in 1999 amid sexual and financial scandals, has died. He was 68. Ziemann died Thursday of pancreatic cancer at a monastery in Arizona, said his brother, Joe. The bishop gave up his post at the Diocese of Santa Rosa after a priest filed a lawsuit alleging that Ziemann had coerced him into a two-year sexual relationship in exchange for keeping silent about the...
April 24, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A week after suffering a stroke, Roman Catholic Bishop Cirilo Flores remains in the hospital "undergoing treatment and tests," the San Diego diocese said Thursday. The bishop "expects to go home from the hospital in the near future for continued recovery," said Msgr. Steven Callahan, the diocese vicar general. Flores, 65, suffered the stroke April 16 while in his office at the Pastoral Center. "Bishop Flores is grateful for all who have been praying for his recovery to good health," Callahan said.
December 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport agreed to pay out $37 million to more than 150 sex-abuse victims under a settlement that requires the bishop to personally apologize to any accusers or relatives who ask. The deal, hammered out over four days of negotiations in Chicago, will address the claims of 156 victims of abuse, with a portion of the money set aside in the event that more victims come forward.
December 18, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Controversy has erupted over the transfer of Santa Ana Mater Dei senior forward Mario Soto to Saddleback Valley Christian. He has sought immediate eligibility from the Southern Section via a change of residency, but Mater Dei has yet to sign off on the transfer, Southern Section spokesman Thom Simmons said. Soto has hired an attorney, John Manly, who is alleging that Soto was subjected to bullying at the school for three years. Manly, a Mater Dei grad who has sued his alma mater more than a dozen times since 1997, said he wrote a letter to the Diocese of Orange last week asking "the diocese to take action.
November 30, 2003
Re "Santa Ana Priest Is Fighting the Good Fight," Oct. 19: I'm surprised by how shocked everyone is in Santa Ana over the Diocese of Orange attempting to tear down Our Lady of Lourdes Church and turn it into a Vietnamese congregation. The powers that be in the Catholic faith now treat their religion like a business, and that's why the predominantly Hispanic parishioners are being phased out and replaced with a more financially appealing demographic of professional Asian worshipers.
February 20, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Yielding to complaints from broadcasters and some church leaders, Roman Catholic Church officials in Monterey on Thursday dropped a controversial plan to auction television rights for coverage of September's visit by Pope John Paul II. The Diocese of Monterey's offer to sell live coverage rights and favorable booth locations during the Pope's outdoor Mass had set off an uproar among broadcasters and unsettled national church leaders who are planning the Pope's nine-city tour.
October 19, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington filed for federal bankruptcy protection on the eve of a civil trial in a high-profile sex abuse case against the diocese and a former priest. The filing automatically delays the court case, the first of eight consecutive abuse trials scheduled in the state. The diocese covers Delaware and the eastern shore of Maryland and serves about 230,000 Catholics.
May 2, 2009 | Steve Marble
The Diocese of Orange will broadcast its Sunday Mass for worshipers concerned about catching the H1N1 swine flu virus. "We have been following the situation fairly closely. We were getting the sense there was a little concern about it," said spokesman Ryan Lilyengren. "We have decided out of an abundance of caution to have it televised for people who are uncomfortable." According to Lilyengren, the diocese will televise Mass celebrated by Msgr. Michael Heher, Diocese of Orange vicar general and moderator of the Curia, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Columban Church in Garden Grove.
May 23, 2005
Re Dana Parsons' column, "Diocesan Files Show Deceit, Denial," May 20: Bishop Tod Brown has led the Diocese of Orange to the halfway mark to reconciliation and healing for sex-abuse victims, their families and Orange County Catholics. The last half of Brown's journey may be the toughest. The truth is now out and the sex-abuse cases have been settled. The final chapter is the demanding of accountability from diocesan legal advisors and employees who aided in the cover-ups and obstructions of justice, and who are still employed by the diocese, while escaping criminal charges.
February 12, 1987 | MARK A. STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Catholic coordinators in Monterey have angered broadcasters and unsettled national church officials by proposing to auction off exclusive rights to live television coverage of the Pope's visit to the city later this year. The television rights bidding is one of two fund-raising ideas being proposed by the diocese to cover the estimated $2-million cost of Pope John Paul II's Sept. 17 visit to Monterey and Carmel.
