(some documents spell his given name with a double L,i.e., Phillip Jacobs. It looks as though it should be Philip)
American priest. Ordained 1974 for the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. Known to have molested in the States. Taken into Diocese of Victoria, British Columbia by Bishop Remi de Roo. Now incardinated in Diocese of Victoria. Left 2002 when his past caught up with him publicly. Teaching in Saudi Arabia from 2007-2010. . Address listed in 2010 Canadian Catholic Church Directory that of the Victoria Diocesan Centre . Charged August 2010. Father Jacobs was out on bail pending trial. $25,000 surety was paid by a former parishioner. 25 February 2013: GUILTY to one count sexual touching. 04 September – five month conditional sentence and two years probation (the five months includes two months of house arrest)
-4 September 2013: Bishop Gagnon Statement regarding Father Phil Jacobs conditional sentence
Scroll down for media for past coverage
05 September 2013: BLOG That was the end of it
04 September 2013: BLOG Conditional sentence for priest convicted of sex offence in Saanich
04 September 2013: Saanich priest given conditional sentence for sexually touching teenage boy
04 September 2013: Conditional sentence for priest convicted of sex offence in Saanich
03 September 2013: Don’t hope for too much
(Picture Right: Father Philip Jacobs, February 2008, Saudi Arabia)
Please note that there is also an active blog thread here: Pictures of Father Philip Jacobs in Saudi Arabia: a tough life!
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27 September 2012: Bishop of Victoria re pending trial of Father Jacobs
Next court date: 04 September 2013: 10 am, Judge to render verdict on sentencing, Victoria BC courthouse; 19 July 2013: 10 am, Sentencing, Victoria, BC courthouse; 29 May 2013: 2 pm. Progress review to see if pre-sentencing and forensic psychiatric report are completed. If they are a sentencing date will be set, Victoria courthouse, Victoria, BC; 06 March 2013: to set sentencing date, Victoria courthouse; 25 February 2013: 09:00 am, Victoria BC courthouse, VERDICT to be rendered by trial judge ; 08-09 January 2013: final submissions from defence and Crown, Victoria, BC courthouse; 10 December 2012: TRIAL booked for two weeks, 10 am, Victoria courthouse; 13 November 2012: decision to be rendered on second voire dire ; 09 October 2012: 10 am – TRIAL – booked for 2 weeks, Victoria BC court house; 14 December 2011: to set a trial date for the BC Supreme Court, Victoria BC courthouse; 30 November 2011 2:00 pm., to set a trial date with the BC Supreme Court, Victoria, BC courthouse [adjourned to 14 Dec.]; [ Ordered to stand trial after about 21/2 days of evidence ] Courtroom 07 -10 November 2011 inclusive: Preliminary hearing, 09:30 am, Court room #201, Victoria courthouse, British Columbia); 03 October 2011: trial confirmation hearing (Victoria courthouse, British Columbia); 15 December 2010 (09:00 am for pre-trial conference, Victoria );17 November 2010(2 pm ,Victoria); 10 November 2010 (Victoria, BC) (six court dates prior to this)
Next court dates:
27 July 2012 Judgment on voir dire at 10 am, Victoria BC courthouse; 23 July 2012- 27 July 2012: voire dire, Victoria, BC courthouse – hearings conducted 23 & 24 July)
12 January 2012: preliminary investigation being conducted in Ohio re allegations of sex abuse in Ohio dating to the 1980s.
May 2002 (?): The gay-priest problem hits Victoria
Unless indicated otherwise the following dates and information are drawn from available Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD), media (M) and personal contacts (PC). Additional timelines will be added as information becomes available.
25 February 2013: GUILTY verdict to one count of sexually touching a young person while in a position of trust
10 December 2012: TRIAL starts
11 October 2012: start of voire dire – expected to take about four days
Trial was scheduled to commence 09 October. Two voire dires (trials within trials) were held. Trial commenced 10 December 2012. Verdict to be rendered 25 February 2013.
09 October 2012: TRIAL starts
10 or 11 August 2010: Bail surety of $25,000 paid by friend Bruce Lemire-Elmore from Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Conditions of bail include: surrender his passport and all travel documents; not to around persons under age 18; live in a home in Sooke, B.C. ; no contact with those who allege he abuse them; not to go near St. Joseph the Worker Church in Saanich where he once served.
