Statement from the Diocese of San Jose Regarding the Updating of Clergy Abuse List and support for Jesuit West Province Releasing their names
Bishop McGrath, Bishop Cantú, and the Diocese of San Jose commend the Jesuits West Province for releasing the names of Jesuits from their province who have been found credibly accused of sexual abuse of children. Publishing these names fosters healing for victims/survivors and provides additional assurance that no clergy accused of sexual misconduct with children is currently ministering in Santa Clara County.
As part of the Diocese of San Jose’s ongoing commitment to healing through reconciliation with the victim/survivors of clergy abuse and the faithful everywhere, we remain resolute in our affirmation of transparency and accountability. In light of the new information released by other dioceses and religious orders, such as the Jesuits, the Diocese of San Jose is establishing an additional section to its Clergy Disclosure List https://www.dsj.org/ministries/protecting-gods-children/clergy-disclosure-list/
This additional section will include credible allegations of sexual misconduct with children that occurred either outside the Diocese of San Jose/Santa Clara County or institutions of religious orders within Santa Clara County by any Roman Catholic clergy who have ever ministered or resided in the Diocese of San Jose/Santa Clara County. These names were previously not added to our Clergy Disclosure List because the Diocese had no files on these clerics (they were not assigned by the Bishop of San Jose) or the Diocese had not received reports of the misconduct that were investigated and deemed credible by Catholic religious orders or other Catholic dioceses.
We continue to encourage any victims/survivors of abuse by clergy, who have not previously come forward, to do so by contacting local law enforcement – police department or sheriff’s office – and then to make a report to our Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults at 408-983-0113 or opcva.ethicspoint.com. All allegations of misconduct made to the Diocese of San Jose are referred to civil authorities for investigation before any internal investigation commences. The identities of victims are always kept confidential.
We are committed to transparency that fosters healing in the lives of victims/survivors. As such, we will continue to update the list of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct of children as we receive additional information of credible allegations.