A suspended, cross-dressing Roman Catholic priest nicknamed "Monsignor Meth" because of his role in a drug operation whose suppliers were alleged to be two South County residents is expected to plead guilty to charges against him Tuesday. Federal court papers in Waterbury, Conn., indicate Kevin Wall ... More >>
Documents released by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles shows again how the Orange diocese is still not telling the full story of its sex-abuse scandal
Last month, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released thousands of pages of documents pertaining to its long, proud history of protecting pedophile priests. Yesterday, Terence McKiernan of BishopAccountability.org, which archives documents pertaining to the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal going ba ... More >>
Everyone and their mother is freaking out about all the revelations coming out of the sex-abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles after they released a bunch of once-secret personnel files on their pedo-priests. To that, we say "YAWN." There is very little new in those documents not already ... More >>
Yesterday, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released thousands of pages of personnel files that confirms what those of us who have followed the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal have known for a good decade but which the vast majority of Catholics refuse to acknowledge: that their leaders, for forever ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And what's the true story of the 1920s Cristeros revolt in Mexico?
[Ask Exene] I think my mom is having an affair with a priest. What should I do?
Alex Gibney rages against the Catholic Church's cover-up of abuse
There's something to be said for churches that tell you what they're all about in their name. In recent years, the hipper churches have gone for cool-sounding names that one could read any meaning into. Indeed, there are no shortages of "Journeys", "Wells" and fellowships with numbers in their ... More >>
John C. Manly--arguably California's best dirty priest hunter--scored another courthouse victory last week in Stockton when a jury sided with the Newport Beach lawyer's civil case against a priest who raped an alter boy 20 years ago.A Modesto Bee article describes how some community members are upse ... More >>
Nanni Moretti releases a toothless satire of the Catholic Church
Donohue: Lace-curtain IrishThe Catholic League always struck me as one of those antiquated organizations--like the Iowa clubs of Southern California that held those cool picnics in Long Beach decades ago, or the Grand Army of the Republic--that might've had a place and cause at some point in o ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why are there Mennonites in Mexico?
Cloned dogs! Mormon sex! Scandal and subjective reality in Errol Morris' film
Somehow we missed this one from a couple weeks ago, but George Saieg recently won an appellate court decision regarding his free-speech rights and mistreatment by the city of Dearborn, Michigan, which had barred the Anaheim evangelist from passing out pamphlets urging Muslims to convert to Christ ... More >>
Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown must be loving his holidays. Despite getting exposed as a pedophile apologist again and again, he's still the head of the second-largest Catholic diocese west of the Mississippi. Despite the building downturn, he's still pushing forward with plans to build hi ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] South of the border Mormons redux
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Also, why do the people of Jalisco look down on other Mexicans?
In 1990, then-Diocese of Boise, currently Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown drafted a letter of recommendation on behalf of Father Ruben Idalio Garcia so that the former Boise priest could officially join the Archdiocese of Tijuana. "I am happy to recommend Fr Garcia for service" in Tijuana ... More >>
No, Mitt Romney and David Archuleta aren't going to be brawling in the Great Park. Even better: This Saturday will bring two prominent local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to debate how much government and religion should mingle. tracy out west / Flickr / Creative Commons ... More >>
Media reports that as many as 16 actors and actresses in the adult entertainment industry recently tested positive for HIV have prompted new calls for legislation requiring condom use in all porn videos shot in California. Opponents to condom use include the multi-billion dollar adult entertainment ... More >>
Yesterday, we wrote about how the Diocese of Orange is using a laughable argument to try and keep secret personnel files on pedo-priest Denis Lyons in a recent civil suit. Unsurprisingly, Lyons' lawyers also filed a brief for the same purpose using the same tactic of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown: that ... More >>
