Lists of Accused Priests
Released by Dioceses and Religious Institutes
This page gathers the lists of accused priests (see below) that have been released by dioceses and religious orders, since the first such list was posted by the Diocese of Tucson on June 21, 2002. Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas  was co-adjutor bishop at the time, and the Dallas charter's goal of transparency was cited as the rationale for the release.
Cardinal William H. Keeler  released a list for the Archdiocese of Baltimore on September 25, 2002 and explained that he and the other U.S. bishops were making "an absolute commitment" to disclosure in order to earn forgiveness and rebuild trust – the church's "crisis of trust" was brought on, he wrote, by "horrible and criminal actions, and by inaction and secrecy."
Keeler was criticized by some for posting his list; one commentator wrote that he had "burnished his reputation by trashing the reputations of his priests." The Baltimore list was removed from the archdiocesan website before Keeler's retirement in 2007, and for a decade under his successors, Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien and Archbishop William E. Lori, it was unavailable there. The archdiocese recently – apparently in January 2016 – restored the list to their website in a supplemented version.
About 113 dioceses and 11 religious order provinces have released lists, to begin with often in compliance with the nonmonetary requirements of a settlement (see, for example, the bankruptcy reorganization plan of the Jesuits' Oregon Province), but more recently, after the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, voluntarily. The lists vary in completeness, and some are no longer online; we have cached copies of the lists, including the ones no longer available on diocesan websites. In the few cases where a list has not been released according to the terms of an agreement, there are still pressures and considerations of various kinds. It is illuminating, for example, to compare Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli's public letter about the original Wilmington diocesan list, as published in the diocesan newspaper, with the vicar general's letter to an accused priest about the release.
Scroll down to view our linked list of lists, or click on a diocese or religious order to hop directly to that list on the page below. This page was last updated on 3/4/19.
Partial Lists: Grand Rapids MI | Madison WI | Manchester NH | Orange CA | Portland ME | Venice FL |
The U.S. bishops and superiors of religious orders maintain highly detailed records of accused priests and religious, and their chanceries and provincial houses contain millions of pages of files documenting the abuse. Yet the general impulse to make some of that information public has come from outside the church. The first list of accused priests and religious was embedded in the index of Lead Us Not into Temptation, the fundamental 1992 history of the crisis by Jason Berry [number 1 in the photos above]. Berry's work was based on countless conversations with survivors, whose connections with each other – individually and through the organizations SNAP and The Linkup – enabled them to piece together the beginnings of a comprehensive list. Confidentiality clauses in settlements and other mechanisms were designed to keep survivors apart. Yet the victims of these deeply secret crimes gradually connected with each other and began to understand the connections among the abusers and enablers. In 1996, The Linkup released a list of so-called Fallen Catholic Clergy [2, with the late Rick Springer], compiled by Tom Economus and his colleagues. Attorney Sylvia Demarest and the volunteers of Survivors First pursued a similar goal, and their lists were the basis for BishopAccountability.org's database.
The releasing of lists of accused persons by about 70 bishops and religious order superiors (see below) is a very positive development. The pace of disclosure has increased since the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report. It is to be hoped that a complete list of accused U.S. diocesan and religious order priests will eventually be released, and that the U.S. list will then serve as a model for a global list. In order to achieve this goal, the church-released lists must go beyond information already publicly available. A simple statistic makes this need plain. So far, the U.S. bishops have counted 6,721 accused bishops, priests, and seminarians, but BishopAccountability.org's database contains only 3,883 names of accused persons in those categories. That means that by the bishops' own count, 42% of the 6,721 accused bishops, priests, and seminarians are not known to the public. The contingent and conservative nature of the current church lists may be seen from the following examples:
• After Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham  released a Grand Jury Report on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, including assignment histories of accused priests, Cardinal Rigali posted similar information on the archdiocesan site.
• After a 2003 SOL window in California made it possible for hundreds of survivors to file lawsuits alleging abuse by many Los Angeles priests, and the lead attorney for the survivors began posting a list of the accused, Cardinal Roger Mahony  released his own list of accused priests in early 2004. Mahony's list did provide useful information on the number of people accusing each priest, and a sequel offered assignment information and selective summaries of the files.
• Cardinal O'Malley of Boston [7, pictured with then-Cardinal Bergoglio, later Pope Francis] released a list of accused priests in August 2011, a positive step. However, he admitted that he had not included the 91 accused priests whose names were known to him but unknown to the public, and he also excluded religious order priests from his reckoning – although religious order priests have staffed scores of parishes and schools in the archdiocese, comprise nearly half the priest population, and have abused many children. The Boston Globe provided a list of 70 religious order and visiting clerics that the archdiocese had left off its own list. O'Malley's list is really the achievement of Boston survivors who came forward in the 1990s and 2000s, and especially of Gregory Ford [8, pictured with his father Rodney, his attorney Eric MacLeish, and mother Paula], whose lawsuit made public more than 130 priest files from the archdiocese.
• A list for the Seattle archdiocese, contained in a 2004 Case Review Board Report posted by the archdiocese in 2009 or 2010, provided the names of a mere 9 accused priests (the name of a tenth is redacted). But a 2006 press release counts 53 accused priests.
Several trends point to the release of additional diocesan and religious order lists in the future. More and more, survivors have insisted on a list as one of the nonmonetary conditions of a large settlement, because a list promotes healing among victims and helps prevent future abuse. In the Diocese of Joliet IL, survivor David Rudofski  demanded the files of accused priests as part of his settlement. The release of the files compelled the diocese to add names to its public list. Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli of Wilmington issued his list for the same reasons, after a suspended Wilmington priest was arrested for abusing a child out of state – the list would "help prevent or deter any further incidents" and "encourage victims of clerical sexual abuse to come forward and seek help." The Capuchin Province of St. Joseph cited similar reasons for its release of names, and in addition hoped that their approach would enhance community support of troubled brothers and hence lower the risk of reoffending. Lawsuits in Minnesota have demanded the release of diocesan lists as a public safety measure and have prevailed [10, attorneys Jeff Anderson and Mike Finnegan; and 11, Archbishop Harry J. Flynn and Archbishop John C. Nienstedt].
The U.S. bishops could decide to adopt the diocesan list as a best practice and could endorse the most effective features of the current lists. Those lists vary greatly in comprehensiveness and usefulness. Some provide assignment histories (e.g., Boston), photographs (e.g., Philadelphia), and information on allegations (e.g., Los Angeles). Some include religious order priests (e.g., Baltimore), many do not (e.g., Milwaukee). Some do not include priests who were accused after their deaths (e.g., Chicago).
As the Vatican works to globalize the abuse Norms developed in the United States, the U.S. bishops and superiors of religious orders could pioneer the next step in transparency by together issuing state-of-the-art lists for all dioceses and provinces in the United States.
Lists of Accused Priests Released by Dioceses and Religious Institutes
• Albany NY
• Alexandria LA
• Allentown PA – On 8/1/18, the Allentown diocese posted a list of priests credibly accused of abuse of minors, in anticipation of the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report. On 8/19/18 we cached a copy of the Allentown list.
• Altoona-Johnstown PA – On 5/3/16, Bishop Bartchak posted a list of 21 credibly accused priests, 1 accused deacon, and 6 priests who had been suspended from ministry after an allegation. We have cached a copy of that 5/2/16 list. An updated version of the list is dated 7/14/16; we have cached a copy of the 7/14/16 list. The 7/14/16 list does not add any new names, but it changes the status of 4 priests to "Deceased." Two of the priests were already dead (Boyle on 12/14/11 and Coleman on 3/12/14) when the original version of the list called them "Removed From Public Ministry" (Boyle), and "Laicized" (Coleman). The two other priests were Kovach (changed from "Removed From Public Ministry" to "Deceased"), and Luddy (changed from "Laicized" to "Deceased"). Kovach was alive as of 3/17/15, when he testified before the Grand Jury. Luddy was described as "currently in poor health and residing in New Mexico" in the Grand Jury report, which was released on 3/1/16.
The release of the Altoona-Johnstown list fulfilled a commitment made by Bartchak on 3/3/16, after a grand jury report was released on 3/1/16. The grand jury report discussed in detail the allegations against 35 priests. Bartchak lists 28. The 8 priests discussed by the AG but not listed by Bartchak are: Fr. Peter A.M. Bodenschatz, Msgr. Harold J. Burkhardt, Fr. Leonard Inman, Msgr. Thomas Mabon, Fr. Regis Myers, Fr. John Palko, Fr. Gerard Ream, and Fr. Benedict Wolfe. The 1 cleric listed by Bartchak but not discussed by the grand jury is Deacon Thomas Lemmon. The AG report states (p. 12, PDF p. 10): "The Grand Jury was able to document child sexual abuse by at least 50 different priests or religious leaders within the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown."
On 3/7/03, Bishop Joseph Adamec had issued a statement listing 13 accused priests. The list is still online, in a superseded but still-live diocesan website. We have cached a copy of Adamec's statement. The bishop was responding to a series of complaints filed by attorney Richard Serbin and media coverage of those complaints, especially in the Tribune-Democrat newspaper. The complaints had described allegations against a list of priests, in addition to the priest whose abuse was directly alleged in the complaint. The first complaint, Gergely, Hoover, and John Doe 1 v. Diocese of Altoona Johnstown, Bishop Adamec, and Bishop Hogan, was filed on 2/6/03. On 2/23/03, additional names were made public through the efforts of lay whistleblower George Foster. Adamec's list was an amalgam of the Serbin and Foster names.
On 3/1/16 a grand jury report detailed allegations against 35 Altoona-Johnstown priests, including some priests not publicly known as accused. As mentioned above, the report stated that the grand jury had documented allegations against 50 priests and religious leaders. Bishop Bartchak responded by stating, "I will publish a list of all priests who have been the subject of credible allegations, along with each priest’s current status. The list will be posted on our website." We have cached a copy of Bartchak's statement.
On 3/15/16, the grand jury released a presentment detailing allegations against 8 Third Order Regular Franciscans who had worked in the Altoona-Johnstown diocese. None of these men is included by Bartchak in his list, which is limited to diocesan priests.
• Arlington VA
GA – On 11/6/18 the Archdiocese of Atlanta published a "list of priests, deacons, seminarians and religious credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor," with an introductory page. We have cached a copy of the 11/6/18 list.
