March 29, 2006

Bishop ends tour with last apology service

Contra Costa Times

By Sophia Kazmi
DUBLIN - Bishop Allen Vigneron on Tuesday night delivered the last of the apologies for those abused by priests of the Oakland Diocese.

After a two-year tour of the diocese, the service at St. Raymond Catholic Church was the 21st apology service presided over by the bishop -- and the last. It was intended for those who could not make one of the other services, or who were not ready to come forward when Vigneron was at their parish.

"I am here with you to acknowledge past failings," the bishop told the audience at the start of his homily.

Vigneron has traveled throughout the East Bay, with stops at churches in Antioch, Castro Valley, Richmond and other cities.

Before the bishop began his homily, members from the Survivors Network for People Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP, held a vigil and passed out fliers that said the diocese is not providing all the names of priests involved in alleged abuses.

Posted by kshaw at March 29, 2006 07:14 AM