San Jose, California –Catholic leaders in San Jose are working to improve transparency in regard to sexual abuse by priests within the Roman Catholic Church.
By mid-October, the names of priests in the city who is believed to have abused minors will be released.
The issue brought more attention in August. The grand jury report found that two Roman Catholic bishops in Pennsylvania helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children.
Those children were abused by more than 50 church figures across the state.
Pope Francis had a meeting with leaders of the American Catholic Church in Rome.
The case of sexual abuse including 12 boys at St. Martin of Tours church was in 1970, San Jose. The 12 survivors testified about their sexual abuse by Joseph Pritchard.
One of the survivors named John Salberg said he was abused since he was in the second grade. The abuse lasted for seven years.
He said even though it was 40 years ago, he could remember that day like yesterday. It took a decade for Pennsylvania grand jury to bring the issue of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church to light.
The diocese will release the names and statues of those credibly accused of abuse.
Actions by the diocese include three listening sessions that will seek input from parishioners and victims.
The internal investigation will be conducted by a former FBI executive. Salberg believes these actions will allow victims the opportunity to heal.