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SF Archdiocese Releases Sex Abuse Data

Feb 2, 2004 | San Jose Mercury News

A review of church records found ``credible allegations'' that 143 minors were sexually abused by 51 priests in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco over the last half-century, according to a statement by Archbishop William Levada.

Officials at the dioceses of Oakland and San Jose are reviewing their own records and expect to issue reports in the next few weeks. The information is being compiled for a national survey commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in its first effort to measure the extent of the clergy sex abuse problem since 1950.

Levada said most of the reported sexual abuse occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. He also said the number of priests involved is 1.4 percent of the 3,606 priests who have served in the San Francisco Archdiocese since 1950. The archdiocese, which covers Marin and San Mateo counties as well as San Francisco, has paid $10.25 million to settle past claims over sexual abuse and has 66 more lawsuits pending against it.

Earlier this month, the Diocese of Monterey reported it had received credible allegations against 13 priests under its jurisdiction, which includes Santa Cruz, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties. It has seven lawsuits pending.

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