Who says Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown doesn't take care of his lackeys? Actually, no one: anyone with half a brain (me, me!) knows this. Anyways, Brown sent out a letter to his priests two days ago announcing that "our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has honored papal recognition, to those li ... More >>
I've rarely covered the sex abuse scandal up the 5 Freeway at the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, because--hello!--LA is LA and Orange County is it. But a scummy incident that happened last Wednesday warrants the attention of all naranjeros and good Catholics.Then, sex-abuse survivors held a pr ... More >>
From a trusted source:"So I'm eating at [fancy restaurant] recently and am about to leave, when who do I see but John Urell! He's waiting outside with a bunch of priests. They're dressed super-fancy in suits, laughing, and seemingly ready to have a good time."I realize a lot of you foodies don't bot ... More >>
Rick Warren has finally crossed the Rubicon of homo-hating with his invitation to St. James Anglican Church in Newport Beach to set up camp at Saddleback Church because the California State Supreme Court recently ruled they can't stay on their Balboa Peninsula property. A quick primer: St. James spl ... More >>
Sisters Christmas Catechism
Had lunch at Norm's in SanTana yesterday with Tucson resident. Frank Douglas, who writes Voice from the Desert, a blog regarding the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal. He was in Southern California to hold a press conference regarding a new effort by the faithful to get the Church hierarchy out of ... More >>
In a county where ostentatious pomp and circumstance is the rule of the day, few events are more despicable than the Red Mass, an annual event held by the Diocese of Orange where Bishop Tod D. Brown virtually guarantees no prosecution for his pedo-priests by honoring the entire legal system--judges, ... More >>
...Is Patrick Redmond of Newport Beach! Today, the Orange County Register prints his letter blasting star columnist Frank Mickadeit for his supposed "umbilical fascination" with famed Catholic Church sex-abuse victim's attorney John Manly. The trigger for such a clever twist of words? A March 7 colu ... More >>
Welcome to the first installment of my weekly church review, where I'll visit houses of worship—Christian, Muslim, Baha'i, even Scientologist—and examine what folks of faith need to know: theology, environment, parking, and the all-important sermon. Suggestions for churches to review in the comm ... More >>
Just got off the phone with Malcolm Smith, a former priest in the Orange diocese who served at St. Kilian Church in Mission Viejo during the mid-1990s. Smith was there when Patrick Ziemann--then the Bishop of Santa Rosa, formerly a Mater Dei instructor--allegedly abused a boy during confession at a ... More >>
Pick up this newspaper this Thursday, when this reporter will have a more in-depth take on the Orange diocese's settling four more sex-abuse cases for about $7 million. In the meanwhile, allow your humble servant to rail about the latest foot-in-mouth case of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown. Today, Asso ... More >>
Bear with us, gentle readers--this is a long post... Though the Weekly anointed Orange Juice as the county's best blog, even the Juicers would admit that the king of the county blogosphere is OC Blog, started and administrated by Jubal, the nom de plume of political consultant and longtime local Re ... More >>
Five months ago, OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano broke the news that despite his promises of complete public accountability on the Catholic Church sex scandals, Bishop Tod Brown himself continued to hide accusations that he molested a 12-year-old boy in the 1960s. According to subsequent court transcr ... More >>
Friday at the fest was a little bit different -- all the interesting-looking films were playing at the Landmark Westside, that new fancy art-house 12-plex at the Westside Pavilion. Parking there is free, unlike in Westwood, where everything else is happening. The trade-off you make is that beer is n ... More >>
Orange County authors try to bring unity to people of different religious faiths. For this they will face the wrath of believers. Again.
A documentary portrait of a pedophile preist and his pious protectors
The life, death and final escape of Eleuterio Ramos
The life, death and final escape of Eleuterio Ramos
The LA-OC Pedophile Priest Swap
Other Catholic diocese have destroyed incriminating priest personnel files. Why not Orange?
A Tour of the Orange Dioceses Most Transubstantiastic Homes
Given the chance to come clean on sex abuse, Bishop Brown chokesagain
Diocese Report Cant Do the Math in Abuse Report
The cleric who turned a blind eye
Selling your soul-at a profit-with TBN's divine guidance