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November 19, 2007   •   VOL. 45, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA

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Bishop Vigneron issues statement affirming pastoral appointment of Father Padraig Greene

Pleasanton pastor retires after 22 years of leadership

A medical team from Antioch delivers supplies and care to patients in Vietnam

St. Mary’s Center closer to its goal of buying St. Joseph-St. Andrew Church

Local charities deliver holiday wish lists

East Bay churches form New Sanctuary Movement to advocate for immigrant families facing deportation

Campaign for umbilical cord blood bank begins

Cathedral serves as refuge after Mexico flood

Marking Advent

God and geeks: Vatican astronomer hunts for faith in Silicon Valley

Rally for justice

OBITUARY:
Sister M. John Bosco Crivello, SHF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bishop Vigneron issues statement affirming
pastoral appointment of Father Padraig Greene
 

Below is the statement issued by the Oakland Diocese on Nov. 14 regarding the appointment of Father Padraig Greene as parochial administrator of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton:

Bishop Allen Vigneron and the Diocese of Oakland affirm and support Father Padraig Greene in his appointment as parochial administrator of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, notwithstanding the recently re-surfaced charges of lewd conduct from 1999. These charges involved no minors, no children, nor any other person, and were dismissed by the Alameda County District Attorney that same year.

Repentant and desiring to put his life back in order, Father Greene spent several months dealing with this dark moment through extensive therapy and a program of spiritual renewal at a center in St. Louis. The Diocese of Oakland, as an expression of our belief in the forgiveness and redemption God offers to all people, sponsored Father Greene in this program.

Father Greene, who then served as an associate pastor in the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, has performed exemplary ministry in the Diocese since that time. There have been no further incidents.

The Diocese of Oakland holds as one of its highest concerns the protection and safety of children and all parishioners, and is confident in the ministry Father Greene will continue to bring to the people of Pleasanton.


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