04 August 2010: Arrested at Victoria BC airport on return from San Francisco – charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation and sexual interference in Canada. According to news reports – three alleged victims have come forward.
2007-2010: In charge of English department at Jubail University College, Saudi Arabia (internet and blog)
09 July 2010: charges approved. Canada-wide warrant issued for Jacob’s arrest (M)
2009: complaints to Saanich police which led to investigation regarding Jacob’s conduct at St. Joseph’s (M)
2007-2010: Teaching at Jubail University College in Saudi Arabia – did not tell people he is a priest (P)
around 2003 – 2007: Teaching at Charles University in Prague (P)
April 2002: Left Diocese of Victoria after word that he was a molester became public (an investigation was conducted in Saanich at the time – no charges were laid)
1998-2002: St. Joseph the Worker Church, West Burnside Road, Saanish (CCCD)
2000: seems he is now incardinated in the Diocese of Victoria, British Columbia (CCCD)
1999: Canadian Catholic Church Directory indicates incardination in Victoria with an asterisk, meaning incardinated outside Canada but practising his ministry in Canada. (CCCD)
1996-1998: St. Rose of Lima, Sooke (CCCD)
1996: Transferred to Diocese of Victoria, British Columbia. Bishop Remi de Roo aware that Jacob was a molester. Assigned to a parish – parishioners not told. (M)
mid 90s (93 ?) : “Treatment” after removed from Josephinum by Bishop James Griffin (following allegations of sex abuse of a minor) (M) Allegations not reported to police (according to diocesan spokesman this was at request of victims family).
1986-1993: taught philosophy at the Pontifical College Josephinum on the Far North Side (M)
date ?: vice rector in the College of Liberal Arts, Pontifical College Josephinum, the Far North Side seminary ( Columbus, Ohio) (M)
1986-1989: priest in residence at St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Westerville, Ohio (M)
removed from his position at the Josephinum after two men alleged child sex abuse by Jacobs in the late 70s (M)
1981-1986: Studies at Boston College (M)
1986: PhD Logic of Science, Boston College, Boston, MA (Jubail University College website) Lived at St Mary’s Parish in Brookline, Massachusetts while he studied and taught at Boston College. Said to have been ” loved by all.” filled the church, involved in all of the youth groups, and frequently travelled with the CYO. Reports that he gave the boys alcohol and had copies of Penthouse and Playboy around. (P)
1979-1981: St. Philip the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, East Side (M)
1980: MA Linguistic Analysis, Ohio State University (Jubail University College website)
1975-1979: St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church, North Side (M)