• Austin TX
MD – The Baltimore list was originally released by Cardinal William Keeler on 9/25/02 and explained in this letter. Each of the 57 names on the original list was linked to a separate page that provided an assignment history for the priest. The Baltimore Sun published the list verbatim, with names and assignments all conveniently displayed together on a single page. In addition to the list and the letter, Keeler also posted a statement of commitment, an explanation of the list, a summary of the costs of the abuse crisis in Baltimore since 1987, a schedule of listening sessions at nine parishes, and help for victim-survivors (including archdiocesan and states attorney phone numbers and links to SNAP). See media coverage and commentary on the list: 1 2 3 4 5 6. In his letter, Keeler stated that he and the other U.S. bishops were making "an absolute commitment" to disclosure in order to earn forgiveness and rebuild trust – the church's "crisis of trust" was brought on, he wrote, by "horrible and criminal actions, and by inaction and secrecy."
Keeler did not include in his list 26 priests and brothers whose allegations were received by the archdiocese after their deaths. "We have no reason to disbelieve the victims, however, we have determined not to disclose these names since we cannot question the accused." Notably, for each of the priests and brothers whom Keeler did include, brief information about assignments and allegations was provided. The assignment information included assignments that had not been listed in the Official Catholic Directory at the time of the assignment. In these respects, the list is superior to other diocesan lists.
In Bristol's DA Lists Names of Accused Priests (9/27/02), Michael Rezendes and Matt Carroll of the Boston Globe compared Keeler's list to a list that Sean O'Malley, then bishop of Fall River MA, failed to release. But Keeler was criticized by some for posting his list; one commentator wrote that he had "burnished his reputation by trashing the reputations of his priests." The Baltimore list was removed from the archdiocesan website before Keeler's retirement in 2007, and for nearly a decade the list and its supporting materials were not publicly displayed by Archbishop O'Brien or Archbishop Lori.
Then, apparently in January 2016, without publicizing his action, Archbishop Lori posted the Baltimore list again, in a different format, and with 14 new names appended, providing detailed accounts of some clerics accused since Keeler's list was released in September 2002. In April 2016, a glitch was fixed that had made it difficult to navigate from the archdiocesan homepage to the revised and reposted list.
The reposted list was publicly noticed for the first time in Baltimore archdiocese posts list of accused priests, by Alison Knezevich, Baltimore Sun (5/9/16).
The revised list has a serious flaw, still an issue as of 5/10/16. As mentioned above, each name on Cardinal Keeler's old list was linked to a separate webpage that provided brief information about the cleric's assignment history and allegations. It was not a convenient implementation, but the information was accessible. Archbishop Lori's list puts the assignment and allegation information in an HTML title tag under each name. When the reader mouses over the name, the information appears in a box. But the information cannot be printed, and if the information is of any length, some of it is not even visible in the box.
In order to make Archbishop Lori's revised list usable, we have extracted all the information from the title tags, using the HTML source code for the page, and assembled the information in viewable and printable form. We have also reformatted the information so that each assignment is bulleted.
Then we created an Excel spreadsheet with all the assignment information in sortable form, so that the list can be analyzed and understood more easily. The Excel sheet reveals that accused priests have worked in at least 94 Baltimore parishes. Many parishes were assigned numerous accused priests over the years. For example, according to the archdiocese's own assignment information, at St. Mark's parish in Catonsville, no fewer than 7 accused priests worked for a total of 38 person years. In total, according to Archbishop Lori's list, accused priests and brothers worked and/or resided for 1,261 person-years in parishes, high schools, and other facilities in the archdiocese.
Note that those data and Lori's reposted list do not include some priests and a brother known to have been accused: Deacon William Steven Albaugh, , Fr. Robert B. Cullen SJ, Fr. John Danilak (Byzantine rite), Fr. Thom Kuhl , Br. Xavier Langan FSC, Fr. Brian Keith Olkowski, and Antonio Jorge Velez-Lopez OFM Cap.
In his introduction, Lori states that "for greater context, the documents accompanying the 2002 disclosure can also be found at the links further below." The links are not provided below, but are accessible through the archdiocesan website's site map: Homepage > Site Map > Click "Expand All" > Under "General Information" Click Key Policies.
We have cached a copy of Lori's Key Policies page, which is revision of Keeler's Commitment to Action. But note that Lori's page, which quotes from Keeler's 9/25/02 letter, incorrectly links to a later letter by Keeler, a Fall 2003 "Letter from the Cardinal for Volunteer Services."
Lori's Key Policies page links to four documents, which we have cached:
• Cardinal's Letter [Fall 2003] - Incorrect link; should have been linked to Keeler's 9/25/02 letter
• A Public Accounting - A revision of Keeler's Explanation of List: A Public Accounting
• Financial Details - Apparently identical to Keeler's version, posted on 9/25/02
• Help and Healing - An updated version of Keeler's Help for Victim-Survivors, with SNAP contact information removed
• Baton Rouge LA
• Beaumont TX
• Belleville IL – On 12/19/18, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan linked from a press release to a Belleville diocesan list of "clergy removed from ministry," in connection with her Preliminary Findings of the Investigation into Catholic Clergy Sexual Abuse of Minors in Illinois, also dated 12/19/18. We have cached copies of the 12/19/18 Preliminary Findings, the 12/19/18 press release, and the list linked from the release. On the website of the Illinois Catholic Conference is a version of the list whose file name dates the version to 10/18/18. We have cached a copy of this 10/18/18 version of the list. The 10/18/18 version was apparently released in response to a complaint filed by attorney Jeff Anderson on 10/17/18. But AG Madigan observes: "The Dioceses of Belleville, Peoria, Rockford, and Springfield did not take the basic step of publishing a comprehensive list of clergy who had been “credibly” accused until the Office became involved. Even now, these lists, for the most part, remain difficult to locate on the Illinois Dioceses’ websites." The diocese disagrees, stating that "the names of all 17 removed clergy were posted on the Diocese’s website, www.diobelle.org/faith-formation/child-protection before the Attorney General’s investigation," but does not say when. A copy of that page was saved by the Internet Archive on 3/25/18. At that time, the page did not yet provide a link to the list of names. We have cached a copy of that 3/25/18 page.
• Benedictines of St. John's Abbey MN – This list was released on 12/9/13, shortly after the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis (see below) was ordered by a judge to release their list. We have cached a copy of the 12/9/13 list. In April 2011, St. John's had released an earlier version of this list in compliance with a settlement. That earlier list was sent to prep alumni in a letter dated 4/15/11 from Abbot John Klassen and two "Survivor Representatives in Resolution Process." An undated copy of the letter was posted on the abbey website in April 2011 and removed in Summer 2012. We link to our cached copies of the letters, obtained from Patrick Marker's BehindthePineCurtain.com, which offers useful analysis.
• Biloxi MS
• Birmingham AL
• Boston MA – We have cached the original main list posted on 8/25/11; the entire Publication With Respect to Archdiocesan Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Child as it existed on 1/9/13; and the 1/9/13 posting in its several parts: Cardinal O'Malley's introductory letter, the main list of accused priests, a glossary, the list of priests whose allegations are considered by the archdiocese to be unsubstantiated, O'Malley's letter to priests, and his letter to survivors. We have cached the list on the following dates (U indicates a caching of the "Unsubstantiated" list; dates without a U indicate a caching of the main list with its five categories).
O'Malley limited his list to diocesan clergy – no religious priests, brothers, or sisters were included. Nor were diocesan priests working as externs in Boston. For an analysis of this approach, see Many alleged abusers left off church list, by Michael Rezendes, Boston Globe (11/20/11). O'Malley also excluded from the initial list any priests who were not already known to be accused. Indeed, O'Malley admitted in his accompanying letter that "there are 91 names that are not being included on the lists published today."
In contrast, attorney Mitchell Garabedian has maintained a list on his website of all the priests who have been accused of abuse by clients he has represented. Periodically he announces the additions to his list, and we have researched the assignment histories of these newly accused priests. See our most recent page, with links to previous Garabedian additions. See also the Garabedian lists that we have cached: 1/24/11, 3/28/13, and 10/31/14.
• Bridgeport CT – This list is dated 12/31/15 but the PDF as posted was created on 2/1/15, and it is presented on the diocesan website by a letter from Bishop Caggiano dated 11/14. The letter states that the diocese " is re-promulgating its list" as the USCCB Charter "requires." The list itself cites the diocesan Policies and Procedures, Section 11.2, which " states that the Diocese will maintain a public record, including a website, that lists the names of diocesan priests and deacons who have been removed from ministry under this Policy." We have cached a copy of the 2/1/15 list; the 11/14 Caggiano letter; the 2003 version of the Policies and Procedures, as revised in 2007; a revision of the Policies and Procedures created on 12/2/14, included in a diocesan Handbook, and dated 2015; and Caggiano's letter and decree, both dated 11/30/14, presenting the Handbook. The diocesan list provides lists of assignments but not the years of those assignments. For that information on some of the priests, see the 12/3/14 list posted by the law firm of Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney.
• Brooklyn NY
• Brownsville TX
• Buffalo NY – On 3/20/18, the Buffalo diocese posted a list that identified "diocesan priests who were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. This list also includes deceased priests with more than one allegation made against them. The year of death is listed next to those who are deceased." We have cached a PDF of the 3/20/18 list, and a PDF that the diocese released to the news media. The list named 42 accused diocesan priests, 27 of whom had not been publicly named before as accused. On 2/27/04, Msgr. Robert J. Cunningham, Diocesan Administrator, had stated that the Buffalo diocese counted 53 accused diocesan priests, but had not provided names. For the 3/20/18 release of names, see Under Pressure, Buffalo Bishop Names 42 Priests Accused of Abuse, by Jay Tokasz, Buffalo News (3/20/18). See also the Chrism Mass Homily of Bishop Richard J. Malone. The 3/20/18 list provided no information besides names and death years. Assignment histories were not included; nor were the number or nature of allegations detailed, beyond the statement that deceased priests included on the list had more than one allegation. Moreover, the list as of 6/30/18 was still in the form of a press release on the website of Western New York Catholic, the diocesan newspaper; it was not on the diocesan website, which links to the press release from its main Protecting God's Children page.
On 6/28/18, the Diocese of Buffalo issued a press release called Update on priests placed on administrative leave. We have cached a copy of the 6/28/18 update. The update in effect adds three priests to the diocesan roster of accused, announcing that their allegations have been substantiated and sent to the CDF: Fr. Samuel J. Venne, Fr. Arthur J. Smith (both placed on leave on 4/23/18), and Fr. Dennis A. Fronczak (who was removed in 10/15, apparently with no diocesan announcement or explanation, and then publicly accused in a 6/17/18 article). As of 6/30/18, the Buffalo had not published a revised and consolidated list, incorporating these three additions.
