Sunday, September 8, 2013 4:31 pm
Stockton Diocese Bishop Stephen Blaire says it’s becoming increasingly likely that the Catholic diocese that serves the Lodi area will file for bankruptcy.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 12:00 am
The Catholic diocese serving parishes from Lodi to Turlock has spent about $15 million in judgments, settlements and legal costs regarding clergy abuse cases by priests and former priests, according to Bishop Stephen Blaire.
Friday, June 7, 2013 12:00 am
This week’s $1.75 million settlement with a former parishioner who says he was sexually abused by defrocked priest Oliver O’Grady has Stockton Diocese officials seriously considering bankruptcy.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 5:13 pm
The Diocese of Stockton announced Wednesday that it has reached a $1.75 million negotiated settlement with attorneys for a man who was a victim of sexual abuse by notorious pedophile priest Oliver O’Grady in the 1980s. The abuse occurred in Stockton, but Sacred Heart Parish in Turlock also was named as a defendant, leading to the filing of the lawsuit in Stanislaus County.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:00 am
Perhaps we need some help with PR, say Catholic U.S. bishops in a story that appeared June 15. Whatever became of religious values put forward by Christ, such as helping the poor and disadvantaged?
Thursday, May 3, 2012 12:00 am
A 25-year-old man who says that convicted pedophile Oliver O'Grady sexually molested him in 1992 has sued O'Grady and the Stockton Diocese.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 12:00 am
The Lodi News-Sentinel did a good job covering the Michael Kelly sex abuse civil trial. The News-Sentinel journalist had an uneasy task of presenting unbiased reports in an atmosphere of ardent support for the very popular Catholic priest.
Friday, April 13, 2012 12:00 am
Now that Father Michael Kelly has been held liable for sexual assault and removed as pastor of a Lockeford parish, his civil trial will focus on the Stockton Diocese's role in handling Kelly and other priests accused of childhood sexual abuse.
"The diocese made a concerted effort to cover up for Father Kelly," attorney John Manly told the jury in his opening statement on Thursday morning. "They value money, power and their reputation more than they do children. Ladies and gentlemen, that has got to stop."
Monday, March 12, 2012 2:23 pm
Last week, I wrote an editor's note regarding the ongoing civil sex abuse case involving Father Michael Kelly of Lockeford. (That note is below.)
Friday, March 9, 2012 12:00 am
Some readers have raised questions about our coverage of the civil sex abuse trial of Father Michael Kelly of Lockeford.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:52 pm
Lawyers in the Michael Kelly sexual assault civil suit argued
Tuesday whether the case of former Lodi priest and convicted
pedophile Oliver O'Grady should be included as evidence.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 12:26 pm
An Irish court has sentenced a former Lodi priest to three years
in prison for possessing child pornography.
Oliver O'Grady, 66, was sentenced Monday at Dublin Circuit
Criminal Court, according to the Irish Courts Service. He
previously pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing child
pornography. He was arrested in Dublin in December 2010 after
leaving a computer containing pornographic images of children on a
flight from Amsterdam.
Saturday, December 17, 2011 12:00 am
Tim Lennon is a 64-year-old San Francisco man who says he was
raped by a priest in the Midwest when he was 13. The priest was a
Monday, February 28, 2011 6:37 am
When Cardinal Roger Mahony was ordained nearly a half-century
ago, the Roman Catholic Church was in the throes of a modernization
and renewal — and the lanky young priest who grew up near his
family’s poultry processing plant was seen as a leading liberal
light for the times.
Monday, December 13, 2010 12:00 am
Convicted pedophile priest Oliver O'Grady, who served at St.
Anne's Catholic Church in the 1970s, was arrested on Friday on
charges of possessing thousands of pictures of child pornography,
according to the Dublin Times newspaper in Ireland and Catholic
canon lawyer Patrick Wall.
Friday, October 29, 2010 6:35 am
A lawyer for a California man says his client has filed a
lawsuit against a defrocked priest who admitted molesting dozens of
children. Attorney Joseph George says the civil lawsuit filed
Wednesday in San Joaquin County Superior Court accuses Oliver
O'Grady of repeatedly sexually assaulting his client when he was
Saturday, June 5, 2010 12:00 am
Oliver O'Grady has been called the Hannibal Lecter of pedophile
Catholic priests. He has been gone from the Stockton Diocese for 17
years, but the civil lawsuits keep coming — 22 to date, resulting
in $18.7 million paid to victims.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 12:00 am
The Dutch Catholic Church rejected criticism Monday for failing
to check the background of a volunteer who served a seven-year
prison sentence in Amador County for child abuse.
Thursday, January 29, 2009 10:00 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cardinal Roger M. Mahony said Thursday he was
"mystified and puzzled" by a federal grand jury investigation into
the handling of alleged clergy child molestation cases by the Roman
Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 10:00 pm
Another sexual abuse lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Oliver
O'Grady, a Catholic priest who served at churches in the area and
spent seven years in prison for abusing children.
Sunday, June 29, 2008 10:00 pm
A&W GETS NO LOVE: The New York Times recently published the
results from a panel tasting of root beers in its June 25 edition.
Noted Times wine writer Eric Asimov reports that while he never
writes about sodas and almost never drinks them, he does love root
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 10:00 pm
Donald W. Montrose, the Stockton Catholic Diocese bishop from
1986 until 1999, died early Wednesday morning, six days before what
would have been his 85th birthday.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008 10:00 pm
A popular Lockeford priest who recently returned to St.
Joachim's Catholic Church vehemently denies allegations that he
sexually abused a boy in the 1980s.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007 10:00 pm
A 43-year-old woman has sued the Stockton Diocese, claiming that
former priest Oliver O'Grady sexually abused her several times
while she attended St. Anne's School in the 1970s, according to the
diocese and two attorneys.