MEDIA coverage and blogs
20 August 2013: Ex-local priest faces sentencing for abuse
17 July 2013: Phil Jacobs scheduled for sentencing Friday
29 May 2013: Former Saanich priest to be sentenced in July
07 March 2013: Priest to be sentenced in early June
25 February 2013: Former Saanich priest guilty of sexual exploitation (CTV Vancouver Island) VIDEO
25 February 2013: BLOG A “guilty” on one
25 February 2013: BLOG A “guilty” on one
09 January 2013: Father Phil Jacobs can’t be believed, sex assault trial told
09 January 2013: Saanich priest’s actions not criminal, argues lawyer
21 December 2012: Testimony ends at Phil Jacobs sexual abuse trial
20 December 2012: Behaviour with boys not appropriate, Father Phil Jacobs says in court
19 December 2012: Saanich priest had to keep self in check, court hears
19 December 2012: Crown grills former priest on sexual compulsions around young boys
19 December 2012: Father Phil Jacobs trial expected to wrap today
18 December 2012: Columbus diocese urged to search for priest’s victims
17 December 2012: Priest admits U.S. abuse, but denies any crimes in B.C.
15 December 2012: Accused priest to take the stand
14 December 2012: Former friend testifies against accused former priest
14 December 2012: Ex-student uneasy about priest’s touch
13 December 2012: Priest’s sex talk distressing, trial told
12 December 2012: Witness testifies to alleged sexual abuse at Saanich church
12 December 2012: Priest touched genitals, witness says
11 December 2012: “Former altar boys recall being touched by priest” with VIDEO
11 December 2012: Catholic priest Phil Jacobs given Sooke post to avoid kids, court hears
10 December 2012: Trial begins for priest facing sex abuse charges (VIDEO – CTV Victoria)
10 December 2012: Sex assault trial starts for former Saanich priest
22 October 2012: “Philip Jacobs trial now set for December” & related article
11 October 2012: Ex-priest’s trial begins today
09 October 2012: Priest abuse case (CHEK TV Victoria, BC – 09 October 2012)
09 October 2012: BLOG Disclosure issues
09 October 2012: A woman’s past compels her to attend child abuse trial
09 October 2012: Sex assault trial starts for former Saanich priest
08 October 2012: BLOG Ocean front property
27 September 2012: Bishop Victoria re pending trial of Father Jacobs
12 January 2012: BLOG Reliable sources
08 November 2011: Priest faces hearing on sexual offences
06 November 2011: Court hearing to open into sex charges against ex-capital region priest
09 November 2010: That ‘sixth sense’
02 November 2010: BLOG Are there victims there?
07 August 2010: Ex Saanich priest hit with four sex charges
07 August 2010: Priest faces sex charges involving three children
Police receive stream of tips about priest in sex case
09 August 2010
By KATIE DeROSA
Saanich police have received numerous phone calls and visits from people with information about a former Saanich priest charged with sex offences.
On Friday, Saanich police announced that Father Philip Jacobs was charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation in relation to complaints by three witnesses under the age of 14. The alleged offences occurred between Sept. 1, 1996, and June 20, 2001, while Jacobs was a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Victoria.
Saanich police appealed to anyone with information about Jacobs to contact them and, since Friday, several people have come forward, police spokesman Sgt. Dean Jantzen said.
He would not say what information they provided or whether more alleged victims have been identified.
“[The tips] are in the hands of the investigators and they’re being acted on.”
Jacobs arrived on Vancouver Island from the U.S. in 1996, spending two years as a priest at St. Rose of Lima in Sooke. He then served as parish priest at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Saanich from 1998 to 2002.
Jacobs was hired as a priest even though the diocese was aware of allegations of misconduct while he served as a priest in Columbus, Ohio.
Bishop Richard Gagnon said last week that the diocese now has a tighter screening policy and Jacobs would not have been hired under the new standards.
Raymond Roussin, Victoria’s bishop from 1999 to 2004, said Jacobs was ruled out as a risk by experts, citing two psychiatric assessments. He said one was conducted after his dismissal in Ohio and a second one by the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development.
However, a spokeswoman from the ministry said they have no record of Jacobs being assessed.
Jacobs is still a priest, holding a “non-church occupation” in Europe.
He was released on a $25,000 surety put up by friend Bruce Lemire Elmore, a Sooke resident, according to court documents.
Under his bail conditions, the priest must report to a bail officer once a week and reside at a certain location.
Jacobs is not to attend St. Joseph the Worker parish. He also cannot be in the presence of anyone younger than 18 and is not to attend any place frequented by children younger than 14.
He had to surrender his passport and will not be allowed to leave Vancouver Island without permission.
His next court date is Sept. 2.
Priest charged with child sex offences; Kept on job despite earlier allegations of misconduct at an Ohio church
The Vancouver Province
08 August 2010
A Catholic priest from the U.S. who spent six years working in Sooke and Saanich has been charged with four sex offences in relation to three Greater Victoria children under the age of 14.
Father Philip Jacobs, 60, was arrested by Canada Border Services Agency personnel on Wednesday as he arrived at Victoria airport from San Francisco. He appeared in court yesterday and was released on a $25,000 surety.
Jacobs is charged with one count of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference and one count of sexual exploitation. The alleged offences occurred between Sept. 1, 1996, and June 30, 2001, according to court documents. They relate to while Jacobs was a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Victoria, Saanich police say.
The identities of the alleged victims are protected by court order. Police would not release the age or sex of the victims, other than to say they were all under 14 at the time of the alleged offences.
Jacobs served as parish priest at St. Joseph the Worker Church on West Burnside Road in Saanich from 1998 to 2002. Prior to that, he spent two years serving the St. Rose of Lima congregation in Sooke.
Jacobs resigned from his position at St. Joseph in April 2002 after information was made public that he was dismissed from a church in Columbus, Ohio, in the mid-1990s amid allegations of misconduct.