The release also announced that another priest who had been removed, Fr. Dennis G. Riter, was being returned to ministry because allegations had not been substantiated.
The 6/28/18 release also announced that four more priests, not previously known to have been accused, had been put on leave while abuse allegations were investigated: Fr. Pascal D. Ipolito, Fr. Daniel J. Palys, Fr. Roy Herberger, and Fr. Robert A. Stolinski.
The release did not update the status of diocesan priests Fr. Fabian Maryanski (who was placed on leave 5/7/18 when an abuse investgation was reopened), or Fr. Mark J. Wolski (who was placed on leave on 5/31/18 for an abuse accusation). Also not accountedfor, as of 6/30/18, either in the list or the update, were the accused diocesan priests Fr. Robert P. Conlin (see 3/27/18 report on allegation); and Fr. Joseph A. Schuster (see 4/4/18 report on allegation).
• Camden NJ
• Capuchins – Province of St. Joseph MI – We cached a copy of this list and of the relevant pages of the report. The list was included in Michael Burnett, Fr. Thomas Doyle, and Dr. James Freiburger, Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph (June 18, 2013); a revised version of the report was created on 6/28/13, when a revised version of the executive summary was also created.
• Chicago IL – We have cached several versions of the report in its more recent landscape format, which includes a detailed "Action Taken" column, distinct from the "Status" column: 9/25/12, 10/8/13, 1/15/14, 1/30/14, 12/11/14, 3/25/15, 10/26/15, 10/26/16, and 11/28/18. The 1/30/14 version of the list is the first to display the date on which the list was updated. See also our cached copies
of the earlier portrait version of the list (numbers in parentheses indicate additions, subtractions,
and totals of priests with substantiated allegations, as shown on the list): 3/20/06 (+15=55; see Brachear
article for prior total); 9/15/08 (+7=62); 1/4/10 (+3–1=64); 1/14/10 (+1=65); 10/4/10 (same total as 1/14/10 but updated entries on Craig, Hagan, Hoder, Holihan,
Huppenbauer, Kissane, Mayer, McCaffrey, and Weston); 7/5/11 (same total as 10/4/10 but updated entries on Bowman, Flosi, Hoder, and
Kissane); 7/19/11 (downloaded 1/9/14). The Chicago list was first released on 3/20/06, when the archdiocese also released the Defenbaugh report (on archdiocesan handling of the McCormack and Bennett cases) and the Childers report (on monitoring problems). See Audit Says Archdiocese Botched Abuse Inquiry, by Manya A. Brachear and Margaret Ramirez, Chicago Tribune, March 21, 2006; and Cardinal: I Should've Done More, by Cathleen Falsani, Chicago Sun-Times, March 21, 2006. See also Cardinal Francis E. George's deposition, pp. 277 ff and 53-54.
• Christian Brothers – This list was originally created on 5/30/14, in compliance with Item 3 of the Non-Monetary Commitments of the bankruptcy settlement, and was posted on the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America website by 6/3/14. As per the Non-Monetary Commitments, the Christian Brothers posted the names of brothers included in the settlement "who are identified in at least two (2) Sexual Abuse Claims filed as proofs of claim (including proofs of claim for future claims)." We have cached copies of the original 5/30/14 PDF of the list, a 6/30/14 PDF (identical to the first version, but with a date of May 30, 2014 added at the bottom), a 1/15/15 PDF (with Br. J. Matthew Walderman added), and an 11/22/15 PDF that corrects the spelling of Br. Robert E. Beckstrom's name. We have also cached a copy of the Non-Monetary Commitments. Br. J. Matthew Walderman, previously known as Br. John M. Walderman, had been listed in the Christian Brothers' 1/10/14 Reorganization Plan as one of the brothers whose names were being withheld "pending completion of the Province's review of the Abuse Claims against them." Walderman pleaded not guilty in 1986 to charges of transporting a 17-year-old boy for prostitution and solicitation, and the charges were dismissed in 1987. But Walderman was again removed by the order when the 1986 allegation came to light in 2007.
• Cincinnati OH – We have cached copies of this status report: 2/7/06, 10/19/07, 6/6/09, 1/9/13, 2/22/14, and 1/27/16. When this list first appeared, by 2/7/06, it publicly named for the first time: Brunner, Cooper, Feldhaus, Kuhn, Pater, and Schoettmer.
• Columbus OH – This list was released on 3/1/19, with a letter from Bishop Frederick Campbell. We have cached a copy of the 3/1/19 list. It is a very basic list, providing only name, ordination year, and status for each priest. No assignment histories are included, and the alleged abuse is not described. A footnote acknowledges that the recently accused Msgr. Thomas Bennett is not on the list; nor are Fr. James Csaszar, Br. Robert E. (Paul) Hayden LBGS, or Br. Fintan Shaffer LBGS. But the list does publicly state for the first time the names of 15 priests accused of abuse whose identities were not known before:
|• Fr. Hector Bellinato PIME
• Msgr. Harry Estadt
• Fr. Kenneth France-Kelly OP
• Fr. John Geiger
• Fr. Louis Hoffman
• Fr. Robert Hunt CPPS
• Deacon James Hutson
• Fr. Timothy Keane SSCC
|• Fr. Robert Luchi
• Fr. Bernard McClory
• Fr. Robert Schmidt
• Fr. Ted Spires
• Fr. Alan Sprenger
• Fr. John Tague
• Fr. George Tumeo
• Corpus Christi TX
• Crookston MN – This list was originally released at the request of the Grand Forks Herald. See Crookston Diocese Releases List of Accused Priests, by Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald (1/24/14). We have cached the 1/24/14 list. On 3/26/14 the diocese created a revised list, adding Rev. Othman Hohmann OSB. We have cached the 3/26/14 list. On 10/23/14, the diocese created a revised list that included Rev. Gerald Foley; we have cached a copy of the 10/23/14 list. On 9/21/17, the diocese released a statement about two Benedictines, Fr. Casimir Plakut OSB and Fr. Augustine John Strub OSB, who had been named by St. John's Abbey on 9/18/17 as accused. (We have cached the 9/21/17 statement.) Crookston added Plakut and Strub to the diocesan list, but did not specify where the priests had been assigned. St. John's had stated that Plakut's Crookston assignments were in Detroit Lakes and Naytahwausch, and that Strub's Crookston assignments were in Naytahwausch and Callaway. In addition, St. John's stated that Plakut had worked in towns of the Duluth and St. Cloud dioceses, and that Strub had worked in towns in the Duluth diocese. As of 9/28/17, the Crookston diocese had two versions of its list on its website, one created on 9/21/17 that includes Plakut and Strub, and one modified on 3/26/14 that does not. We have cached the 9/21/17 and 3/26/14 lists. Both of those lists no longer include Fr. Gerald Foley. He had been added to the list on 10/23/14, but has since been deleted from the list. As of 9/28/17, the Crookston diocese's Reporting Abuse page links to the list that does not include Plakut and Strub, and no longer includes Foley.
• Crosier Fathers and Brothers – We have created a web version of the Croziers' 3/7/14 list, and we have cached a printable PDF version, because the first version of the list (which we have also cached) had security restrictions that prevented printing. We have also cached another version of the list, a PDF created on 2/3/15 but dated 11/14 in its file name. We've also cached two versions of a 3/6/14 press release by Lisa Cassidy about the list: a revision dated 7/28/14 and another revision dated 11/3/14. The earlier release includes a quote that "the last occurrence of abuse took place more than 20 years ago." The later version revises that statement to read "25 years ago."
A revised version of Cassidy's statement was posted on 1/27/17, containing a link to a revised version of the Crosiers' PDF list of credibly accused. We have cached copies of the 1/27/17 statement and list. The 1/27/17 list does not include Fr. Kenneth M. Opat OSC as credibly accused. As of 6/7/17, the 1/27/17 list was the version of record. According to a 5/4/16 Crosier statement, the Crosiers received word on 5/2/16 of a lawsuit alleging that Opat had sexually abused a minor.
In 6/02 the Crosiers had hired the Minneapolis law firm of Faegre & Benson to review the order's abuse cases and files, after revelations regarding alleged abuse by Bro. Gregory Madigan in 5/02. On 10/8/02 the order released materials on cases and policies, and a list of eight clerics restricted because of abuse allegations. Earlier a newspaper report had stated that eleven Crosiers had been accused of abuse. Media coverage 1 2 provided the names of the eight, but the Crosiers' online materials appear not to have included the names, and the order appears not to have posted the names since. See also media coverage later in 2002 and the Crosiers' reply 1 2.
• Dallas TX
IA – This table has been updated periodically by the diocese. We have
several cached versions: 7/14/08, 5/21/09, 7/6/12, 11/2/12, 2/23/16, 6/16, and 10/8/18, as well as Bishop
Franklin's 2/25/04 report and the report with our commentary. On August 21, 2012, the Bankruptcy Court ordered the diocese to add three new priests to its list. The diocese did its own investigation, and "found that the allegations were not
substantiated by clear and convincing evidence, a more rigorous standard [than preponderance of the evidence] always utilized with
deceased priests because they are not alive to defend themselves." The diocese listed the three priests separately on its site, in a file entitled Court-Ordered Listing, instead of including them in its List of Credible Allegations Against Priests, Brothers and Lay Employees. We have cached a 9/5/12 copy of the Court-Ordered Listing.
MI – We have cached the reformatted and updated status reports as of 1/10/13, 1/27/14, 2/15/16, and 4/4/16, as well as the 11/02, 4/09, 10/09, and 5/10 status reports. We have also cached news releases and other materials to which the archdiocese's list is or has been linked: Baker (with Kurtz, McNeely, and Williams), Cain, Conlon, Grandpre, Farris, Kurtz, Murray, O'Dea, Richey, Roth (with the OSFS abuse policy), Schulte, Walsh, West, and (on 3/28/16) Lauinger.
IA – The table has been updated periodically by the archdiocese. We
have cached several versions: 2/21/06, 9/22/06, 4/20/09, 4/26/10, 7/15/12, 8/1/13 and 9/13/18; see also our webpage
collating the two 2006 versions.
• Duluth MN – As of 3/25/14, the diocesan homepage provided links to the list as revised on 3/19/14 and related materials. We have cached the list that was originally released on 12/31/13, and that list separately and together with related pages as they existed on the diocesan website on 1/6/14: homepage, sexual misconduct page, list, statement by Bishop Sirba, disclosure Q&A, Charter Q&A, and glossary of terms used in the John Jay study. We have also cached the 2/20/14 revision of the list that added two names: Conlon and Porter; and the list as updated on 3/19/14 to include Rev. Urban Schmitt OSC, after the Crosiers included him in the list that they released on 3/7/14. We have also cached two other versions, created on 12/3/15 and 12/9/15, which added other accused priests to the Addendem [sic], including accused priests listed on 7/6/15 by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate under the nonmonetary terms of a settlement.
