“The buck stops with the bishop”

San Jose diocese accused of under-reporting number of priests accused of sexual misconduct; diocese says "alleged incidents occurred, and the reports of abuse were made, in other jurisdictions"

The San Jose Diocese defended its initial report of 15 bad priests, countering that the extra 18 listed by a Minnesota law firm were either not connected to the diocese or, in three cases, were sent here without warning. “The alleged incidents occurred, and the reports of abuse were made, in other jurisdictions and were not shared with the Diocese of San Jose,” a diocese … [Read more...]

San Jose bishop names 15 priests accused of child sex abuse

The list included only clergy members who admitted misconduct, were criminally convicted or were found to be culpable by a review board convened by the diocese

The Catholic Diocese of San Jose on Thursday released the names of 15 clergy members who were known by the church to be child sex abusers. At least nine priests on the list are dead, and the rest are permanently banned from the ministry. Many of the allegations were already publicly known through lawsuits and news reports. One of the priests, Don Flickinger, who was sued for … [Read more...]

“This is just another one of their games”

San Jose diocese, Church blasted at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Palo Alto during first of three "listening sessions" planned by Bishop Patrick McGrath in response to sexual abuse crisis

Angry and hurt over national reports of clergy abuse that have again rocked the Catholic Church to its core, dozens of residents confronted Bishop Patrick McGrath Saturday to demand transparency as the Diocese of San Jose prepares to launch its own investigation. About 70 people — including alleged victims of abuse — gathered at Our Lady of the Rosary for a listening session … [Read more...]

San Jose diocese $247 million in debt

Apparently leaked document "a complex financial document that was for internal use only"

Bishop of San Jose Patrick McGrath drew praise from charity groups and parishioners Tuesday for his quick decision amid public outcry to sell a $2.3 million house bought with diocesan funds for his retirement. But other Catholics were dismayed it took public outcry to change his mind. McGrath acknowledged in a statement late Monday that he “erred in judgment” in buying the … [Read more...]

That’s a lot of money

San Jose diocese buys $2.3 million retirement home for Bishop Patrick McGrath; after bad publicity, Mcgrath decides not to move in

Editor's note: Bishop Patrick McGrath has decided not to move into the 2.3 million dollar home the Diocese of San Jose purchased for him. The following story has been updated below with the bishop's statement. When San Jose’s Bishop Patrick J. McGrath went hunting in Silicon Valley for a place to settle down and retire, he knew it wouldn’t be easy to find a modestly priced … [Read more...]

“Does not introduce anything new to the dialogue regarding clergy sexual abuse of children”

San Jose diocese issues statement on pope's letter on abuse scandals

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 who should have been guardians, caretakers, loving … [Read more...]

“Unconscionable tactics to drive asylum seekers deep into the desert”

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath tells large crowd at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph that he is "profoundly disturbed and disheartened" by U.S. immigration policy

The Catholic diocese of San Jose held a prayer service for immigration reform and reunification of migrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday night at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph. Bishop Patrick McGrath presided over the service and began with, “pray for those who can’t come to public service such as this” to an almost-packed church. The prayer … [Read more...]

An evening of prayer and solidarity for migrant families and immigration reform

Bishop Patrick McGrath calls on Catholics to join vigil for immigrants at Cathedral Basilica of San Jose on July 17

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In light of the recent developments on the US ~ Mexico border with families being separated, I am calling all Catholics from our Diocese to join me in an evening of prayer and solidarity for migrant families and immigration reform. This vigil will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of San Jose on Tuesday, July 17th, from 7-8 PM. There will be … [Read more...]

“The answer is not more guns, not arming teachers with Oozies or AK-47s”

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath addresses students at Archbishop Mitty High School before 17-minute walkout to protest gun violence

March 14, 2018 I must begin my brief words by thanking you for this observance and for inviting me to be part of it. There is absolutely no place I would rather be than to stand here in solidarity with you as you stand in solidarity with young people across our nation, and perhaps around the world. The tragedy at Parkland is not even the latest of far too many shooting … [Read more...]

San Jose bishop plans ‘town hall’ with young adults

Bishop Patrick McGrath will field questions at St. Martin of Tours parish on Aug. 2

All young adults in the Diocese are invited to a Summer Discussion Night, featuring Bishop Patrick McGrath at St. Martin of Tours church. Bishop McGrath has graciously offered to make himself available for an evening to listen to ideas and answer questions from young adults. Therefore, we will be presenting this discussion night as a Town Hall style (Q&A) session focused … [Read more...]