October: Month of Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing

Bishop McGrath, in conjunction with the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, has called on all parishes to dedicate the month of October, Mary’s month, to prayer for victims and survivors of sexual abuse by clergy, and those who enabled them. On Monday, October 1, there will be a prayer service at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph, […]

Diocese adds Fourth Listening Session at Saint Martin of Tours – October 12, 7 pm

Based on the request from the Saint Martin of Tours Parish community, Bishop McGrath has added an additional listening session on Friday, October 12th at Saint Martin of Tours, 200 O’Connor Drive, San Jose at 7 pm.

Bishop Patrick J. McGrath Announces Diocesan Actions to Address Clergy Abuse

September 13, 2018   Dear Brothers and Sisters, Recent revelations of the horrific and heartbreaking crime of the sexual abuse of minors by priests – and the systematic cover-up by bishops –  have fueled a crisis, unprecedented in modern times, in the Catholic Church. There is a need for reform; there is a need for […]

Bishop McGrath’s Statement on Presentation High School

I commend the courageous women who have come forward over the past year to cast light upon the abuse that they and others experienced while students at Presentation High School.  Through these difficult times, they have stood with one another in solidarity. Over the past few months, I have met with some of the victims […]

Our Path to Reconciliation and Healing

Recent news of abuse and misconduct in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and other places in the world has shaken our local community and eroded trust in the Church and its leadership.  These events are horrific.  We must review and, if necessary, renew our efforts to heal all victims and others affected by these crimes and sins, […]

Statement of Bishop Patrick J. McGrath Diocese of San Jose

When I began plans to retire, and considered where I would live, I had wanted to remain in the Diocese of San Jose.  This has been my home for nearly 20 years.  At first, I had hoped to live in a diocesan-owned house that is located on cemetery property, but necessary retrofitting proved to be […]

Reflection on Pope’s Letter

The Holy Father’s letter, addressed to the People of God – to all people of good will – does not introduce anything new to the dialogue regarding clergy sexual abuse of children.  However, it does serve to crystalize Pope Francis’ resolve in focusing the scope of the horrific actions that have been perpetrated by those […]

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the People of God

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons. […]

Carta Del Santo Padre Francisco Al Pueblo De Dios

Si un miembro sufre, todos sufren con él» (1 Co 12,26). Estas palabras de san Pablo resuenan con fuerza en mi corazón al constatar una vez más el sufrimiento vivido por muchos menores a causa de abusos sexuales, de poder y de conciencia cometidos por un notable número de clérigos y personas consagradas. Un crimen que […]

Bishop McGrath’s Statement on Pennsylvania Grand Jury Findings

Spanish  /  Vietnamese Statement of Bishop Patrick J. McGrath Diocese of San Jose The news this week of the historic sexual abuse of minors in six Pennsylvania dioceses is truly horrific.  Trust was first betrayed by these attacks on the innocent; however, the systematic cover-up and reassigning of these priests by their bishops and superiors […]