• El Paso TX
• Erie PA – The Erie diocese released its list on 3/6/18 along with Bishop Persico's statement, Communications Director Anne-Marie Welsh's statement, and a revised diocesan abuse policy. We've cached copies of the list, Persico's statement, Welsh's statement, and the revised policy. On 5/18/18, the diocese updated the list, adding a layperson (Mr. Randolph A. Byrd) and five priests (Fr. Barry M. Hudock, Fr. Patrick B. Vallimont, Fr. Kevin E. Cray SDS, Fr. Fidelis G. Lazar OSB, Fr. Andrew W. Pawlaczyk). We have cached a copy of the 5/18/18 list. On 7/18/18, the diocese announced updates to the list. The new names were: Charles R. Cooper, Fr G. Matthew Daly, Msgr. James Hopkins, Msgr. Louis Lorei, Vincent “Vance” Valentine, Jonathan Borkowski, and Fr William A. Rice. We have cached a copy of the 7/18/18 announcement and the resulting 7/18/18 list.
• Evansville IN
AK – We have kept a cache of this page saved on 2/7/12, and another version saved on 2/15/16 that adds two priests, Rev. John Baud and Rev. Clint Landry, and also increases the number of allegations noted for some priests. The number of allegations against Landry is not specified. By adding the number of "reports" of abuse, the diocese improved the original list prepared during the bankruptcy proceedings. We have cached on our site a copy of that original bankruptcy list, consolidating two files 1 2 posted on the diocesan site on 12/29/09 and linked from a page providing other documents relating to the diocese's bankruptcy filing. We have also cached all the bankruptcy documents that were provided on the diocesan site.
• Fort Wayne-South Bend IN – The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend released a list of credibly accused priests on 9/18/18. We have cached a copy of the 9/18/18 list.
Worth TX – This list with assignments of "priests with allegations
with semblance of truth," posted on the diocesan website as of 2/16/16, was created by the diocese on 2/5/15. We have cached five versions of this
and 3/30/07; 12/11/09; 11/22/10; 7/18/13; and 2/5/15. The 2009 and 2010 lists appear to be identical.
• Gallup NM and AZ – The Diocese of Gallup released its list on December 15, 2014, while its 11/12/13 filing for bankruptcy protection was in process. The diocese initially posted a version of the list without assignment histories for 11 of the 31 accused persons. Our cache of Gallup's initial page was collected on December 16, 2014. The diocese updated the page to provide those assignment histories, as well as a Spanish translation of the bishop's letter. The revision also corrects the entry for Carl Todaro, who was a seminarian, not a priest, as previously stated. We cached the diocese's revised list as a PDF on 1/6/15 and as a webpage with convenient navigation on 2/28/15. Nine persons on the diocese's list were not previously known as accused: Baz, Coutu, Messier, Newton, Runnebaum, Schreiber, Todaro, and Viramontes. The last name of the priest identified incorrectly on the list as Fr. Lucien Meurnier was Meunier. He was a Canadian priest who appears in the Tucson list as Rev. Lucien Meunier de la Pierre, and was also known as Lucien-Luc Meunier and L. Luke Meunier. The Gallup list does not include some accused persons whose allegations were already known publicly. See Some Names Not Included on Diocese Abuser List, by Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola, Gallup Independent, December 23, 2014. We also cached the page on 2/16/16, by which time the status of six priests had been changed to "deceased" since our previous cache on 1/6/15. A date of death is not provided, so it is not clear whether these six priests all died in the last year, or whether the list has simply been made more accurate. The priests are: Baz, Clark, Messier, Murphy, Newton, and Roper. On April 28, 2017, the diocese updated the list, adding Fr. Ephraim Beltramea OFM, Fr. Diego Mazon OFM, and Bro. Mark Schornack OFM. We have cached a copy of the 4/28/17 list.
• Galveston-Houston TX
• Gary IN – In late August 2018, the Diocese of Gary posted a link to a list of "Priest Offenders." The PDF of the list was created on 8/27/18, and the diocesan spokesperson discussed the list on 8/28/18, as reported in Diocese of Gary names 10 former priests it found guilty of 'credible actions of sexual molestation of minors', by Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune (August 29, 2018). Above the list on the homepage was posted a link to Bishop Donald Hying's Statement on Recent Reports of Sexual Abuse in the Church, which is dated 8/15/18, but the PDF of the statement was created on 8/29/18. The statement pertains to Rev. Raymond Lukac, who was identified publicly for the first time in the PA GJ report as an accused priest. The report discusses an allegation that Lukac abused a girl in the Gary diocese. Bishop Hying's statement explains that the Gary review board "concluded that there was insufficient evidence to affirm credibility" of the allegation. Lukac is not included in Hying's list of "Priest Offenders." We have cached copies of the 8/27/18 list, the statement, and the look of the diocesan homepage on 9/4/18.
• Gaylord MI – On 11/14/18, WWTV reported that the Diocese of Gaylord had posted a list of accused priests. We cached a copy of that list on 11/16/18. Google had cached a copy of the list on 11/10/18. WWTV also included in their video report images of a diocesan memo to its priests and staff, stating that "we are not notifying the media regarding this posting at this time and do not want you to make any kind of announcement." We have transcribed the memo as it was shown in the video. The Gaylord diocesan list contained 10 names, of which 4 were already known as accused. The 6 "new" names were: Fr Lionel Harnish, Fr Benedict Marciulionis, Fr Terrence Raymond, Fr Robert Gordon Smith, Fr Laurus Rhode OFM, and Fr Leo Olschaysken O Praem. (Rhode is a Franciscan priest; Olschaysken is a Norbertine.) In addition, Fr. John Tupper, who is known to have been accused by at least two persons, was not included in the Gaylord diocesan list. The Gaylord list named 8 diocesan priests, but in 2004, then-Bishop Cooney counted 10 accused diocesan priests.
• Great Falls-Billings MT – On 8/21/18, the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings posted on its website, in compliance with the Non-Monetary Commitments of the bankruptcy settlement, a list of "accused priests/sisters." We have cached a copy of the 8/21/18 list, downloaded on 12/17/18.
• Green Bay WI
• Greensburg PA – On 8/14/18, the Greensburg diocese released a list of clergy with credible and substantiated allegations against them, in anticipation of the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report. We cached a copy of the 8/14/18 list.
• Harrisburg PA – On 8/1/18, the Diocese of Harrisburg posted a list of clergy and seminarians accused of sexual abuse of a child. On a Youth Protection website separate from the Diocese of Harrisburg website, a brief statement by Bishop Ronald W. Gainer prefaced links to 1) a description of the diocese's Youth Protection Program (effective 8/15/18), 2) a statement by Gainer on child sexual abuse, 3) a statement by Gainer releasing survivors from confidentiality clauses in settlements, 4) the list of clergy and seminarians accused of child sexual abuse with a letter explaining the list, and 5) Gainer's decree that anyone accused of child sexual abuse will have his name removed from any diocesan position of honor, and that the names of all Harrisburg bishops who served from 1947 will be removed from all buildings, facilities, and rooms. We've cached copies of these 8/1/18 documents (1 2 3 4 5) and also a copy of the introductory page. Bishop Gainer's release of the Harrisburg list came a week before the August 8, 2018 date set by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for the release of the redacted 40th Grand Jury Report, unless there are objections to the special master's redactions. The Supreme Court noted in its order that the report depicted "more than 300 clergymen as 'predator priests'" – Gainer includes 71 names on his list, 47 of whom were not previously known to be accused. For Gainer's unusual building decree, see Pennsylvania Diocese Orders Removal of Former Bishops’ Names from Church Buildings, by Laurie Goodstein, NY Times (8/1/18).
• Hartford CT
• Helena MT – On 4/29/15, the Diocese of Helena posted a list of accused perpetrators, in compliance with the nonmonetary terms of the 3/4/15 Reorganization Plan in the diocese's bankruptcy proceedings. We have cached a copy of the 4/29/15 list.
• Houma-Thibodaux LA
• Indianapolis IN – On 10/12/18, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis posted a "list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of [a] minor or young person". The list included two priests with "a single claim deemed credible which involved a vulnerable adult, age 18, who was an adolescent when at least the emotional aspects of the relationship began." The archdicoese also separated out four priests accused of abuse by single accusers after the priest's death. The archdiocese states that the "Archdiocesan Review Board recommended, out of an abundance of caution and transparency," that the four be listed. More than half of the names on this list (15 out of a total of 29) were not previously know to be accused. We have cached a copy of the 10/12/18 list.
• Jefferson City MO – On 11/8/18, the Diocese of Jefferson City released a list of "priests and religious brothers credibly accused and/or removed from ministry" in the diocese, along with a statement by Bishop McKnight and a packet comprising the list and related materials. We have cached copies of the 11/8/18 list, statement, and packet. The diocese updated the list (with changes indicated in red) on a new version of the list dated 12/16/18. The revision contained two new priests names: Fr. Don Greene and Fr. Mel Lahr. We have cached a copy of the 12/16/18 revised list.
• Jesuits – Central and Southern Province – This list for the consolidated Central and Southern Province of the Jesuits was released on 12/7/18. The publication comprised a list, a FAQ, and a statement by Fr. Ronald A. Mercier SJ, the provincial, with an introductory page that linked to them. We have cached copies of the 12/7/18 list, statement, and FAQ. We also cached a copy of the 12/7/18 introductory press release.
• Jesuits – Maryland Province – On 12/17/18, the Maryland Province released lists of Jesuits with "credible or established offenses against a minor"; see Reports 1 2 3 4. They also released FAQs and a letter by the provincial, Fr. Robert M. Hussey SJ. We have cached copies of the 12/17/18 Reports 1 2 3 4, as well as the announcement page, the letter, and the FAQs.
• Jesuits – Midwest Province – On 12/17/18, the Midwest Province released a list of "Jesuits with an established allegation of sexual abuse of a minor." We have cached copies of the 12/17/18 list and the announcement page, with a letter from the provincial, Fr. Brian G. Paulson SJ.
• Jesuits – Oregon Province – This revised list, created by the Province on 3/13/15, was one of the nonmonetary commitments in the bankruptcy settlement. The Third Modified Joint Plan of Organization, as originally posted is still online, but its links are broken. At the current location, the Plan links to a version of the list as revised by the Province on 3/13/15. We have cached the list as it was on 7/5/13 and also the 3/13/15 revision. In the latter version, one name has been deleted: Thomas Connolly SJ. We also cached the linked Third Modified Joint Plan on 7/5/13. As of 2/16/16, the province still had the 3/13/15 version live on its site.
