Diocese of Oakland Faces New Priest Abuse Lawsuits

The priest, Stephen Kiesle, has been removed form from the priesthood and the Diocese of Oakland has already settled a number of of priest abuse cases involving Kiesle. So why is this a story? Perhaps because it contradicts what the bishops like to say when commenting on the priest abuse scandal-“that was a long time ago. We’ve moved beyond that and fixed the problem.” That’s convenient, it’s just not true. The Kiesle cases point to that fact. One of the latest Kiesle victims was abused as recently as 2001.