Santa Rosa Dio­cese re­leases names of sus­pected abusers

The Tribune (SLO) - - Espresso - BY MICHAEL CABANATUAN

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 or in the North Coast Catholic newslet­ter.

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