San Jose Diocese adds to list of clergy accused of sexual abuse

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SAN JOSE (KRON) — All eyes have been on the Catholic Church for several months now as dioceses across the country come out with lists of the names of clergy members accused of sexual misconduct.

In October of 2018 the diocese of San Jose came out with a list of 15 names of clergy accused of misconduct.

Today they added to that list.

“I think it’s a step in the direction they should’ve been taking many many years ago,” said parent Carlos Diaz.

Diaz was an altar server as a child. Now that he’s a parent he says being honest with his kids about what’s happening in the Catholic Church is important.

“I think if someone committed a crime or that there’s a high possibility they did they should be removed no doubt,” he said.

His daughter attends St. Patrick’s School in San Jose. According to the diocese, Father Paul Duggan was serving at the school in the 1950s when he allegedly committed sexual misconduct with a child.

Father Duggan then served at St. William Parish in Los Altos in the 1970s before being transferred to the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

He was removed from ministry in 2002 when the allegations were reported. Diaz says immediate removal is what should have always taken place.

“The bad apples need to be gone that way everyone doing good is not tainted,” he said.

Other bad apples on the new list include 70 non diocesan clergy — or those who never permanently served in San Jose, but may have ministered in a retirement community or other institution run by the religious community.

Those names came from lists that had already been published.

“I feel that they’re doing the best they can to get things cleared up,” said another parent.

Fellow parent Claudia Hernandez agrees.

She says despite all of this she won’t be walking away from her faith.

“I tell people hey, that was the choice of someone else that decides to do that,” she said. “I still believe in the Catholic Church.”

Now Father Duggan along with most others on this list have passed away.

Many of them were removed from ministry in the early 2000s after the church implemented new strategies to combat this type of behavior.

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