Dio­cese re­leases names of clergy it be­lieves were child sex abusers

The Modesto Bee - - News -

The Ro­man Catholic Dio­cese of Santa Rosa has re­leased a list of 39 cler­gy­men it says have been cred­i­bly ac­cused or con­victed of child sex­ual abuse, which it de­scribes as “the evil ac­tions of priests and bish­ops.”

More than half of those on the list re­leased Satur­day night — at least 23 — are de­ceased, and Robert Vasa, bishop of the dio­cese, said in the North Coast Catholic news­let­ter that none of the priests or dea­cons on the list are still serv­ing in the dio­cese.

The names, which in­clude three cler­gy­men con­victed of sex­ual of­fenses, were re­leased in the news­let­ter. Many of them are al­ready well­known through pub­lic ac­cu­sa­tions, ad­mis­sions or in­ves­ti­ga­tions. In­cluded on the list are 14 men who were ac­cused of child sex­ual abuse in other lo­ca­tions but did not face al­le­ga­tions in the Santa Rosa dio­cese.

The list can be found in a re­lease from the dio­cese at bit.ly/2D6I4ib, pref­aced by a state­ment from Vasa, or in the North Coast Catholic news­let­ter.

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