Bishop apologizes for sex offender at Bay Area school festival

SAN JOSE — A Catholic bishop has apologized to worshippers for allowing a California registered sex offender to volunteer at a school festival last month.

Diocese of San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath told the St. Frances Cabrini congregation on Sunday that he takes full responsibility.

The San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/TSmHl3 ) says McGrath promised to make sure it wouldn't happen again.

Someone at the elementary school festival recognized 51-year-old Mark Christopher Gurries as a sex offender and reported it to an off-duty Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy who was working as security.

But Gurries wasn't arrested because he had a permission letter from the diocese.

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