• Jesuits – West Province – This list for the consolidated West Province of the Jesuits, which includes the old Oregon Province territory, was released on 12/7/18: a list with assignment histories, a FAQ, a letter from the provincial, Fr. Scott Santarosa, and a summary. Links to Spanish versions of these pages were provided on the web version of Santarosa's letter. We have cached copies of the 12/7/18 list, FAQ, letter, and summary.
IL – This list has been updated periodically by the diocese. We have
cached seven versions: 4/9/06, 6/18/08, 11/14/11, 3/22/12, 3/12/13, 10/12/16, and 12/18. The 3/12/13 list was posted shortly before the court-ordered release of diocesan documents (see Chicago Tribune 3/21/13), and the revised list added six accused priests not previously known publicly but soon to be identified in the document release: Revs. Andrew Buczyna, Paul Dinan, William Dugal III, John Malzone, James Storm, and Oliver Walsh. In addition to those priests, four priests appeared on the diocesan list for the first time in its 3/12/13 version, though their accusations had been previously known (year of first public allegation is provided in parentheses): Revs. James Burnett (2006), James A. Nowak (2012), F. Lee Ryan (2010), and William D. Virtue (2006). We have also cached the list created on 6/4/15, which was the version still posted live on the diocesan site as of 2/16/16. The 6/4/15 list adds Rev. Gerald Simonelli, who was not previously known to be accused, and it adjusted the status of several others. Rev. Anthony Meis and Rev. Carroll Howlin died in 2015, and Rev. James Nowak's canonical process was apparently completed. Nowak's name was moved up to the main list. Subsequently, there have been at least two iterations, 10/12/16 and 12/18.
• Kansas City KS
• Lafayette IN – On 11/8/18, the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana published in its newspaper, Catholic Moment, a list of priests with "substantiated allegations" We have cached a PDF of the 11/8/18 list.
• Las Cruces NM – On 11/8/18, the Diocese of Las Cruces published a list of "priests and religious credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors who have served within the current territorial boundaries of the diocese of Las Cruces." The list was also published at a slightly different URL. We have cached a copy of the 11/8/18 list.
• Little Rock AR – On September 10, 2018, the Diocese of Little Rock released a list of "clergy for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, substantiated or determined or considered to be credible." In addition to the list, which provided status, victim information, and assignments, the diocese released a letter from Bishop Anthony B. Taylor and a FAQ page. Taylor stated that the diocese had retained Kathleen McChesney's Kinsale Management Consulting to review diocesan files, after which the list will be undated. Kinsale will also assess the preformance of bishoips and superiors of religious orders. We have cached copies of the 9/10/18 list, the Taylor letter, and the FAQ.
Angeles CA – On 2/17/04, Cardinal Mahony released a list of 211 named clerics accused in the Los Angeles archdiocese, as an Appendix to his Report to the People of God, which counted (as opposed to naming) 244 accused. On 5/17/04, the list was removed from the archdiocesan site, as stated in a second errata sheet released by the archdiocese. A third errata sheet stated that the list and the three errata sheets could be requested from the archdiocese via snail mail. The complicated history of the Los Angeles archdiocesan lists, and their publications and removals from the archdiocesan website, is detailed below.
On 12/6/18, the archdiocese released an update and supplement to the various lists it had published over the 14 years previous, but still did not post online the lists that it was updating. We have kept copies online of those lists:
- Original list: the appendix to the Report to the People of God (2/17/04)
- Errata Sheets 1, 2, and 3 (2004)
- Addendum Version 1 (10/12/05) and Version 2 (11/15/05)
- Final Addendum (dated 2008, but PDF created 1/31/13)
The archdiocese's 12/6/18 update was published as a Consolidated List noting the current status of all the priests and brothers originally listed in those seven previous lists, without posting the lists themselves. We've cached a copy of the 12/6/18 Consolidated List. The Consolidated List was described as presenting the "current status" of "persons named in the Report to the People of God through 2008," but in fact, the list from the original Report to the People of God and the various additional names were never collated and consolidated into a public revision of the Report to the People of God. Indeed, the Report and the various additions have been and remain unavailable on the archdiocesan site, though they are available here, at the links above.
The Consolidated List included one name not included on any of the other lists, Fr. Ruben Abaya, who had been publicly known since the 1980s as accused, but had never been listed by the archdiocese.
The status noted in the Consolidated List was very brief. Each priest and brother had one of these after his name: Deceased [with no date], Lay State [with no date], Retired/No Faculties to Minister [with no date], Left Archdiocese [with no date and no whereabouts], Exonerated/Retired/Full Faculties to Minister or Exonerated/Full Active Ministry [with no account of the exoneration], Inactive, Lay State (Excommunicated) [with no date or explanation], Left Order [with no date or explanation], Active Service, and Unknown
On 12/6/18, the Los Angeles archdiocese also posted a 2018 Update listing allegations reported to the archdiocese 2008-2018 regarding priests not listed in previous updates. We have cached a copy of the 12/6/18 2018 Update.
As of 12/13/18, the Los Angeles archdiocesan website provided the following lists: the bare-bones Consolidated List noting the current status of accused through 2008; the 2018 Update listing priests accused 2008-2018; and a list of the accused whose files were released on 1/31/13 by the archdiocese under the nonmonetary terms of the 2007 settlement, with links to those files.
The history of the Los Angeles list, its deletion from the archdiocesan website, and its replacement with an even more incomplete and much less detailed list, albeit backed by 11,756 pages of clergy files, and the lists' update in 2018, is a complicated one. Our brief history of the LA list, provided below, is based on cached copies of the list that we have saved over the years, and on copies of the list preserved by the Internet Archive. The record of the Internet Archive appears to have been adjusted and modified. There are gaps in the record, PDFs that no longer load, and links that are redirected to different pages or different states of the requested page. Hence the following assessment is a provisional reconstruction of the Los Angeles list's history.
1) Report with List: Cardinal Mahony first released his list of 211 accused as an Appendix to his 2/17/04
Report to the People of God. See media reports on the initial publication of the Report. In all copies we have obtained, the list is labeled in a footer "Rev: 2/18/2004," although the report to which it is an appendix is dated 2/17/04. Several factors appear to have influenced Mahony's decision to issue a list. The pressure to identify accused priests had already been evident in Mahony's leaked emails from 3/02, and the 8/18/02 LA Times report had included a list of 34 accused, reminiscent of the Boston Globe's 1/31/02 list of convicted and accused. In 2003, many suits were filed in CA during the SOL window, and attorneys at Kiesel, Boucher and Larson maintained an online list of accused priests (see an example created by KBL on 6/9/03 and posted on their website). At the same time, Mahony was completing detailed surveys for the John Jay College describing each accused LA priest and his victim(s). The USCCB encouraged its member bishops to issue their own reports, based on the surveys they had submitted, and many of them did. A few of those reports provided lists of accused priests; for example, Toledo released a list, and Tucson updated theirs.
Mahony's list was extensive and is unique among bishops' lists in counting the accusers of each cleric and providing "incident dates" during which the alleged abuse was committed. These data were later used to create a 2007 chart showing the number of perpetrators accused of abuse in a given year and mapping that data across the periods that Mahony and his predecessors were archbishops in LA. Unlike the JJC effort, which was limited to 1950-2002, Mahony's list covered 1930-2002, thereby expanding the context of Mahony's years in LA and increasing the denominator of total priests. When clergy files were released in 2013, under the terms of the 2007 settlement, excerpts from the archdiocese's Confidential Database were among the files made public (see pages from Fr. Nicolas Aguilar Rivera's database record). Clearly, Mahony's chancery maintained highly detailed records about accused priests, victims, and allegations – crucial information in any future state-of-the-art lists.
2) Errata Notices: In the year following the release of the Report to the People of God, three errata notices were issued (1 2 3), which named 10 more accused clerics and provided information about them. In one version of the Report to the People of God, created in late 2005 and preserved by the Internet Archive in early 2006, the errata notices were appended to the end of the Report. The Errata were also repackaged with a discussion of false allegations and posted as a webpage entitled Appendix and Errata; the Internet Archive preserved an example of this on 2/23/06. But the revisions and the new entries provided in the Errata were never integrated into the main list, so that the entire list could be consulted and maintained.
3) Addendum: On 10/12/05, the archdiocese issued an Addendum to the Report to the People of God, naming 26 more accused clerics and providing information about them, in the same format as the original list in the Report. On 11/15/05, the archdiocese issued a revision of the Addendum, adding one more name, to make 27 accused, and correcting some missed redactions of a survivor's name. This Addendum also provided selective summaries of the files of accused clerics, based on "proffers" submitted by the archdiocese in the settlement process. The Internet Archive shows that the Addendum was still accessible on 8/12/07, but it has not been available on the archdiocesan website for some time. For more information on the Addendum, see our Notes to the Addendum, our Example of the Rev. Lynn Caffoe File, and Details on 11 Priests Missing in '04 Report, by Jean Guccione and William Lobdell, LA Times (4/20/06). In 2005-2007, a website (www.la-clergycases.com) was maintained by Hennigan, Bennett and Dorman, the archdiocese's attorneys. The site, which is no longer online as of 11/15/15, provided links to the Report, Errata, and Addendum, and also offered critiques of dozens of LA Times articles.
4) First Deletion of the List: On 11/12/08, the archdiocese removed the list of accused from the Report to the People of God and posted the abbreviated Report, in place of the Report with the list. This was still the posted version of the Report on 1/28/10, when the Internet Archive preserved it. This very significant change was apparently not flagged on the archdiocesan website. The link to the Report looked the same as it had before, but the Report it linked to no longer contained the list. On 5/11/12, BishopAccountability.org discussed the missing list with an official of the archdiocese.
5) Restoration of the List: On 12/3/12, the archdiocese created a version of the Report to the People of God that once again incorporated the list. This restored version of the Report, including the list, was still online when the Internet Archive preserved it on 2/28/13. Note that the text of this list was identical to the original 2/18/04 version of the list; it had not been updated.
6) Second Deletion of the List: On 2/7/14, the archdiocese created a new version of the Report to the People of God, once again without the list included. This version was preserved by the Internet Archive on 9/11/15. As of 11/12/15, the version without the list was still the one on the archdiocesan website. In this second deletion of the list, the list has been replaced in the Report with an explanation, which states that the list was "out of date," and referring the reader to the clergy files list instead.
