San Jose: New revelations and frustrations in pedophile case at Saint Frances Cabrini

Marin Independent Journal

Frances Cabrini
Julia Prodis Sulek

SAN JOSE — As the Saint Frances Cabrini community tries to move forward from a recent uproar after a convicted pedophile was allowed to volunteer at a parish festival last month, new revelations and controversies continue to plague the Catholic church and school.

A lawsuit filed a week before the parish festival surfaced this week adding a second alleged victim from Saint Frances Cabrini of a former priest, the Rev. Don Flickinger. He lived at the church rectory there from 1995 to 2006 and was already the subject of another lawsuit filed last year accusing him of abusing a former student there.

The parish Men’s Club scheduled an “emergency meeting” Tuesday night to discuss “frustrations” about recent events and concerns about the resignation last week of the parish priest, who was criticized for his handling of the festival furor but still loved by many in the parish.

Also on Tuesday, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith made herself available at the school to answer questions from concerned parents. And on Wednesday evening, an open forum for parents organized by the Diocese and school will begin at 6:30 p.m. In a staff bulletin, Principal Jane Daigle told teachers and staff, “I do not expect any of you to attend unless you have a deep desire for more drama in your life. Please pray for us.”

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