Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

CA: Bishop apologizes for delay in reporting alleged priest sex abuse (priest fled to Mexico)
ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 8/12/06 | AP

Posted on 08/12/2006 9:18:37 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

SANTA ROSA

A Roman Catholic church official apologized Saturday for waiting several days to notify authorities about sexual abuse allegations against a priest, a delay that may have allowed the priest to flee to Mexico.

Bishop Daniel Walsh of the Santa Rosa diocese said in a one-page statement to parishioners he put "caution" before "doing the right thing" in handling the allegations against priest Xavier Ochoa.

Church officials say Ochoa admitted April 28 to sexually abusing a 12-year-old altar boy, but the allegations were not reported to Child Protective Services until May 1, and Ochoa disappeared the next day.

"I made an error in judgment by waiting to report Rev. Ochoas admission," Walsh wrote in the statement, distributed at Saturday Mass throughout the diocese, which stretches from Santa Rosa to the Oregon border. "I should have acted immediately, and not delayed. For this I am deeply sorry."

Ochoa, 68, was charged June 22 with 10 felony counts and one misdemeanor count of child sex abuse involving three alleged victims. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

Walsh said the public admission could aid prosecutors in filing criminal charges against him.

Prosecutors said in July they were investigating whether church officials violated a state law requiring doctors, nurses, teachers and clergy members to immediately report child sex abuse claims.

"If I am found guilty for not taking immediate action, I will accept whatever punishment is imposed," Walsh said.

Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua told The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat on Saturday he had not seen the letter and that the investigation was still pending.

Walsh said he lamented the damage his delayed reporting caused the church and wanted to admit his error.

"With this letter," he wrote, "I am choosing to step forward and admit my mistake because not to do so would only compound my original inaction and further tarnish all of our shared efforts over the past six years, in working to eradicate sexual abuse in the Church."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: abusivepriests; alleged; apologizes; bishop; california; delay; priest; reporting; sexabuse

1 posted on 08/12/2006 9:18:38 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Make this chap a saint. He is into the honesty mode. What a novel idea!


2 posted on 08/12/2006 9:21:52 PM PDT by Torie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
Bishop Daniel Walsh of the Santa Rosa diocese said in a one-page statement
to parishioners he put "caution" before "doing the right thing"
in handling the allegations against priest Xavier Ochoa.


I won't be suprised if the good Bishop gets his own segment on
Bill O'Reilly's show. And it won't be pretty.
3 posted on 08/12/2006 9:25:47 PM PDT by VOA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Torie
If I remember correctly, Walsh is one of Mahoney's boys. There's nothing approaching honesty when dealing with any of those types. He flat out let that perp escape and now is pretending to be sorry about it.

I hear the market for millstones is red hot these days.
4 posted on 08/12/2006 9:27:42 PM PDT by Antoninus (Public schools are the madrassas of the American Left. --Ann Coulter, Godless)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Torie

My bishop. The last one was even worse, I won't even write what he did. I pray the next will be more holy.


5 posted on 08/12/2006 9:31:24 PM PDT by fogofbobegabay
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Antoninus

And he came in after the diocese really botched a sex abuse scandal, resulting in serious financial damage to the parish a few years ago. The law explicitly states that they must let the authorities know ASAP. A shame as I went to high school in that parish, was confirmed there, etc; lots of good people.....and now a second pedophile.


6 posted on 08/12/2006 9:32:52 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, ATF and DEA)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Antoninus

You remeber correctly, you are known by the friends you keep.


7 posted on 08/12/2006 9:33:08 PM PDT by fogofbobegabay
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: VOA
I won't be suprised if the good Bishop gets his own segment on Bill O'Reilly's show. And it won't be pretty.

Doubt it. In my opinion, Walsh is one of the Lavendar Mafia guys, and to my knowledge, O'Reilly has not taken on one of these tools EVER. See here:

'Sodomy' book author exposes Santa Rosa bishop, priest
8 posted on 08/12/2006 9:33:46 PM PDT by Antoninus (Public schools are the madrassas of the American Left. --Ann Coulter, Godless)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: fogofbobegabay

"My bishop. The last one was even worse, ..."

Both Mahoney's boys, like so many other perverts and pervert protectors.

Time to go after the head of the snake.


9 posted on 08/12/2006 9:35:30 PM PDT by rogator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: fogofbobegabay; NormsRevenge; Antoninus

What is it with Santa Rosa? I lived in SR for a few years under a bishop whose name I don't recall (prior to Ziemann) who tolerated a priest at the diocesan school - all girls, at that time - who was messing around with the girls and also fiddling with the finances. Then Bp. Ziemann, who followed him, took episcopal corruption to a new low with his gay antics, not to mention the extortion and theft.

I hope Bp. Walsh is not as bad, but it certainly seems that he is cast in the mold of a true Santa Rosa bishop - alas.


10 posted on 08/12/2006 9:42:06 PM PDT by livius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: livius
I'm hoping the DA files, the fastest way to get a replacement for this embarrassment.
11 posted on 08/12/2006 9:47:27 PM PDT by fogofbobegabay
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Antoninus
He flat out let that perp escape and now is pretending to be sorry about it.

Exactly. Let him wear a hair shirt and spare us his posturing.

