In 2003, Daniel A. Olivas released Assumption and Other Stories, a well-received collection of pieces based on his life growing up and living in Southern California. The titular tale details a Latino priest, popular with his working-class barrio parish, who ends up molesting boys. Today, in a dramat ... More >>
The last time we wrote about Michael Stephen Baker, the pedophile priest was arrested in November of last year for violating his probation for kiddie-fiddling. Turns out he violated his probation again, this time on August 17, when probation officers found him next to a swimming pool where kids were ... More >>
It may not have the cache of Michael v. Satan--whole books have been written about that--but a similar conflict is shaping up Saturday afternoon next to the Huntington Beach Pier.A street preacher who regularly evangelizes to inattentive tourists passing by will find himself joined by atheists teari ... More >>
Forget Christianity, Judaism, Islam and the rest. It's all about us, says Orange County's most famous atheist
An Orange County Register article chronicling Rev. Rick Warren's efforts to broker a peace between evangelical Christians and Muslims attracted the typical knee-jerk rebukes from those saints who see Old Scratch behind any talk of loving their enemies and other liberal shit Jesus preached. But Wa ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do only Mexican boys have hang-ups about masturbation?
This is so weird: just a few weeks ago I was walking around the new construction to reach the sanctuary at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Santa Ana.This morning, those portions being remodeled were totally lost in an overnight fire.
Brownie: Begin the deluge!So the big news today, as Clockwork Coker posted earlier, is that the Diocese of Orange bought the Crystal Cathedral, a development we correctly predicted months ago, and long before any other media outlets. Sure, that's a bit of gloating, but it's nothing like the pedo- ... More >>
Here's something every mother of a 14-year-old girl fears: finding e-mails to her from the family's 44-year-old church pastor saying, "Okay, picture dis. U making out with me n my lips are really cracked n dry. As u pull away a lil piece of skin gets stuck 2 u" and, "There are no ways to describe ... More >>
It's quite an Orange County issue for the latest Christianity Today. Yesterday, we reported on a great profile of Roberta Ahmanson, the wife half of the wacky-cause-giving Ahamansons. Turns out there's another titan of Orange County Christianity also discussed in the January 2011 issue--the Rev. ... More >>
I haven't heard from my unlikely friend, Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr. in a while, but I know the reclusive multimillionaire--heir to the Home Savings & Loan empire, an empire he has subsequently donated to every wacky right-wing cause you can imagine--continues to read Navel Gazing, leaving commen ... More >>
Urell: Still clueless after all these years...The years change, the Catholic Church grows and weathers controversies, yet one truth remains in Orange County: John Urell is the most disgusting Catholic in Orange County history. Worse than Serra. Worse than Brownie. Worse than even the king of the ... More >>
The news is traveling across the wires right now that the Crystal Cathedral, that iconic Garden Grove congregation that started the modern-day megachurch movement, has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The best coverage of this story has happened in the pages of the Orange County Register, specific ... More >>
Saddleback Church lead pastor Rick Warren, he of the Purpose-Driven Life®, gets criticism from all sides, but the jibes I find most amusing usually come from the extreme right, both of the political and religious wings, which consider him a liberal heretic. If only! Christianity Today recently c ... More >>
Meunier, in an undated photoIn December 1993, just around the time then-Diocese of Boise, now-Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod Brown learned that one of his priests had repeatedly molested a boy nearly 20 years earlier, two brothers filed a lawsuit against the Boise diocese for molestations they suff ... More >>
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McFarland: Now finding lodging in the Ninth Circle...Longtime Diocese of Orange Bishop Norman McFarland died yesterday, and more than a few people rejoiced because of his role in creating the see's sex-abuse scandal. McFarland wasn't as clumsy as current Bishop Tod D. Brown, as clueless as foundi ... More >>
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Heckuva job, Brownie!If you ever pay attention to apologists for the Catholic Diocese of Orange's sex-abuse scandal--you never should, but I'm just saying if God ever punishes you in that fashion--one of the points they'll repeat again and again is that most of the kiddie rapes and scandals happe ... More >>
A tipster alerted us to the video below, which shows priests from the Diocese of Orange at the desert retreat I wrote about in May. Nothing too scandalous to note, but full confirmation of my argument: Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown, despite a vow of fiscal sanity following his see's $100 million sex-ab ... More >>
The pedophile time bomb that was Father Gus Krumm finally exploded locally this week, when a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court alleged that Krumm and another priest molested a student at St. Simon and Jude in Huntington Beach during the early 1990s. All I can say is: about time. In 2004, ... More >>
PillonYour Catholic Diocese of Orange made national headlines again earlier this week when former Catholic priest Ben Rodriguez filed a civil lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court alleging that Father Gordon Pillon molested him numerous times while Pillon served at La Habra's Our Lady of Guadalupe ... More >>
Yesterday, a Fresno jury acquitted the Catholic Diocese of Fresno of culpability in the priestly rapes of innocents, and does this news really surprise you given Fresno is Fresno? We really can't expect much intellectually and morally of this town, given its head padre is Bishop John Steinbock, form ... More >>
When I heard late that the United States Attorney's office is investigating Archdiocese of Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony for his role in covering up the rapes committed by his priest, I attributed it to a hallucination brought on by last night's episode of Lost. But here's the Los Angeles Times ... More >>
Don't put your protest signs away just yet, anti-Prop. 8 opponents. (Orange County Mormon temples have been disrupted recently thanks to the Church of Latter-Day Saints having funneled gobs of cash into the Nov. 4 state voter initiative that prohibited gay marriage.) Mormon Times reports ... More >>
Faithful Central Bible Church, the owners of The Forum in Inglewood, have (again) deemed Lamb of God not worthy of playing in their arena. They were scheduled to open up for Metallica there on Dec. 17 and 18. The good news, though, is that even though the band, whose debut album was called Burn the ... More >>
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It's still to be seen what exactly will KOCE-TV Channel 50's much-hyped documentary about Orange County Catholic life will contain (how much you wanna bet not a peep about the pedophile priests that terrorized county parishes for a quarter century?), but the Weekly can report that most of its princi ... More >>
Dear Mr. President: Costa Mesa's city council plans to send President Bush a letter, asking that he reject a bill that would give some immigrants a path to citizenship. And now a word from the Vatican: Driving can be "an occasion of sin," so the Vatican's issued 'Ten Commandments' for motorists, to ... More >>
'I continue to promise God that the last time really was the last time. . . . And then I do it again.'
If the DAs tough on GOP corruption, thats news to us.
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Despite recent conviction, critics say the DA goes easy on child-molesting priests
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