7) Final Addendum: On 1/31/13, the archdiocese created a PDF of a document called Final Addendum and posted it on their website, apparently at the same time that they posted, under court order, the files of accused priests. See the L.A. Archdiocese Adds Priests' Names to Abuse List, by Harriet Ryan, LA Times (2/14/13). The two-page Final Addendum bore the date October 2008 and provided three lists totaling 49 names, including 24 names not previously made public. The introduction to this document stated:
||The following list includes names of clergy from a follow up review of Archdiocesan files, and names of clergy involved in Clergy I litigation which were not previously posted. The final portion of the global settlement of clergy cases has been concluded. Consequently, further updates to the Report to the People of God are not anticipated.
The Final Addendum was still available on the archdiocesan website on 5/17/13, when the Internet Archive preserved a copy. As of 11/14/15, the Final Addendum was not on the archdiocesan site. Also on that date, the Report to the People of God was available on the site, but in abbreviated form, without the list of accused. The Errata and Addendum were not available on the site. The list of clergy files was still online, and continued to provide the names of 128 accused, with links to their files.
Instead, the Report ends with an explanation that the list is "outdated" and has "been removed." The reader is asked to "refer to the clergy files website," where a list of 128 priests is linked to the priest files released by the archdiocese on 1/31/13 under the nonmonetary terms of the 2007 settlement and after a protracted legal battle. The Internet Archive has preserved the clergy files list as it appeared on 2/4/13, after initial revisions brought the list up to 128 priests (6 of them with names redacted, designated Z-I, Z-II, Z-III, etc.), and we cached the files list on 11/12/15, by which date the list had been organized by category as well as alphabetically. It is that version that we link at the beginning of this entry.
8) Consolidated List and 2018 Update:See above.
• Louisville KY
• Lubbock TX
• Marquette MI – The Internet Archive first preserved a copy of the Diocese of Marquette's Status Report on Clerics Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minors
on 9/26/16. This list described the status of Revs. Joseph D. Carne, James L. Menapace, and Gary A. Jacobs. The list was updated periodically. We have cached a copy of the list as of 12/13/18, by which time two priests had been added: Rev. Frank M. Lenz and Richard T. Craig.
• Metuchen NJ
WI – This list has been updated periodically by the archdiocese; we
have cached the following versions: 7/9/04 [downloaded 8/12/04], with then-Archbishop Dolan's Letter, 12/4/04, 2/6/05, 11/2/05, 1/28/06, 2/9/06, 10/15/06, 2/2/07, 4/4/07, 10/14/07, 11/26/07, 12/21/07, 9/27/08,
dated 12/09, 3/2/11, and 3/13 [downloaded 7/1/13]. On 7/1/13 the archdiocese released files that had been placed under seal by Judge Susan V. Kelley early in the archdiocese's bankruptcy. Survivors had sought the release of the documents, and the archdiocese had opposed a release, until it became clear that Kelley intended to unseal at least some files. On the archdiocesan website, the List of Clergy Offenders (see also a cached PDF of the list) was transformed into a portal for accessing the documents: each name, previously not explained, was linked to a description, which was in turn linked to the priest's file and a timeline. The diocese also released an interesting file called Release of Names:
Notes on the process to release the clergy offender names in 2004. Compare the way the documents were posted by Jeff Anderson & Associates and by the Journal Sentinel.
• Mobile AL – On 12/6/18, the Archdiocese of Mobile released a list of priests and male religious credibly accused of abusing children. We have cached a copy of the 12/6/18 list.
• Monterey CA
TN – On 11/2/18, the Diocese of Nashville posted an article stating that the diocese was publishing "the names of the 13 former priests who served in the diocese who have been accused of sexually abusing a minor."
The article is accessible on the diocesan homepage by expanding the "News" items and opening the November 2018 archive. We have cached a copy of the 11/2/18 article.
On 11/8/18, the Nashville diocese posted a revision of the original article, correcting an error (Joseph L. Reilly was not deceased), adding assignments for a number of priests, and adding three more priests, Emala, Kemper, and Pratt. The revised article is accessible on the diocesan homepage by expanding the "News" items. We have cached a copy of the revised 11/8/18 article with its list. As of 11/21/18, the article/list is not accessible from the Safe Environment section of the
diocesan website. The list is mostly a list of accused diocesan priests, but it includes a Benedictine (Fr. Roger R. Lott OSB) and a Jesuit (Fr. James F.X. Pratt SJ). The list provides dates of birth, ordination, retirement, and death. Sometime a date of dismissal from the priesthood is provided; sometimes just the year. Places of assignment are given, but without start/stop years or dates. Of the names on the list, 11 were already known to be accused, whereas 5 were publicly identified for the first time by the diocesan list. Those "new" accused priests were: Fr. Edward James Cleary, Fr. James Arthur Rudisill, Fr. Edward Albert Walenga, Msgr. William Floyd Davis, and Fr. Joseph L. Reilly.
• Newark NJ – The Diocese of Newark posted a list of credibly accused clergy on 2/13/19, with a letter from Archbishop Tobin in English and Spanish.
We have cached a copy of the 2/13/19 list, English letter, and Spanish letter.
• New Orleans LA
– The archdiocese released a list on 11/2/18 of archdiocesan and religious order priests accused of abusing minors. We cached a copy of the 11/2/18 list, which provided lists of the priests assignments as individual images. On 11/8/18, we cached a second version of the list, in which the assignments were in text format. We also created a webpage of the 11/2/18 list for more convenient viewing and linking.
The assignment lists appear to be in alphabetical order, rather than chronological order; no start/stop dates or years are provided for the assignments. A letter by Bishop Gregory Aymond dated 11/2/18 explained the list. We cached a copy of that letter on 11/11/18. In addition to the religious order priests included on the main list, a second list of two Benedictine priests was posted on the archdiocesan site, with a link to a 11/2/18 statement and list on the Saint Joseph Abbey site.
• New Ulm MN – This list was released on 3/29/16 jointly by the diocese at that URL and by Jeff Anderson & Associates at this URL.
We have cached copies of the 3/29/16 diocesan and Anderson lists, as well as their joint statement 1 2. Anderson also posted photographs of the priests, which we have cached. The diocesan list linked to assignment histories for the priests. We have cached copies of those histories: Altermatt, Becker, Buckley, Clark, Fitzgerald, Gleason, Heitzer, Henrich, Majerus, Markey, Marks, Murphy, Roney, Schleisman, Skoblik, and Stark.
In addition, we have cached the assignment record provided by Anderson for Fr. Germain Kunz, an accused priest not included on the jointly released list, along with a document posted by Anderson as evidence of the Kunz allegation. Anderson announced the list at a press conference at which two survivors of abuse by Fr. David Roney spoke: Kim Schmit (formerly Jane Doe 18) and Lori Stoltz (formerly Jane Doe 7). At that press conference, Anderson stated that files for the accused priests would be released, and that his firm had worked or was working with 30 Roney victims, 13 Henrich victims, 12 Fitzgerald victims, and 14 Skoblik victims.
• Norwich CT
– On 2/10/19 the Diocese of Norwich posted a "List of Clergy with Allegations of Substance of Sexual Abuse of a Minor,"
along with a letter from Bishop Michael Cote. We cached a copy of the original list and the letter. The original list included a name in error, and left out several others. See Norwich diocese admits mistake, removes priest who championed gay rights from list of those accused of sexual abuse, by Dave Altimari, Hartford Courant, February 22, 2019; and Survivors say Norwich Diocese’s list of priests accused of sexual abuse is missing names, by Dave Altimari, Hartford Courant, February 13, 2019.
On 2/22/19, the diocese corrected the list, removing the the priest it had accused in error and adding three names: Fr. George St. Jean OMI, Fr. Joseph Owens SJ, and Fr. John F. Dority OFM.
We have cached a copy of the 2/22/19 corrected and expanded list.
• Oakland CA
• Oblates of Mary Immaculate – Former Central Province – This list of seven credibly accused Oblates in the order's former Central Province was created on 7/6/15 by the Oblate's United States Province in compliance with their settlement of claims by Doe 30, and was posted on 7/7/15 by Jeff Anderson and Associates, with a statement from the province. We have cached copies of the 7/6/15 list and statement. Two priests on the list, Rev. Michael Charland OMI and Rev. James Vincent Fitzgerald OMI, were previously known to be accused. The remaining five were new names: Revs. Paul Kabat OMI, Orville Lawrence Munie OMI, Thomas Meyer OMI, Robert Reitmeier OMI, and Emil Twardochleb OMI. The list was released by Anderson at a 7/7/15 press conference at which Joseph McLean, who alleges abuse by Charland, spoke. The United States Province of the Oblates has not itself, as far as we know, posted the list. Nor was the order required to disclose the names of credibly accused priests from its other four former provinces. The disclosure of the Central Province names was a nonmonetary provision of the settlement in late February 2015 of Doe 30 v. Diocese of New Ulm, Diocese of Duluth, and Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Doe 30's lawsuit, alleging abuse of the 13-year-old Doe 30 by Fr. James Vincent Fitzgerald OMI, commenced on 1/29/14. After the Oblates settled in 2/15, the dioceses moved for summary judgment, and District Court Judge John H. Guthmann dismissed the claims against the Diocese of New Ulm. Guthmann granted Duluth's motion in part, but denied its motion to dismiss Doe 30's negligent supervision claim. That claim went to trial on 10/19/15, and on 11/4/15, the jury found for the plaintiff, ordering the Diocese of Duluth and the Oblates to split $8.1 million in damages 60/40. The Oblates had settled previously with Doe 30 for an undisclosed amount; the Diocese of Duluth is responsible for $4.9 million, 60% of the damages.
• Ogdensburg NY – On November 10-11, 2018, a letter from Bishop Terry LaValley was "read at Masses or inserted in bulletins." The letter announced that the Diocese of Ogdensburg would release "the names of priests removed from ministry according to the provisions of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People." On the diocesan website, LaValley's letter is in the Bishop's Messages page of LaValley's section of the site. We have cached a copy of the 11/10-11/18 letter. On Tuesday 11/13/18, while the USCCB's General Assembly was holding its 11/12-14/18 meeting in Baltimore, the Ogdensburg diocese posted its "List of Offenders." On 11/20/18 we cached a copy of the 11/13/18 list and also saved a screen shot. Beyond a three-line introduction at the top of the list, no description or explanation was provided by the diocese. Statements by diocesan Director of Communications Darcy Fargo are quoted in Catholic diocese names 28 priests accused of abuse, by Aaron Cerbone, Adirondack Daily Enterprise (11/14/18). We have cached a copy of the article.
