San Jose: Protestors demand that Catholic dioceses release names of predator priests

SAN JOSE -- As passersby drove by honking their horns or cheering in support, four demonstrators waved signs in front of the Diocese of San Jose headquarters on Saturday as part of a nationwide protest to pressure U.S. Catholic bishops to disclose the names of 2,800 predator priests.

"Today, 30 dioceses in the U.S. have listed those priests in their dioceses that have been credibly accused or convicted or admitted guilt," said Tim Lennon, 68, who said he was molested at age 12 by a Catholic priest in Iowa, then often driven by that priest to another parish to say confession.


"What we are saying is that the 165 other dioceses in the U.S. should make public their internal lists and open the books -- and that includes San Jose," said the San Francisco resident.

The demonstrations in 10 U.S. cities -- including one at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Oakland Cathedral -- are taking place on the same weekend as Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, which will feature best picture nominee "Spotlight."

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