Archdiocese of San Francisco Releases Statement on Priest

Catholic San Francisco
July 12, 2008

On July 9, the Archdiocese of San Francisco sent the following statement to parish pastors and clergy:

A priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Reverend Jose Chavarin [59], has been recently accused of committing sexual abuse against several minors in the San Diego area in the 1980s.

On Friday, June 20, 2008, upon learning of these allegations involving minors, the Diocese of San Diego immediately notified the civil authorities and the Archdiocese of San Francisco. When confronted with the charges by the Archbishop of San Francisco, Father Chavarin denied any misconduct. He was placed on Administrative Leave and directed to remain in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

On Monday, June 23, 2008, the Archdiocese received a voicemail message that he had gone to Mexico (his native country) and would soon return. Presently, we do not know the whereabouts of Father Chavarin, but believe he is in Mexico. The Diocese of San Diego has alerted the police in San Diego to the situation.

In accordance with provisions of the U.S. Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth, the Archdiocese has established the position of Victim Assistance Coordinator, who may be reached at 415 614 - 5506.


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