Saanich police began investigating Jacobs in 2002, but there was insufficient evidence to proceed with a charge, spokesman Const. Dean Jantzen said yesterday at a news conference.
However, in 2009, while Jacobs was living abroad, Saanich police received complaints against him that led to an investigation into his conduct as a priest at St. Joseph’s, Jantzen said. The investigation led to charges being approved on July 9, and a Canada-wide warrant was issued for Jacobs’s arrest.
Jantzen would not say whether any of the victims who sparked the 2009 investigation also complained in 2002.
At the time of Jacobs’s resignation in 2002, the then-bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Victoria, Raymond Roussin, indicated he had learned about the Ohio allegations in 2000.
He said the diocese kept Jacobs on as a priest because Jacobs had undergone two psychiatric assessments — one following his dismissal in Ohio and one by the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development — indicating he wasn’t a risk.
Roussin said the diocese also arranged for Jacobs to be monitored by two senior priests and two lay members of the church, see a psychiatrist regularly, and not to be alone with individual children.
Yesterday, Bishop Richard Gagnon said the diocese tightened its screening process for priests in 2005, and “under today’s standards, Jacobs would not have been hired by the diocese.”
Gagnon admitted the diocese “could have done more” for parishioners.
He said he was “shocked” when Saanich police informed him of the charges on Thursday. “I am truly sorry for any harm caused by this situation and the impact it has on all those affected. We truly understand the severity of sexual abuse and its effect on people’s lives.”
He said counselling is being provided to those who need it.
Gagnon said that Jacobs is still a priest but is holding a “non-church occupation” in Europe, and has made frequent visits to Victoria since 2002.
Saanich police are urging anyone with information on the case to come forward.
Priest sex abuse charges prompt more calls
Undated – around 09 August 2010
ATV Victoria http://www.atv.ca/victoria/4994_73398.aspx
SAANICH – Investigators say they are receiving more calls since word of sex charges against a former Saanich catholic priest surfaced last week.
Father Philip Jacobs is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation.
The allegations stem from Jacob’s time as the pastor at St. Joseph The Worker Parish.
When father Philip Jacobs walked out of jail Friday night the court placed him under strict conditions.
After surrendering his passport and all travel documents, he is ordered to live in a home in Sooke and not to be around anyone under the age of 18.
Jacobs is also to have no contact with the people who allege he sexually abused them, and he is not to go near St. Joseph The Worker Church in Saanich where he once served as parish priest until his resignation in 2002
Parishioners at his former church did not want to talk to /A\ News as they arrived for Sunday services.
In a letter read out at all catholic churches in Bishop Richard Gagnon wrote; “Sexual abuse of minors is not only a crime but like all forms of abuse, but goes directly against what the priesthood is and stands for. Such activity is totally inappropriate and cannot be tolerated and the news of these criminal charges is both sad and difficult for our catholic community”
As word of the charges spread Saanich police say people began showing up at their door.
But Saanich police acknowledge the investigation could be hampered by people who do not wish to talk about what they may have seen or experienced.
“Even if they don’t feel comfortable we ask them to talk to us” says Sgt. Dean Jantzen “Just talking might help as they could have seen something or know something that will help investigators”
The church is trying to move forward.
The diocese has hired a lawyer to help with the crisis and is also seeking divine intervention.
Bishop Gagnon told his flock on Sunday “With God’s help, we will move forward together and do our part in building up a more purified, trusting and loving community”.
Before that can happen, the courts may have something to say about the situation.
Father Philip Jacobs is scheduled to make his next appearance in a Victoria courtroom on September 2nd.
Embattled Priest Will Leave Diocese in Canada
Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
May 1, 2002
By Dennis M. Mahoney
(from Bishop Accountability database)
The Rev. Phillip Jacobs is quitting as a priest in British Columbia, where he went after being dismissed by the Columbus Roman Catholic Diocese for molesting a teen-age boy.
Bishop Raymond Roussin of the Victoria Diocese confirmed yesterday that Jacobs is resigning by mutual agreement.
“He obviously will not be able to function in a parish again,” Roussin said.
Jacobs, who has been staying at his mother’s East Side home since the story of his past surfaced over the weekend, could not be reached for comment.
