October 14, 2005

List of accused priests grows

Daily Bulletin

By L.C. Greene, Staff Writer

Some Inland Valley residents were stunned Thursday after revelations that 17 clergymen who served in the region were among those included in a court-ordered report on child sexual abuse.

The list, released Wednesday by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, identified three former church pastors from two Pomona parishes and former teachers from Damien High School in La Verne and Pomona Catholic Girls High School.

The archdiocese named 126 priests along with some details of allegations as part of an anticipated settlement between the archdiocese and attorneys for 500 alleged sex-abuse victims.

Several former members of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pomona expressed dismay to find the highly regarded former pastor Monsignor Thomas English on the list.

"I was really kind of stunned," said Fred McKay, 60, of Mission Viejo, who served as an altar boy many times for English during the 1950s.

"Accusation is not conviction," however, he noted.

Posted by kshaw at October 14, 2005 11:14 AM