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Acrimony Adds to Church’s Turmoil

Parishioners of Laguna Beach’s St. Francis by the Sea Cathedral bundled up Christmas Eve for a  candlelight vigil outside the historic chapel, barred from entering to worship in recent weeks due to an ownership dispute over what is considered one of the world’s smallest...

News of Bishop Simon

Editor, This letter is intended for the people of Laguna Beach. The bishop of St. Francis by the Sea in Laguna Beach wants to extend his apologies for any misunderstandings or missed appointments. He also wants to thank St. Mary’s and Reverend Elizabeth Rechter for so generously...

Maverick Church and Iconic Leader Face Uncertain Future

For four decades, Bishop Simon Talarczyk has presided over Laguna Beach’s most unusual church, an unaffiliated American Catholic congregation that worships in a historic chapel considered one of the world’s smallest cathedrals. Annie Ratta, of Trabuco Canyon, accompanied by her...