Message from Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Posted August 20, 2018

Citing “shame and repentance,” Pope Francis issued a letter today, August 20, addressed to the “People of God” acknowledging that the Catholic Church “did not act in a timely manner” to protect children from sexually abusive Priests over a period of decades.  Francis’ letter came in the aftermath of last week’s Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report containing credible allegations of sexual abuse against 300 Priests involving 1,000 minors, and the cover-up of their crimes by church officials in six dioceses.

The Pontiff’s three-page letter began with a quote from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians: “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it.” Pope Francis continued: “These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons.”

While Francis’ letter did not specifically outline new church procedures or systems to safeguard against future sexual abuse, he stated: “Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated.”


Click HERE to read the letter.

Messages from Bishop Robert W. McElroy

Bishop McElroy

Posted August 31, 2018
Bishop McElroy has written a second letter on the sexual abuse scandals affecting the Church at this time. While his first letter of August 18 was addressed to the "Priests, Deacons and Diocesan Staff" of the Diocese of San Diego, his second letter of August 24 is addressed to the "entire Catholic community of San Diego and Imperial Counties." While calling for the continued protection of minors and vulnerable adults, Bishop McElroy also states that true reform must include greater accountability of bishops "in their personal lives and administrative actions."
Pastors have been asked to read his letter of August 24 from the pulpit at all of the Masses of September 1 and 2 and/or publish it in the parish bulletin of the same weekend.
Bishop McElroy will be holding town hall meetings throughout the diocese in the month of October. The purposes of these meetings are detailed in his letter of August 24 found below. All are invited to be part of these efforts toward reform "by your presence or your prayers."
The schedule of town hall meetings with Bishop McElroy is as follows:

Monday, October 1            Mission Deanery – Our Mother of Confidence Parish, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, October 3      Cathedral Deanery, St. Joseph Cathedral, 7:00 pm

Thursday, October 4          El Cajon Deanery, Our Lady of Grace - Moloney Center, 7:00 pm

Friday, October 5               South Bay Deanery, Saint Charles Parish, 7:00 pm

Saturday, October 6          Imperial Valley Deanery, Saint Mary Parish, El Centro, 9:00 am

Wednesday, October 17    Oceanside Deanery, Church of the Nativity, 7:00 pm

Thursday, October 18        Escondido Deanery, St. Gabriel Parish - Msgr. Charles Dollen Hall, 7:00 pm


Click HERE to read Bishop McElroy's letter of August 24, 2018 to the Catholic Community of the Diocese of San Diego.


Click HERE to read Bishop McElroy's letter to Clergy and Diocesan Staff of August 18, 2018.

Q&A from Bishop Robert Barron (Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Los Angeles) on the Sexual Abuse Crisis

Bishop Barron Q&A about the Sexual Abuse Crisis