December 3, 2013
Re "Pope's manifesto calls for decentralized church," Nov. 27 Contrary to Pope Francis' comments, capitalism has done more to empower people and raise living standards than any other force in history. As Milton Friedman pointed out years ago: "The only cases in which the masses have escaped from … grinding poverty … in recorded history are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade. If you want to know where the masses are worst off, it's exactly in the kind of societies that depart from that.
November 26, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
The former Crystal Cathedral will close to the public as it undergoes a transformation from a space built as a television studio as much as a sanctuary into a Catholic cathedral, the church's new owner, the Diocese of Orange, announced Tuesday. Beginning Sunday, the newly named Christ Cathedral will be closed for construction as crews launch a $29-million effort to restore the more than 75,000-square-foot space. The diocese has been working with liturgical consultants and architects to modify the cathedral built in the vision of the Rev. Robert Schuller into one that meets the requirements to serve as the headquarters for Orange County's Catholic community of more than 1.2 million people.
October 23, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
When Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Germany traveled to India last year to minister to poor slum dwellers, he reportedly flew first class. This year, renovations of the Roman Catholic bishop's church-owned residence in the city of Limburg ran massively over budget to cover $620,000 worth of artwork, $1.1 million in landscaping and last-minute design revisions -- $42 million in all, billed to the Vatican and German taxpayers, Hamburg's tabloid daily Bild reported. Dubbed the "Bishop of Bling" by European media that have been avidly tracking the bespectacled clergyman's lavish lifestyle, Tebartz-van Elst was suspended from his post by Pope Francis on Wednesday in a clear sign that the new pontiff is serious about diverting resources from the "princes of the church" to the paupers in its congregations.
September 17, 2013
Re "Age-old rituals, TV-age church," Column One, Sept. 13 The Roman Catholic Church's hierarchy has chosen to spend millions ($57.5 million on the purchase alone) to convert the former Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove to the Christ Cathedral. It's logic: The church needs a place that helps Catholics "see their faith is larger," according to Diocese of Orange Bishop Kevin Vann. This echoes former L.A. Archbishop Roger M. Mahony's fundraising to build his downtown legacy edifice, saying that a magnificent structure is needed to properly experience God. I say baloney.
September 16, 2013 | By Hannah Fry
Parishioners from St. James Anglican Church in Newport Beach wiped tears from their eyes as they left the church after its final service, leaving a house of worship filled with memories. Jim Dale, 63, said he had been attending church at St. James since he was a boy. "Being in there today, all the memories came flooding back," he said after services Sunday. "There are so many memories: my Communion, meeting my wife, marrying my wife. "It all happened here," he added. Future St. James church services will be held at Mariners Christian School in Costa Mesa after an Orange County Superior Court judge in July granted property ownership rights to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
August 2, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
As a child, L.A. Archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez traveled back and forth across the border from his home in Monterrey, Mexico, to his uncle's in San Antonio, Texas. He made the trip so often that he hardly distinguished between Mexico and the United States. "It was easy to cross in those times," says Gomez, now 61, who became a citizen in his mid-40s. "I guess my first impression was that people could live in both countries at the same time. " When he talks about the border, he slips into the Spanish slang of his childhood.
January 25, 2004
Re "O.C. Bishop's 'Covenant' Is Scandal Recovery Plan," Jan. 16: The Diocese of Orange has seen fit to hire a public relations firm to prepare its offering of penance and reconciliation at a cost of $90,000. This comes two days after the article about the Catholic Worker of Santa Ana ministered by Dwight and Leia Smith and their staff. These people are saints in our midst, implementing the message of the Gospel among the forgotten in our society. What enormous good the Smiths might have accomplished with that $90,000.
June 14, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - A veteran teacher at a Catholic school has lost her job because school officials are worried her ex-husband, now serving a jail sentence for domestic abuse and stalking, will pose a danger to students and teachers when he is released. When Martin Charlesworth, 41, showed up at Holy Trinity School in El Cajon in January, school officials put the school on lockdown and called police. By coming to the school, he was in violation of a restraining order, court records indicate.
May 7, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
An Anglican church campus in Newport Beach belongs to the larger Episcopal Church Diocese of Los Angeles, an  Orange County Superior Court  judge ruled last week. St. James Anglican Church members split from the Episcopal Church nine years ago after a fissure over the ordination of a gay bishop and other issues. The court order, which comes at what could be the end of a series of court battles over three church properties on 32nd Street, was reaffirmed Monday by Judge Kim G. Dunning.
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