Statement of Bishop Patrick J. McGrath – August 15, 2018

The news this week of the historic sexual abuse of minors in six Pennsylvania dioceses is truly horrific. Trust was first betrayed by these attacks on the innocent; however, the systematic cover-up and reassigning of these priests by their bishops and superiors is just as unforgivable.

As I have stated on many occasions, we - the Church and its ministers - must abide by a higher standard. We are called to protect and keep safe children, the young and all vulnerable persons. There can be no short-cuts, nothing that can excuse immoral and sinful acts.

The Diocese of San Jose remains committed to protecting God's children and to fostering the safest of environments in which to worship, learn and live.

I echo the bishops in Pennsylvania who have asked for forgiveness. Yet we know that forgiveness does not absolve perpetrators of the consequences of these grave transgressions against the defenseless.

Finally, I ask you to pray for the victims and their families. I would also request that you pray for the vast majority of priests - present and past - who have been faithful in their ministry. They, too, grieve for the terrible stain of this sin that has harmed so many.

May God bless you all. August 15, 2018

La noticia de esta semana sobre el histórico abuso sexual de menores en seis diócesis de Pennsylvania es realmente horrorosa. La confianza fue lo primero que se traicionó a través de estos ataques a inocentes; sin embargo, el encubrimiento sistemático y la reasignación de esos sacerdotes llevada a cavo por sus obispos y superiores religiosos es simplemente imperdonable.

Como he dicho en varias ocasiones, nosotros – la Iglesia y sus ministros – debemos atenernos a un estándar más alto. Estamos llamados a proteger y mantener a salvo los niños, los jóvenes, y todas las personas vulnerables. No puede haber atajos, nada puede excusar estos actos inmorales y pecaminosos.

La Diócesis de San José permanece comprometida a la protección de los hijos e hijas de Dios y a fomentar ambientes más seguros para alabar, aprender y vivir.

Me hago eco de los obispos de Pennsylvania, quienes han pedido perdón. Aunque bien sabemos que el perdón no absuelve a los perpetradores de las consecuencias de estas graves transgresiones contra los indefensos.

Finalmente, les pido rezar por las víctimas y sus familias. Al mismo tiempo les pido también rezar por la vasta mayoría de los sacerdotes – del presente y del pasado – que han sido fieles a su ministerio. Ellos, también se afligen por la terrible mancha de este pecado que a perjudicado a tantos.

Que Dios los bendiga a todos

Agosto 15, 2018

That Man Is You – September 08, 2018

   TMIY is starting again September 8, 2018
         “The Vision of Man Fully Alive”
THAT MAN IS YOU! (TMIY) is an interactive men’s
program focused on the development of male leadership
in the modern world. It combines the best research from
science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the
wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of authentic
men capable of transforming themselves, their families
and greater society.

The Vision of Man Fully Alive enables men to
experience authentic freedom as sons of God. Through
living the three-fold mission of abiding presence, joyful
service and loving sacrifice, their hearts and homes will
experience the joy that God desires. To sustain them on
their spiritual journey, the men will be led directly to the
three spiritual foods that Christ himself proclaims:
The Eucharist, The Word of God, and The Will of God.

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