The Catholic Diocese of San Diego disclosed Friday that a now-retired priest admitted molesting three children when he was in active ministry, and said it is possible more alleged victims will be discovered.
Three men recently came forward and said they were sexually abused as children by Monsignor Rudolph Galindo, who retired in 1986, Bishop Robert Brom stated in a letter Friday to local Catholics.
In the past several weeks, Brom investigated the allegations and met with Galindo, “who admitted that they were true, accepting at the same time full responsibility for his conduct,” Brom wrote.
The letter from Brom has been distributed to pastors, who are expected to make copies available to parishioners at church services this weekend, according to the diocese.
“From my investigation, I am concerned that there are others who may have been harmed by sexual misconduct on the part of Monsignor Galindo during his various assignments as a priest,” Brom wrote.
The diocese did not disclose where Galindo had been assigned or when the admitted abuse occurred.
“We are not releasing that information out of confidentiality that the victims requested,” said Bernadeane Carr of the diocese. “We are broadcasting the information to all parishes, not just the handful that he was stationed at.”
Brom said any other alleged victims could contact him “in order that I might extend to them the pastoral outreach of the church.”
A national scandal involving sexual abuse by Catholic priests came to light in January.
In June, the San Diego diocese turned over information on abuse allegations against 23 priests, most reported by adults allegedly abused as children. The bulk of the cases were reported to the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, with five reported to the Imperial County District Attorney’s office.
Brom also sought to assure Catholics that he knows of no priests in active ministry who have sexually abused minors.
He said that in the “rare situations” when there has been abuse, the church “acted promptly to keep children and young people from risk and to reach out with pastoral concern and care to victims and their families.”