The list comprised 28 names of diocesan priests, including 16 deceased priests; no religious order priests were included, and no brothers or nuns. The list included 8 priests already publicly identified as accused of abuse, and 20 priests who were publicly identified for the first time as accused. The list did not provide any information besides first and last name and whether the priest was deceased: no middle initials, no ordination years, no assignment histories, and no information about allegations. Below we list the "new" priests on the Ogdensburg list. In order to identify the priests precisely, we have included middle initials, ordination years, and death dates, where we could determine them from the Official Catholic Directory, obituaries, and articles in North Country Catholic, the diocesan newspaper.
|• Fr. Fay W. Ager (ordained 1979)
• Fr. Joseph A. Conti (ord 1967; deceased)
• Fr. Joseph A. Degen (active by 1957)
• Fr. Robert O. Duford (ord 1906; died 10/10/49)
• Fr. Ronald J. Farchette (active by 1970)
• Fr. Bruce T. Favreau (ord 1980)
• Fr. Edward L. Franklin (ord 1962; deceased)
• Fr. Edwin A. Kennedy (ord 1951; died 10/18/90)
• Fr. John M. Kennedy (ord 1935; died 8/11/79)
• Fr. Emile G. Lalonde (ord 1941; died 7/3/11)
|• Fr. James M. Larche (ord 1991)
• Fr. Roger M. Martin (ord 1951; deceased)
• Fr. Gerald McGrath (ord 1958; died 7/20/16)
• Fr. Roland V. Menard (ord 1964)
• Fr. Albert R. Plante (ord 1948; died 8/31/00)
• Fr. Gerald Sharland (ord 1945; died 8/5/73)
• Fr. Thomas D. Squires (active by 1976)
• Fr. George W. Tobin (ord 1950; died 8/25/10)
• Fr. Michael A. Toth (ord 1974)
• Fr. John F. Wiley (ord 1956; died 2/26/84)
• Omaha NE – The archdiocese
released on 11/30/18 a list of accused priests, described as a "list of substantiated claims of clergy sexual abuse of or sexual misconduct with a minor."
A very brief "status" of the priest and "description" of the allegation were included, as well as partial lists of assignments without start and stop years. The press release announcing the list stated that it was also included in
documents given to the Nebraska attorney general "pertaining to church personnel accused of criminal sexual misconduct since 1978."
A FAQ was posted as well.
• Paterson NJ – The Diocese of Paterson posted a list of credibly accused priests and deacons on 2/13/19, with a letter from Bishop Serratelli, an explanation of the list, and "questions and answers" about the list. We cached the 2/13/19 list with those materials on 2/23/19.
• Peoria IL – The Internet Archive preserved a version of the Peoria list on 12/1/18. We have cached copies of the list as it appeared on 12/1/18 and 12/21/18.
On 12/21/18 we also cached the seven press releases linked from 16 of the 19 names then on the list. [1 2 3 4 5 6 7]
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who opened an investigation in August 2018 of the six Catholic dioceses in the state, observes: "The Dioceses of Belleville, Peoria, Rockford, and Springfield did not take the basic step of publishing a comprehensive list of clergy who had been “credibly” accused until the Office became involved. Even now, these lists, for the most part, remain difficult to locate on the Illinois Dioceses’ websites." The diocese's response does not discuss the timing of its list.
PA – The archdiocese maintains three lists of "credibly" accused priests: pending and restricted, laicized, and deceased. The Philadelphia lists provide photographs, assignment histories
including time in treatment facilities, and current status. These pages had their beginnings in a page called Laicization Updates. The earliest version of this page that is available from archive.org is dated 11/21/05, shortly after the Philadelphia
Grand Jury report was released on 9/15/05. We have created a PDF of the 11/21/05 Laicization Updates, using the earliest available version of the linked description for each priest. The next stage of the list bundled all three categories together; we have created a PDF of the earliest version preserved at archive.org, dated 8/25/06.
• Phoenix AZ – We cached a copy of the 10/15/12 lists. See a news report on the release of the list.
• Pittsburgh PA – The Pittsburgh diocese posted a list of accused Pittsburgh priests after the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report was released on 8/14/18. We have cached copies of the four sub-lists that the Pittsburgh diocese released in PDFs:
1) Those who are living and have been removed from ministry;
2) Those removed from ministry who are now deceased;
3) Those who were deceased when an allegation was made against them;
and a separate list of clergy of the Diocese of Pittsburgh against whom allegations were made which were not substantiated as child sexual abuse.
• Portland OR – According to a statement by Archbishop Vlazny, the archdiocesan Catholic Sentinel newspaper carried a list of all Portland priests with multiple allegations; this list is not on the archdiocesan website; we link instead to the archdiocese's webpages 1 2 listing some of the accused, with links to files released by the archdiocese under the terms of settlement.
• Raleigh NC
• Richmond VA
• Rochester NY – We cached a copy of the 6/6/12 list on 7/7/12.
• Rockford IL – On 11/14/18, the Diocese released a list of priests of the diocese "against whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been substantiated." We have cached a copy of the 11/14/18 list. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who opened an investigation in August 2018 of the six Catholic dioceses in the state, observes: "The Dioceses of Belleville, Peoria, Rockford, and Springfield did not take the basic step of publishing a comprehensive list of clergy who had been “credibly” accused until the Office became involved. Even now, these lists, for the most part, remain difficult to locate on the Illinois Dioceses’ websites."
• Saginaw MI – The Saginaw diocese announced the list on 4/14/18. The announcement was made by Judge Michael J. Talbot, appointed as delegate the day before by Bishop Joseph R. Cistone, whose home and office had been raided by law enforcement stating that the diocese had failed to cooperate with an ongoing investigation.
• Saint Cloud MN – We have cached a copy of Bishop Donald J. Kettler's original 1/3/14 statement and list. We have also cached a 1/31/14 news report on diocesan revisions to the assignment histories in the original list and on a caveat regarding those histories. Those revisions were incorporated into Kettler's original statement and list; we have cached a copy of the updated version. After the Crosiers released their list (see above) on 3/7/14, Kettler announced on 3/14/14 four additional names (Emon, Funcheon, Weger, and Moeglein) derived from the Crosier list. Kettler did not include a fifth Crosier in his additions, Wendell Mohs, although Mohs is described on the Crosier list as having been on the "Weekend retreat staff, Central Minnesota TEC Program, 1979–82." The Teens Encountering Christ (TEC) Program conducts its retreats at Holy Family Parish, Belle Prairie MN, in the St. Cloud diocese. We have cached a copy of the 3/14/14 announcement of additions. As of 3/18/14, the diocesan website did not maintain this information in a single easily located list. Instead, the original 1/3/14 list is available in the chronologically organized news section, incorporating the 1/31/14 revisions; then the four additional Crosiers are listed in Kettler's 3/14/14 statement, with a partial listing of their St. Cloud assignments.
• Saint Paul and Minneapolis MN – The archdiocese first released a list under court order, added to it twice on the advice of Kinsale Management Consulting, and added more names after reaching a settlement with Jeff Anderson & Associates:
1) On 12/5/13 the archdiocese released the original list to comply with the order of Judge John B. Van de North in litigation of claims of John Doe 73C (John Keenan) and Doe 1. We have cached a copy of the archdiocesan newspaper's web and paper versions of the original list. See also Archbishop Nienstedt's article on the original release (and our cache of the article). The list provides the names behind a count of archdiocesan accused priests, based on the diocese's completed John Jay College survey questionnaires and announced on 12/11/03. That announcement was summarized in a 2/27/04 press release.
2) On 2/17/14 the archdiocese released a first revised list, resulting from a comprehensive file review done by Kinsale Management Consulting, under contract with the archdiocese. Nine accused persons were added to the list at this time: Blumeyer, Funcheon, Gansmann, Gillespie, Kolar, LaVan, Montero, Stark, and Walsh. We have cached a copy of the list, the statement describing it, and a Q&A explaining it. We have also created a PDF that assembles all the assignment histories linked from the archdiocese's 2/17/14 list. On 2/19/14 Minnesota Public Radio aired and posted Number of alleged sex abusers greater than archdiocese has revealed, by Madeleine Baran, together with MPR's own detailed list, Accused priests: Who they are, where they’ve served, what’s alleged.
3) On 5/22/14 the archdiocese released a second revised list, resulting from a comprehensive file review done by Kinsale Management Consulting, under contract with the archdiocese. We have cached a copy of the second revised list, bundled with the related statement and the new assignment histories for the five accused persons added to the list: Baker, Frost, Ruglovsky, Weger, and Zachman.
4) On 10/23/14 the archdiocese released a third revised list, adding the names and assignment information of 17 accused persons not previously listed. This "cooperatively-developed disclosure list" resulted from a 10/13/14 settlement between the archdiocese and Jeff Anderson & Associates. Nine of the 17 had substantiated claims of abuse within the archdiocese: Dummer, Filbin, Goniea, Krakovsky, Majerus, Marks, Mohs, Potocki, and Wolski. Eight of the 17 are accused of abuse outside the archdiocese but spent some time in it: Beutner, Clark, Ericksen, Foley, Nickel, Owens, Porter, and Vedro. Five of the 17 were not publicly known previously: Clark, Dummer, Majerus, Owens, and Potocki. Besides the 17 accused, three men whose allegations were previously listed by the archdiocese as unsubstantiated were recategorized as having substantiated allegations: Corica, Loftus, and Vaughn. We've cached: a) a copy of the revised list, b) Archbishop Nienstedt's statement, c) Nienstedt's statement bundled with the disclosure pages for each of the 17 newly listed persons, d) revised FAQs, e) the revised list bundled with all the disclosure pages, both of the 17 newly listed and of the persons previously listed. We have cached all the disclosure pages, because they have been revised by the archdiocese to note the date on which each person was added to the list, and f) the disclosure list, linked to cached copies of each individual disclosure page for all the listed accused persons.
5) On 2/11/15, the archdiocese released four additional names (Michael Bik, James Robert Murphy, James Namie, and Raimond Rose) one of which (Namie) was also on a list of 17 new names released by Jeff Anderson & Associates on the same day. All four new archdiocesan names were included in a comprehensive list of clergy "served lawsuits or notice of claims" by Anderson. That comprehensive list was appended to the list of 17 new names. We have cached a copy of the archdiocese's 2/11/15 list of four, as well as Anderson's 2/11/15 list of 17. See also MPR's story on the 2/11/15 names, and our cached copies of stories about the 17 names from MPR, the Star Tribune, and the Pioneer Press.
