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Monterey Diocese releases names of 30 Catholic clergymen accused of sexual abuse

Pope tells clergy sex abusers: ‘Hand yourself over to human justice’

Pope Francis demanded that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in to authorities on December 21, 2018. He also vowed that the Catholic Church will no longer cover up clergy sex abuse.
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Pope Francis demanded that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in to authorities on December 21, 2018. He also vowed that the Catholic Church will no longer cover up clergy sex abuse.

The Catholic Diocese of Monterey recently released a list of 30 clergymen accused of sexually abusing children as far back as the 1950s, as part of a church effort “to promote transparency and trust.”

The diocese — which includes San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties — hired law firm Weintraub Tobin to review the files of active clergy and those with known allegations of sexual misconduct.

According to the report, no one has raised credible sexual abuse allegations against a diocese clergyman since 2009.

The parishes in which the accused priests previously worked were not included in the report. Attorney Paul Gaspari of Weintraub Tobin said specific locations were not included in the information he compiled.

The report divides the accused priests into three groups: those who were not previously known to the public, those who were known and those who had died prior to being accused.

The names of the following accused clergymen were not previously in the public domain:

The names of the following accused clergymen were previously released, as they were working for the diocese when the alleged abuse occurred:

The following clergymen were accused of sexual abuse after they had died:

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Lindsey Holden writes about housing, immigration and everything in between for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. She also covers northern San Luis Obispo County city governments and school districts. Lindsey joined The Tribune in 2016 after working for the Rockford Register Star in Illinois. She’s a native Californian raised in the Midwest and is a proud graduate of two Chicago schools: DePaul University and Northwestern University.


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