Diocese of Oakland Bishop Allen H. Vigneron issued a Report to the People of the Oakland Diocese on February 4, 2004, informing parishioners of the results of the John Jay Study. Bishop Vigneron stated that from 1950-2003, 29 diocesan priests were accused of sexual misconduct with minors. The Diocese of Oakland determined 24 claims of sexual abuse to be valid. During this time period, 312 diocesan priests worked in the Diocese of Oakland.
Of the 24 priests with credible accusations, 14 were deceased, nine had been permanently removed from ministry and only one had been laicized. At least 72 children and teens in 22 parishes in the Diocese of Oakland were sexually abused.
Three of the priests with valid complaints were working in East Bay parishes from 1950 to 1962 and belonged to the Archdiocese of San Francisco until they were transferred to Oakland when the Diocese was established in 1962.
During this same time period, an estimated 1,360 religious order priests worked in the Diocese of Oakland parishes and Diocesan offices. An additional 800 priests are estimated to have worked in the diocese as summer replacements, bringing the total number of priests working in the Diocese since 1962 to 2,582.
Diocese of Oakland records show that from 1995 to 2004, at least 11 religious order priests and Brothers were accused of sexual misconduct.
In 2004, the Diocese of Oakland claimed that it has received no reports of abuse since 1989.
In 2003, the California legislature opened a one year, retroactive window for survivors of child sexual abuse to file civil claims. As a result, the identities and histories of sexual abusers within the clergy were disclosed to the public. This report contains the names of clergy associated with the Archdiocese of San Francisco; the Diocese of Oakland; and the Diocese of San Jose who have been accused of sexual misconduct. The vast majority of the claims against these individuals have been settled or have not been fully evaluated in a civil court. Accordingly, the allegations should be considered just allegations and should not be considered proved or substantiated in a court of law. Download the report.