Exonerated: after 10 years, priest cleared of sex abuse allegations, restored to ministry

From AP:  A high-ranking Roman Catholic official has been exonerated of clergy sex abuse allegations by a Vatican tribunal after a decade of investigation and is once more considered a priest in good standing with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, church officials said Monday. The decision to reinstate Msgr. Richard Loomis is rare — particularly [Read More...]

Ordination update: 15 new deacons for Los Angeles

 Photo: Victor Aleman From Angelus, the online edition of The Tidings: In the days leading up to his ordination to the permanent diaconate, Ryan Adams was reflecting on his relationship with the Holy Spirit — how, in his ministry as a deacon, he “must be a living vessel for the Spirit to not only dwell [Read More...]

“Remember you are dust…”

The scene this morning at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. [Read more...]

Shock: man caught on tape vandalizing LA Catholic church

From CBS in Los Angeles: Los Angeles police are looking for a man who vandalized a Catholic church in North Hollywood. Authorities said the suspect, who was caught on security camera, pushed over several holy statues and vases, as well as damaged paintings, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, which is located at 6153 Cahuenga Boulevard, [Read More...]

Redemption: Sister Mary Sean’s remarkable ministry to ex-convicts

  Photo: Tony Avelar/Christian Science Monitor From the Christian Science Monitor:  In the soft light of early evening, the smell of curried chilies wafts through the screen door of this two-story, Craftsman-style house in a tidy section of South Los Angeles. As bicycle bells jingle and ice-cream trucks pass by, four men sit in rockers, telling [Read More...]

Deacon: “While I’m Dying, I’m Also Proclaiming His Resurrection”

From The Tidings in Los Angeles: Deacon Valentin Saucedo is thoughtfully silent when asked if he recalls the first time he thought of becoming a priest. His three sisters in the room listen quietly. Then Saucedo breaks the ice. “I’ve been crazy since I was little,” he jokes. In fact, the veteran associate director of [Read More...]

Los Angeles Breaks Ground for Plaza Honoring Oscar Romero

From the Los Angeles Times:  Members of the Salvadoran community in Los Angeles realized a long-awaited dream Saturday when groundbreaking began on a plaza to honor Msgr. Oscar A. Romero, a Catholic archbishop who was slain in 1980 during El Salvador’s civil war. Romero, an outspoken advocate for the poor and a revered figure for [Read More...]

Corpus Christi in Los Angeles

The picture above, from yesterday, shows Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez before the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. And the tabernacle? From the cathedral website: The bronze tabernacle in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels was designed and fabricated by sculptor Max [Read More...]

Gomez and Mahony, a study in contrasts—UPDATED

With both men making headlines recently, the Los Angeles Times takes a closer look at their distinctive styles: In more than two decades leading the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Cardinal Roger Mahony headlined immigration rallies, marched for worker rights and made national news by announcing he would defy a congressional bill he regarded as anti-immigrant. But [Read More...]

Cardinal Mahony: “I am being called to be humiliated…”

From his blog: From our earliest catechism days we learn about the virtue of humility.  We study it, we think about it; but we don’t embrace it. And why?  Because humility is all about self-effacing, about seeing ourselves as far more diminished than we had hoped.  As a result, few of us set out to [Read More...]