On May 2, the Diocese of San Jose was one of 12 Catholic diocese who received a letter from the California Attorney General’s Office asking the Diocese to preserve files and documents that concern their compliance as mandatory reporters of child abuse to local law enforcement and is one of six dioceses to voluntarily present those documents.

The Diocese of San Jose regularly ensures that our clergy and all mandated reporters in its parishes and schools have completed the required training through Santa Clara County’s Department for Family & Children’s Services and reminds them about their obligations to report to law enforcement.  Even those who are not mandated reporters are reminded of the moral obligation to be aware of the signs of child abuse and to report it when there is a suspicion an abuse as occurred.

In the spirit of transparency, the Diocese of San Jose is carefully reviewing the request and intends to cooperate with the Attorney General’s Office.