August 16 2002

Pastoral Letter to the People of God

in the Diocese of San Diego

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

As you know from my letter to you in June, I am resolved to address cases of the sexual abuse of minors by priests “with transparency and openness, within the confines of respect for the privacy and reputation of the individuals involved.”

Recently, three male adults made allegations of childhood sexual abuse against Monsignor Rudolph Galindo, a priest of this diocese who retired in 1986. Within the past several weeks, I investigated these allegations and met with Monsignor Galindo who admitted that they were true, accepting at the same time full responsibility for his conduct.

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. Wholeheartedly committed to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, I invite any such persons to contact me in order that I might extend to them the pastoral of the Church. I have directed the chancellor, Monsignor Steven Callahan, to personally receive any responses to this invitation at 858-490-8310 or Post Office Box 85728, San Diego, 92186.

Once again, I want to assure you that, to my knowledge, we have no priests in active ministry who have sexually abused minors. In the rare situations in which there has been the abuse of minors, we have acted promptly to keep children and young people from risk and to reach out with pastoral concern and care to victims and their families. Moreover, we cannot lose sight of the fact as you know from experience, that most of our priests are loving and selfless servants of whom we can all be proud.

In his homily for the closing Mass of World Youth Day in Toronto, Pope John Paul II said that “ the harm done by some priests and religious to the young and vulnerable fills us all with a deep sense of sadness and shame.” But, he added, “think of the vast majority of dedicated and generous priests and religious whose only wish is to serve and do good.” These deserve our gratitude and support!

Sincerely in our Lord,
Robert H. Brom
Bishop of San Diego

August 9, 2002

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