Community reacts to list of local clergy accused of sexual abuse

A list of suspected predator priests, released by the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, includes more than a dozen from the North State.

Posted: Apr 30, 2019 6:28 PM
Updated: May 1, 2019 8:30 AM

CHICO, Calif. - A list of suspected predator priests, released by the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, includes more than a dozen from the North State.

"Wow you wouldnt think that it would've happened right here," said Vince Haynie, a long-time resident of Chico. 

Haynie was shocked to learn that more than a dozen Catholic priests are on a list that includes suspected and convicted child predators.

"Obviously these men were influenced not by the Ten Commandments and there's more than that, they were influenced by another spirit," Haynie said.

The list names 44 priests, 17 of which are from the local area. 

"I know what the bible says about Satan," Haynie said. "He roams around like a roaring lion that means Chico's not off limits and Butte County's not off limits to the demonic influence." 

Father Chuck Kelly from Sacred Heart Church in Red Bluff said seeing the list affected him personally.

"It was sad to see some names of priests that I knew that I have worked with and that hurt," Kelly said.

Kelly said neighbors have already been calling and emailing him, concerned about their children and the future of Sacred Heart.

"We would like to have it black and white and I think people want to know how are you going to guarantee me that my child will never be hurt and my answer to that is you know we live in a fallen world and we can't guarantee this will never ever happen again so what we have to do is be vigilant forever," Kelly said. 

To view the full list of suspected predators, CLICK HERE

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