Lawrence Baird, Pedo-Priest Apologist Extraordinaire, Now Blessing Wieners!

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Baird's multimillion-dollar Balboa cottage
We've never had a chance to truly beat down Lawrence Baird, longtime pedo-priest apologist for the Diocese of Orange, because he was before our time. But his claims to infamy are legion: from calling notorious boy-lover Michael Harris "an icon to the priesthood" to living in a multimillion-dollar Balboa Island home to suing a sex-abuse victim for defamation (and losing. And having to pay her legal bill. And getting caught trying to shut up her free speech), Baird is just an overall asshole--and that's what makes him so esteemed among Orange County Catholics and fools. I mean, what other reason would a new restaurant ask him to bless their grand opening?

Yet that's exactly what a hot dog stand in Balboa asked Baird to do late last month. He's been the pastor at St. John Vianney Chapel there for years (home chapel, last we checked, to those icons of morality Kobe and Vanessa Bryant) and a presence on the island--and now you have another reason to stay away from Balboa besides the parking and snooty residents.

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Is Jerry Brown Nominating the Orange Diocese's Keeper of Pedo-Priest Secrets as a OC Judge?

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The buzz going around the Diocese of Orange is that California governor Jerry Brown is considering general counsel Maria Rullo Schinderle as a judge. And if ever you needed a laugh, it's in that possibility.

Schinderle has worked for the Orange diocese since 1998, basically at the beginning of the regime of former Bishop Tod D. Brown. She was his point person on how to confront legally pedophilia among his priests, and what to do with all those pesky survivors who wanted justice--and we all saw how good THAT went for county Catholics.

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Trial for Ricardo Aldana, Accused Catholic School Pervert Teacher, Finally Gets Started Today

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Over two years after getting arrested on seven felony charges of molesting his student, the trial of former JSerra High School Spanish teacher Ricardo Aldana is finally going to start today, according to lawyers for the victim.

A quick refresher: Aldana was a popular volleyball coach in South County whose defenders came out in full force upon getting arrested. Those defenders shut up after details emerged that Aldana had also been accused of molesting a student while at Hawthorne High, and that JSerra officials hadn't uncovered that tidbit. They insisted Hawthorne High brass never told them; the rest of the world laughed.

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Will Todd Spitzer Fire Matt Cunningham as His OC Parks Commissioner?

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Excuse us as we here at the Weekly revel in schaudenfreude and we-told-ustedes-so over paid hack and OC Weekly 2013 Scariest People honoree Matt Cunningham's evisceration on the national stage for his wussy blog post mocking people who have lost loved ones to shootings by cops. Matty deserves all the professional scorn on Earth, and more so.

And might that involve losing his longtime post as an OC Parks commissioner? That's the tantalizing possibility before us in the wake of this scandal gracias to Todd Spitzer's political future.

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Mater Dei Boys' B-Ball Players Bullied Their Co-Captain, Calling Him "Bitch" and "Nigger": Claim

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Last week, we reported that Mario Soto, a forward on Mater Dei High's boys basketball team, was leaving the school for reasons unknown. Today, we know why he left: bullying by former and current teammates, including allegations of physical assaults and that they called him "bitch" and "nigger"--never mind that Soto is half-Puerto Rican and half-Indian.

And lest petty Mater Dei fans skewer Soto by claiming he's making up excuses for not being able to hack it it under coach Gary Mcknight (never mind that Soto was a returning starter who had been a co-captain since his sophomore year), the senior is serious about his claims. He has retained the counsel of John Manly, the legendary Newport Beach lawyer who has sued his alma mater many times for its pedophilically inclined employees and is a wrecking ball of righteousness.

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Mater Dei High Boys' Basketball Team Loses Star Player to...What?

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Rumors are a'running through the hardwood floor of Mater Dei High School's gym, where sources tell the Weekly what the Los Angeles Times first reported last week: its boys' basketball team is losing senior forward Mario Soto, a team captain and member of a group of players that has won three state championships in a row.

No one is talking at this point, so all we can revel in is the fact that the school's legendary pedophile-protecting coach, Gary McKnight, is even more annoyed than his corpulent self usually is.

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Ricardo Aldana, Pervert Catholic School Teacher Charged With Molesting Teen, Still Not Tried Nearly Three Years After Arrest

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It has been almost three years since I broke the news that Ricardo Aldana, a Spanish teacher and volleyball coach at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, was arrested on charges of molesting a student at the school. He faces seven felony counts of lewd acts upon a child, and sources tell the Weekly it seems a slam-dunk case for the prosecution.

But yesterday came word that Aldana's trial has been postponed yet again at the request of super-attorney Michael Molfetta (who also represents accused serial killer Itzcoatl Ocampo--Mikey really knows how to pick'em!), meaning any proposed trial won't happen until January 2014 at the earliest? Reason? The delayyyyyyyyyyyy game.

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OC Register to Publish Newspaper of Pedophile-Friendly Organization (aka Diocese of Orange)

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"I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it: pedophile protectors don't bother me one bit"
Has Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner's push to be journalism's Jesus gone to his head to the point where he now actually thinks he's every newspaper's Nazarene, the media Messiah, the copy Christ (okay: no more alliterations)? Apparently so: earlier this month, it was announced that the throwaway magazine arm of Freedom Communications, Churm Media, will publish the official newspaper of the Diocese of Orange, Orange County Catholic, starting next month.

Cool! So Kushner has no problem printing the paper of an organization that protected pedophile priests for decades, who's still trying to screw over sex-abuse victims, and who still employs John Urell, a pedophile protector that should've been cast into Gehenna long ago. REAL positive journalism there!

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LA Archdiocese Files Shows--Again--How John Urell Covered Up for OC Pedo-Priests

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Urell, just as he conveniently suffered a nervous breakdown
In the spring 1992, a huge controversy emerged at St. Joseph Elementary School in Placentia, as parents and teachers were up in arms against the Diocese of Orange and principal John Ruhl. The former Vicentian was apparently a Grade-A douchebag, physically and verbally assaulting female teachers, and parents wanted him gone. Monsignor John Urell, secretary to then-Bishop Norman McFarland, told the media not to worry: Ruhl had "taken a leave of absence to care for an ailing family member," and Urell didn't know when he'd return.

It would be never, because Urell was hiding an inconvenient secret: Ruhl was a pedo-priest. That revelation wouldn't happen until this week, when personnel files released by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles revealed that Urell and the Orange diocese knew Ruhl was a pedo-priest, but never alerted the public or authorities about it.

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Orange Diocese Bishop Kevin Vann Doing His Damndest to Stop CA Bill that Would Help Child-Abuse Victims

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It's been almost a year now since Kevin Vann became bishop of the Diocese of Orange, and what has he accomplished? There was a profile in one of the Orange County Register's magazines that read like a press release. He approved the removal of memorial stones at the former Crystal Cathedral, memorial stones that the sheep of the Rev. Robert H. Schuller spent thousands to install under the idea they'd be up there for centuries. And now he's joining his fellow bishops in trying to defeat a California State Senate bill that seeks justice for child-abuse victims.

SB 131 would open a one-year window lifting statutes of limitation so that victims of pedo-priests can file civil lawsuits against the Catholic Church regardless of when their abuse happened. A similar window occurred in 2002, exposing the Church as a pedophile factory. And that's why Vann doesn't want it to happen again.

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