Santa Rosa Diocese releases names of suspected abusers
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.”
At least 23 of those on the list released Saturday night 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 release comes amid a wave of similar disclo- sures across the country after a Pennsylvania grand jury report last August accused the Catholic Church of a systemic cover-up of child sex abuse by diocesan leaders in that state and at the Vatican.
The Diocese of San Jose in October released the names of 15 priests the church believes to be child sexual abusers. The Oakland Diocese had planned to disclose names by Thanksgiving but pushed the release into this year. The Archdiocese of San Francisco has not announced a decision on releasing names, but officials in November said they would review 4,000plus personnel files.
The list can be found at bit.ly/2D6I4ib or in the North Coast Catholic newsletter.