But he issued a statement through the Victoria Diocese: “In view of the turmoil and anguish these revelations are causing in the parish and the diocese, and because the needs of the church are greater than any needs of any individual priest, I have agreed to resign my pastoral responsibilities.”
Jacobs had been pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Church in Victoria since 1996, two years after he went to the diocese, Roussin said. It is one of the larger parishes in the diocese, with several hundred families, he said.
“He was very efficient,” Roussin said. “He was dynamic in the sense that he brought people together in a way that had not been the case in that parish for years.”
Jacobs was appointed to St. Joseph by Bishop Remy De Roo, who retired in 1999.
Parishioners were told of Jacobs’ background this past weekend. Roussin said some were upset by the news.
Had parishioners been told of Jacobs’ past before his appointment, the bishop said, the appointment would not have occurred.
Roussin said he did not know whether Jacobs will seek to be removed from the priesthood.
Columbus Bishop James A. Griffin said last week that he dismissed Jacobs from the diocese after concluding he’d been guilty of “improper sexual touching of a person who was still a minor.”
He said there had been other complaints against Jacobs. In Saturday’s Dispatch, two central Ohio men — Doug Jacobs of Gahanna, a cousin of Phillip Jacobs’; and Tim Kreider of Westerville — accused the priest of molesting them in the late 1970s.
Griffin said that he had removed Phillip Jacobs from his teaching position at the Pontifical College Josephinum, the Far North Side seminary where he was vice rector in the College of Liberal Arts, and had him enter therapy.
The molestation was not reported to law-enforcement authorities at the request of the victim’s family, diocesan spokesman Tom Berg said last week.
Griffin said Jacobs received “a clean bill of health,” but he decided to not allow him to return to the diocese.
Jacobs applied to the Victoria Diocese and was admitted by De Roo. The Columbus diocese gave Jacobs’ records to the Victoria Diocese at the time, Griffin said.
Priest Accused of Molestations Now at British Columbia Parish
Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
April 27, 2002
By Dennis M. Mahoney
(from Bishop Accountability database)
A priest dismissed by Columbus’ bishop for molesting a teen-age boy is serving as pastor of a church in British Columbia.
The Rev. Phillip Jacobs, a Columbus native, was guilty of “improper sexual touching of a person who was still a minor,” James A. Griffin, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus, said yesterday.
When he found out about the incident in the mid-1990s, Griffin said, he removed Jacobs from serving at the Pontifical College Josephinum, the Far North Side seminary where he was vice rector in the College of Liberal Arts, and required him to enter therapy. He would not say where.
Tom Berg, diocesan spokesman, said that at the request of the victim’s family, the molestation was not reported to authorities.
Later, Jacobs was accepted to the Diocese of Victoria in British Columbia, and today he is pastor at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Victoria.
He was not at the church yesterday and could not be reached for comment. Victoria Bishop Raymond Roussin was out of town and unavailable to comment.
Additionally, two other local men — including a cousin of Jacobs’ — say they were molested by Jacobs in the late 1970s.
Gahanna resident Doug Jacobs, now 39, said that he was molested at a family cottage in 1976, two years after Jacobs was ordained.
Doug Jacobs said he never told anyone about the incident until 1996, when he reported it to his parish priest and to the diocese.
Tim Kreider, 35, of Westerville said he was molested by Phillip Jacobs several times in 1978 and ’79 while Jacobs was an associate pastor at St. Philip the Apostle Church on the East Side. He, too, said the incidents occurred at the Jacobs family cottage.
Griffin said there was more than one complaint about the Rev. Jacobs.
“As far as I remember, there were a couple of complaints and some other, I would say, reports of conduct that people thought were . . . unbecoming or imprudent on the part of a priest,” he said.
The mid-’90s report was the one complaint Griffin said he could verify and on which he based his removal of Phillip Jacobs. He said he did not know the exact age of the victim.
Parishioners at St. Joseph the Worker were shocked and incredulous yesterday when told of the allegations against their priest.
“It’s unbelievable,” said church volunteer Leo Van Dyk, who has known Jacobs since he joined the church in the late ’90s.
“I’m not going to dispute what happened back there, but it sure doesn’t show here. I don’t think you will find one person who will say anything adverse about him.”