12 posted on 08/12/2006 9:50:40 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: fogofbobegabay

I hope the new Archbishop gets you a good one, after all these years - no, decades. I have never seen a diocese that has had such uniformly awful bishops. I hope Neiderauer is better than his predecessors and actually looks out for the archdiocese and everyone in it.


13 posted on 08/12/2006 9:57:37 PM PDT by livius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: livius

Isn't Neiderauer also one of Mahoney's boys?


14 posted on 08/12/2006 10:03:12 PM PDT by rogator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
""I made an error in judgment by waiting to report Rev. Ochoas admission," Walsh wrote in the statement, distributed at Saturday Mass throughout the diocese, which stretches from Santa Rosa to the Oregon border. "I should have acted immediately, and not delayed. For this I am deeply sorry."

Sorry, Rev...but "...deeply sorry"... doesn't cut it any more.

Why don't you start checking out the rest of your priests and throw out all the perverts?

15 posted on 08/12/2006 10:04:17 PM PDT by albee (The best thing you can do for the poor is.....not be one of them. - Eric Hoffer)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RedStateRocker

His mea culpa reads well, but that seems to be part of the cover-up. Ecclesiastic spin is always the most foul.

Phoenix has its former bishop who did a hit and run, refused to answer the phone or door, tried to get his car repaired, got off very leniently.

The Protestant church leaders are no better. They just get less press attention.


16 posted on 08/12/2006 11:37:43 PM PDT by sine_nomine (Confidential to Bush: protect the borders. The first word in "illegal immigrant" is...?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: RedStateRocker
Not in any way trying to excuse the bishop, however the priest fled the day after the charges were filed according to the article.
17 posted on 08/13/2006 12:05:26 AM PDT by Talking_Mouse (Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just... Thomas Jefferson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Well these cases have gone on way too long. Either states make it a felony crime for these peopel to not report these cases or the Feds should. Let some of these pedophile protectors serve time in Leavenworth.


18 posted on 08/13/2006 2:59:07 AM PDT by Iwentsouth
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Get rid of him, let him go to some monastary grow grapes and make himself useful, Make wine.


19 posted on 08/13/2006 5:30:49 AM PDT by chatham
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Get rid of him, let him go to some monastary grow grapes and make himself useful, Make wine.


20 posted on 08/13/2006 5:31:22 AM PDT by chatham
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Antoninus

Doesn't pass the smell test.


21 posted on 08/13/2006 6:04:41 AM PDT by hershey
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: fogofbobegabay
The last one was even worse, . . .

Wasn't yours the gay bishop who ordained his male lover (who hadn't even gone to seminary), who in turn absconded with the diocesan treasury? Or was that the bishop before last? Frankly, I am amazed that there is anyone in Santa Rosa who would still admit to being Catholic. (In fact, this may be proof that the Holy Spirit keeps the Church going.)

22 posted on 08/13/2006 6:26:04 AM PDT by madprof98
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: rogator

Yes, he is another one of Roger's gang. I'm not expecting great things out of him, unfortunately, although some Freepers who were in his former diocese (Salt Lake City) posted that he was good there. So we shall see, I guess.


23 posted on 08/13/2006 7:08:03 AM PDT by livius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: livius

"...although some Freepers who were in his former diocese (Salt Lake City) posted that he was good there. "

While in SLC, I saw more liturgical shenanagans and less tradition than I have seen anywhere with the exception perhaps of Boise under Ryan, Tucson under Moreno, and Phoenix under O'Brien.
But then again, aren't these guys also Mahoney's boys?
I still say its time to go after the head of the snake.


24 posted on 08/13/2006 7:39:22 AM PDT by rogator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: rogator

I guess there is some variance of opinion on SLC, then!

I agree, Roger should have been gone a long time ago. He is the head of the snake, and St. John's at Camarillo is a hatchery. Mahoney was one of the famous "boy bishops" and he is still far from retirement age, unfortunately, so unless he does something so spectacular he has to be removed, I think he's going to be around for awhile.


25 posted on 08/13/2006 7:45:06 AM PDT by livius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: livius

"...I think he's going to be around for awhile."

Unfortunately you are probably right.
We do however need to continue doing our best to mitigate his influence.
Whenever his writings, conferences, etc. are used or reported favorably in our parishes we need to stand up and expose them for the evil which they are.
If I had the misfortune to live in the LA diocese, I would not contribute a dime and would probably attend SSPX or Orthodox Masses (exercising my rights under Canon Law to do so).


26 posted on 08/13/2006 8:11:10 AM PDT by rogator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: rogator

When I lived in Santa Rosa (years ago, when things were even worse), I did exercise my rights and attend an Orthodox Church. The Orthodox won't admit you to Communion, generally, but it was still a lot better than what was going on at the Catholic churches there.

I agree, Mahony should be called on his bizarre writings and actions. But nobody seems to be prepared to do this; furthermore, he is pretty good at knowing how far he can go and when he has got to leave his heretical ideas unstated (but understood).


27 posted on 08/13/2006 8:37:00 AM PDT by livius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: livius

"...Mahony should be called on his bizarre writings and actions. But nobody seems to be prepared to do this;.."

I heard Mother Angelica do this a few years ago.

We need a few folks wearing purple or red having the guts that she has.


28 posted on 08/13/2006 8:41:22 AM PDT by rogator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson