Repulsed and heartbroken

Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto issues letter to faithful about list of priests and deacons accused of sexually abusing young people

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento.

The following is from an April 27 letter by Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento:

This week, I will publish on our diocesan website (www.scd.org), the list of priests and deacons who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors and young people in the Diocese of Sacramento. The list will account for our history of sexual abuse over the last seven decades and is a necessary reckoning for our local Church.

I am repulsed and heartbroken by the evil acts that were perpetrated upon the innocent by those entrusted with their care. When you read the list you will experience your own feelings of shock, anger and disgust. This undoubtedly will reopen wounds for some.

The pain and suffering of the victims from the betrayal and loss of innocence has continued for decades and will never go away. So too should our prayers never cease for God’s mercy and healing upon these victims. I apologize for the sins and failures of the past. I am determined that such acts of abuse should never again occur in our diocese. I pledge to you that I and my brother priests are zealous in our efforts to ensure that our parishes and other Church ministries are safe environments for our children and young people.

Our work follows the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002 which greatly reduced the frequency of these sins. However, even one such event is one too many. We are determined to remain vigilant. In these days of reckoning for our local Church, I ask you to join me in praying for the victims of sexual abuse and the purification of God’s Holy Church.

Respectfully,

+ Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento

From Diocese of Sacramento.

Comments

  1. Minors and Young People ? With a majority of cases throughout the country it should read pre and post adolescent males. It doesn’t and will not because a majority reported are post adolescent males making it a same sex attraction.

  2. what’s taking Sacramento so long? Many Dioceses published [supplemental] lists weeks ago.

  3. Anonymous says

    They never say what needs to be said, what victims need to hear. They are still not getting it.

  4. Why doesnt it list Leatherby? Thought he was suspended for credible allegation? Or maybe not credible after all?

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