Six years ago, the San Diego Diocese recommended a priest — who faced credible accusations of sexual abuse — to continue ministering, including to children.
The Rev. J. Patrick Foley told KQED that the sexual abuse accusations against him are “false and libelous," and that he has not held retreats or ministered to children since 1995.
But officials with the San Diego Diocese said the claims against Foley are "credible.” That’s according to a report the diocese released last week that names Foley and seven other priests as facing credible accusations of sexual misconduct with minors.
Five of those priests are believed to be deceased, one may have fled to Mexico, and two are living in California.
Despite knowing about those credible accusations of sexual abuse against Foley, the Catholic Church not only kept those accusations secret but also actively recommended him to work with minors.