On March 8, 2022, my office received a credible allegation of inappropriate conduct by Fr. Percy Singco, MSP, Parochial Administrator of St. Patrick Parish in Weaverville. This allegation involved inappropriate conduct with an adult woman.
We take every allegation of this nature very seriously and act promptly to ensure the safety of parishioners and others with whom an accused priest may have been in contact. Accordingly, I removed Fr. Singco from ministry as of March 10, 2022, pending the outcome of an investigation into this matter.
The investigation has concluded. Fr. Singco was found to have violated diocesan policy regarding clergy conduct. He no longer has an assignment, nor does he have faculties in the Diocese of Sacramento. I have asked him to return to his order, the Missionary Society of the Philippines (MSP), effective today.
The laws of the Catholic Church and our Diocese are clear on this topic. We do not tolerate any conduct that abuses the sanctity of the relationship between a priest and the Faithful, and I will not allow anything to compromise the dignity or safety of parishioners, students or others who place their trust in our parishes, schools, and programs.
Let us pray for everyone involved in this sad and troubling matter.