In addition to teaching at the Josephinum from 1985 to ’94, Jacobs helped with Masses on weekends at parishes, including St. Paul Church in Westerville.
Jacobs received “a clean bill of health after the therapy, that a therapist thought he was not a danger,” Griffin said. “But I chose not to reassign him to the diocese.”
He said Jacobs found a position in British Columbia, applied for it and was accepted. The priest’s records were sent to the Victoria Diocese, Griffin said.
Bishop Blase Cupic, Josephinum rector at the time and now bishop in Rapid City, S.D., said Griffin told him in the mid-’90s that he was removing Jacobs so he could “go away for some assistance.” He knows no details about the removal, he said.
Cupic said he never received any complaints about Jacobs, whom he called “a wonderful teacher.”
Monsignor Michael Lapierre, chancellor of the Victoria Diocese, said Jacobs went there partly to work at the Center for the Study of Religion and Science at the University of Victoria.
Jacobs was accepted by then- Bishop Remi Deroo, said Lapierre, who added that Deroo and the diocesan personnel committee would have thoroughly reviewed the priest’s record.
Doug Jacobs, a first cousin of Phillip Jacobs, said he was 14 when the priest molested him.
He said his cousin invited him to spend a summer weekend playing golf in Granville and spending time at the cottage, at Buckeye Lake in Licking County. The cottage was owned by the priest’s family, Doug Jacobs said.
He said only the two of them were at the cottage. During the night, Doug Jacobs said, his cousin came into his bedroom and molested him.
He said his cousin told him never to reveal what happened, saying: “They’ll never believe you. I’m a priest.”
Doug Jacobs said he never told any relatives about the incident and that his relationship with his cousin was cold from then on.
“I believe it was because of the humiliation. There also was a sense of guilt on my part, thinking that even though I was only 14 and naive, I should have known better.”
In 1996, he said, he began having nightmares about his cousin.
He went to his parish priest at Church of the Resurrection in New Albany and told him the story, he said. The priest arranged for him to meet with the diocesan vicar at the time, Monsignor Joseph Hendricks.
Doug Jacobs said Hendricks told him that the diocese had had “numerous” complaints about Phillip Jacobs. He said Hendricks told him that the Rev. Jacobs had been in treatment at a Connecticut facility and that he would not be returning to the diocese.
Doug Jacobs, married with three young children, said the diocese paid for his therapy with a Northwest Side psychiatrist for more than a year.
Ironically, he said, his cousin officiated at his wedding in 1992. He allowed it, he said, because his family expected it.
Doug Jacobs said he doesn’t understand how his cousin still can be allowed to work as a priest.
“The fact that he’s standing up there as a representative of the church of Jesus Christ, and yet he’s got this dark side . . . How can you let an immoral man preach morality?”
Kreider, who is married and has two children, said Phillip Jacobs was very popular at St. Philip the Apostle and used to invite parish members to his family’s cottage. Kreider attended the parish school.
On four or five occasions, he said, the priest invited him to go to the cottage overnight. During those times, the priest molested him, he said.
He never told anyone, he said.
“There’s shame involved,” Kreider said. “And, God, my parents were in love with the guy.”
After he left St. Philip, he said, he occasionally encountered Jacobs during high school and college. There were no further incidents, he said.
Jacobs officiated at his wedding in 1990.
“I figured that’s what people would expect,” he said. “And I guess I hadn’t really come to terms with the idea that I was molested.”
In ’93, Kreider said, he saw news coverage about a priest involved in abuse and decided to tell his story to the diocese.
He said he met with Hendricks and Paul D. Ritter, the diocese’s attorney. Shortly after, he said, he received a letter from the diocese, stating that Jacobs had admitted molesting him, and a letter of apology from the priest.
Kreider said he did not want the incidents reported to authorities.
Hendricks, now pastor of St. Brigid of Kildare Church in Dublin, did not return telephone calls seeking comment.
Kreider said he has been in contact with officials in the Victoria Diocese and that they were “emphatic that they didn’t believe (Jacobs) was a danger.”
He said he wants the diocese to do “the right thing” and bar Jacobs from serving in a parish.
Jim Beatty of The Vancouver Sun contributed to this story.
American priest – Diocese of Columbus. Ordained 1974. Known molester. Molested several boys, including his cousin in the USA.