Father Editho Mascardo Restored to Ministry in the Stockton Diocese
December 1, 2016
After allegations of inappropriate conduct against Father Editho Mascardo were reviewed, the Stockton Diocese has concluded that sexual abuse did not occur and has restored the priest to the ministry.
Bishop Stephen Blaire first released to the public on July 10, 2015 that the Diocese of Stockton had received an accusation of inappropriate conduct with a minor that occurred many years ago regarding Mascardo.
At that time, in accordance with the Charter for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Mascardo was placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.
After a thorough and extensive review, the Diocesan Review Board advised Blaire on May 23, 2016 that it “did not conclude that sexual abuse occurred.” The board recommended a path toward healing be considered to resolve the situation after listening to both parties. Blaire met with both on several occasions and on Dec. 1 reinstated Mascardo to active ministry.