For immediate release Wednesday, July 3
Our hearts ache for this brave woman who in her grief over the death of a close friend sought help from Fr. Jose Saenz. Instead of comforting her and helping her to cope Saenz sexually assaulted her. Catholic priests hold themselves out as counselors and spiritual leaders, encouraging Catholics to come to them for guidance. Saenz had both a moral and a civil obligation to protect this vulnerable woman.
We fear that others may have been hurt and are still trapped in silence. We beg anyone who has seen, suspected or suffered Saenz’s crimes to work with law enforcement no matter how old or insignificant they feel their information may be. We also hope that Archbishop Samuel Aquila will use all the resources at his disposal (including diocesan newspaper, website, church bulletins) and to personally visit every parish where Saenz has worked to encourage parishioners, employees and former employees to come forward if they have knowledge about this crime.