July 10, 1994 |
Dennis Mongrain swings his surfboard around in the water, points himself toward shore and starts paddling. As the wave lifts his board, he jumps to his feet and begins to skirt across its smooth, arching surface. His face brightens with a broad smile. It's a moment of joy and peace, something akin to a religious experience for Mongrain, who should know about such things because he is a Roman Catholic priest. "I really look forward to getting out there," Mongrain said at the rectory of St.
May 26, 1992 |
A framed photo of the happy couple on their wedding day stands on a living room table, the bride in a traditional white gown, the groom in a tux. They live in a cozy house with a white picket fence, flowers and a big dog. The wife serves coffee and cheerfully disappears.
January 22, 2013 |
I had to look twice at the date on the newspaper to make sure I wasn't having a time-warp moment. I'd heard this before. In a way, I'd covered this before. My colleagues Ashley Powers, Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan have dropped a doozy on Southern California with their story of memos recounting how, a decade and a half before the scandal emerged about Roman Catholic priests' sexual abuse of young people, future Cardinal Roger Mahony and an advisor planned to hide these molestations from law enforcement, going so far as to move the suspect priests out of California.
October 1, 2012 |
CHENNAI, India - Kesavan's father and grandfather were caretakers who sold candles and performed basic rituals at their local makeshift temple attended by fellow Dalits, or members of the so-called untouchable caste. In India, these structures are omnipresent around sacred trees, on sidewalks, abutting overpasses. So when the government of southern India's Tamil Nadu state offered to train Hindus as priests regardless of their caste - a calling traditionally limited to upper-caste Brahmins - he leaped at the opportunity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1989
This is in response to the letter ("Jailings Criticized," Oct. 22) written by the 26 priests of the Escondido Deanery. If these priests read the paper, they should have known that these violators went to jail for violating the law. Free speech was not the issue. Violation of the law was the issue. There are other alternatives to getting your point across, and violating the law is not one of them. I'm sorry I disagree with the priests. They've got the wrong perspective. LORAN WON Oceanside
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1998
The underlying point of "Priests Divide Their Time" (Oct. 31) is that the scarcity of priests has led to the loss of service to the faithful. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has reverted to the status of the California missions of the 19th century. Not mentioned, however, is that the dearth of priests has also caused millions of the faithful to have "fallen away." The 4 million nominative Catholics in L.A. who may remain are not well served, just as the millions who have drifted away over the last three decades through the lack of priests to minister to them were not. Southern California has hundreds of priests who left the active priesthood to marry in the '60s and '70s who would be more than eager to return to the ministry they left as younger men, if they were invited.