• Saint Petersburg FL
• Salt Lake City UT – On 12/21/18, the Intermountain Catholic, the newspaper of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, reported that the diocese had posted a list of accused priests as of 12/17/18. A 12/14/18 article had stated that the list was posted on 12/14/18. The list posted as of 12/25/18 was dated 12/4/18; the PDF was created on 12/13/18. In addition to the list, the diocese posted a statement and a Glossary of Terms. We have cached the 12/21/18 article and the 12/17/18 list, statement, and glossary. We also cached the 12/14/18 article.
Bernardino CA – On 10/9/18, Bishop Gerald R. Barnes released a list of "clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse," along with a letter and a brief "About the List." The list was also released in Spanish. We have cached copies of the 10/9/18 English list, Spanish list, Barnes's letter (in English and Spanish), and About the List (in English and Spanish).
Diego CA – On 3/30/07
as part of the bankruptcy
process, the San Diego diocese released lists of accused diocesan, religious order, and extern
priests with assignment records, The lists were subsequently removed from the diocesan website but preserved on this page. A month after the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported on 9/13/18 that the Diocese of San Diego had "added eight priests to the list of those believed to have molested children." On 9/14/18, the diocese consolidated and re-posted its old lists with the new names added, with an introductory webpage. We have cached the Union-Tribune report, which describes the added priests and provides photographs of five; the diocese's introduction; and its 9/14/18 list.
Jose CA – On 10/18/18, the Diocese of San Jose released a list of "clergy with credible allegations of sexual abuse of children" in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. They also released a letter about the list by Bishop Patrick J. McGrath (E, S, V); and a FAQ explaining the list (E, S, V). We have cached copies of the 10/18/18 list (E, S, V); the letter (E, S, V); and the FAQ (E, S, V). The list named 15 priests, 7 of whom were being named for the first time: Revs. Thomas Bettencourt, Laurent Largente, George Moss, Noel Senevirante, Hernan Toro, Joseph Dondero SJ, and Phil Sunseri SJ. After Jeff Anderson & Associates released a Bay Area report on 12/23/18, the San Jose diocese issued a 10/24/18 press release about why some names associated with San Jose in the Anderson report were not included in the San Jose diocesan list. (All the accused priests discussed in the press release were already listed in BishopAccountability.org's Database of Accused Priests, either as San Jose priests, or as priests in a different diocese.) Many of the priests discussed in the press release were religious order priests; most accused religious were excluded from the diocesan list. We have cached a copy of the 10/24/18 diocesan press release.
Fe NM – The Santa Fe Archdiocese released this list on September 12, 2017, together with a letter from Archbishop John C. Wester explaining his decision and dthe criteria for inclusion. The list includes the names of more than 20 priests not previously known to have been accused. It also includes the names of externs and religious order priests. In these respects, the list is superior to the list released by the Boston archdiocese (see above), which did not release the names of any accused priests not previously known. But the categories described by Archbishop Wester are reminiscent of Cardinal O'Malley's categories for the Boston list. We've cached a copy of Santa Fe's initial 9/12/17 list.
• Santa Rosa CA
• Savannah GA – On 11/8/18, the Diocese of Savannah released a list of "priests credibly accused of abuse of a minor." The diocese also has on their site a 11/16/18 updated list. We have cached copies of the 11/8/18 list and 11/16/18 list.
• Scranton PA – The Scranton diocese released a list of credibly accused individuals on 8/14/18, the same day that the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report was released. On 8/19/18 we cached a copy of the Scranton list.
• Seattle WA – A partial list for the Seattle archdiocese, contained in a 2004 Case Review Board Report posted by the archdiocese in 2009 or 2010, provided the names of 9 accused priests (the name of a tenth was redacted). But a 2006 press release counted 53 accused priests. We cached a copy of the Case Review Board Report and the press release. See also the Letter to Archbishop Sartain, by members of the Case Review Board, May 6, 2014, citing the letter they co-authored to Archbishop Brunett on December 20, 2004. On 1/15/16, the archdiocese released a more complete list, making many names public for the first time. We cached a copy of that 1/15/16 list, with Archbishop Sartain's letter and FAQs. On 1/26/16, the archdiocese posted a revised list, which cross-listed Rev. John Cornelius as Rev. John Cornelius McKenna. We cached a copy of the 1/26/16 revised list. Some Seattle parishes have posted a PDF that sorts the archdiocesan list by parish/school. This PDF was created on 1/13/16 by Vice Chancellor Ben Altenhofen, is dated 1/15/16, and was revised 1/29/16. To our knowledge, Seattle is the first diocese or religious order to present this list in this significant format. We obtained our copy from the parish website of St. Theresa's Parish in Federal Way. As of 9/7/16, the parish sort does not appear to be posted on the archdiocesan website. The archdiocese posted a second revision dated 6/15/16; we have cached a copy of the 6/15/16 list, which does not add any new names. It changes the status of Br. Edward Courtney CFC from "Unknown" to "Left Ministry." We have also cached copies of the 3/3/17 list, which added Fr, Otto Koltzenberg to the list; and the 8/10/18 list, which added Msgr. Philip H. Duffy to the list, as explained in our cached copy of a 8/14/18 press release. That press release incorrectly states that Duffy was the first addition "since first publication in 2016." Koltzenberg first appeared in the 3/3/17 list; his name was not on the previous 6/15/16 list or earlier lists.
• Shreveport LA
• Sioux City IA – On 2/25/19, the Diocese of Sioux City released a list of credibly accused priests dated 2/22/19. A link prominently displayed on the diocesan homepage pointed to a main page wth links to the list, a backgrounder, a letter from Bishop Nickless, and a FAQs. We have cached copies of the 2/25/19 list, backgrounder, letter, and FAQs. The 2/25/19 list comprises 28 names. The list's introductory text notes: "The list originally contained 29 names; however, the diocese received notification that one of the priests has appealed to Rome, and therefore his information is being withheld pending resolution." The FAQs note that Bishop Lawrence D. Soens has been left off the list, although he is accused of abusing many boys in the Davenport diocese, because he is not accused of abuse during the thime he was Bishop of Sioux City. The following priests who are accuse of abusing children in the Sioux City diocese were not included on the list: Fr. Brian J. Danner, Fr. Gerald Hartz (former superintendent of the Sioux City Catholic schools), and Fr. John Kurzak.
|• Fr. Alver William Behrens
• Fr. Richard Wayne Birdsall
• Fr. Paul Joseph Bruening
• Fr. John Francis Cain
• Fr. John William Cullen
• Fr. Linus Joseph Eisenbacher
• Fr. Clarence Edward Farrelly
• Fr. Louis Henry Greving
• Fr. Victor Everett Kollasch
• Fr. Bruce Anthony Lefebvre
• Fr. Jan Lisowski
|• Fr. Bernard Joseph Montag
• Fr. Thomas Joseph Munn
• Fr. Ronald Joseph Reicks
• Fr. Ralph William Reinhart
• Fr. Laurence Frances Schoeppner
• Fr. Donald Joseph Slaven
• Fr. Verne Peter Stapenhorst
• Fr. Fergus Stevenson OFM
• Fr. Joseph Edward Tolan
• Fr. Donald William Wingert
• Fr. John Charles Yetmar
WA – In addition to a cached copy of the diocesan
list as of 1/28/10, we have cached the identical 11/3/09
version of the list, as well as the text of Bishop
Skylstad's 10/23/02 announcement)
• Springfield IL – On 11/29/18, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois released a "summary of all substantiated cases of sexual abuse of a minor by clergy in this diocese as disclosed in our recent voluntary review with the Illinois Attorney General’s office. "Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who opened an investigation in August 2018 of the six Catholic dioceses in the state, observes: "The Dioceses of Belleville, Peoria, Rockford, and Springfield did not take the basic step of publishing a comprehensive list of clergy who had been “credibly” accused until the Office became involved. Even now, these lists, for the most part, remain difficult to locate on the Illinois Dioceses’ websites." The diocese's response does not discuss its list.
• Springfield MA – The diocese originally posted the list on their site on 8/25/11, the same day that Cardinal O'Malley first posted his Boston list. We cached the original Springfield Word document and also a PDF version. On 3/29/16, the diocese posted a revised version, adding Rev. Paul Archambault. We have cached a copy of that 3/29/16 list.
• Springfield-Cape Girardeau MO
• Steubenville OH – This list was released by the Diocese of Steubenville on 10/31/18. We cached a copy of the 10/31/18 press release on 11/11/18.
• Stockton CA – This list was posted by the Stockton diocese in compliance with the non-monetaries in the bankruptcy settlement, which took effect on February 19, 2017. A prominent link to the list is provided on the diocesan home page, as required by the non-monetaries.
• Syracuse NY –On 12/3/18, the Diocese of Syracuse released a list of "clergy with credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor." We have cached a copy of the 12/3/18 list.
OH – The diocesan website includes a partial list of accused priests and
their status dated 12/31/09. We have cached a copy of that list, a copy
of a 2/17/05 list , and a 3/30/04
article on an earlier partial list.
• Trenton NJ
AZ – The diocese posts this list of accused clergy and other personnel with assignment
records on the diocesan website. We have cached a copy of the list. An earlier
version was released on 2/27/04 as part of the John Jay report process; Tucson first posted their list on 6/21/02, and was the first diocese to do so. News coverage of the initial release: 1 2 3 4.
• Washington DC – The Archdiocese of Washington released a list on 10/15/18 of "clergy ... credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors," along with a press release explaining their action. We have cached copies of the 10/15/18 list and statement. The 31 priests included in the list were organized as diocesan (28 priests) and non-diocesan religious order (3 priests). Assignment histories were not provided, but basic milestones of the priests' careers and of canonical and criminal action are listed, not with a date, but with the year. Some information about treatment and transfers to other dioceses was also included. Eight priests on the archdiocesan list had not been publicly accused previously: Revs. Salvatore F. Bucca, Joseph B. Coyne, Roger P. Gallagher, James V. Lannon, Thomas W. Lyons, James A. Scott, Paul T. Twiddy, and Miguel Umana Zelaya. At least eight other priests, known to have been accused, who lived, worked, or allegedly abused in the Washington archdiocese were not included on the archdiocesan list.
• Wheeling-Charleston WV – On 11/29/18, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston (DWC) released two lists: 1) a "list of clergy who were credibly accused while serving in DWC – 1950 to present," and 2) a list of "clergy who served in DWC for whom no complaints were received but were credibly accused elsewhere." A 11/29/18 press release explains the lists. These lists were tweaked frequently in the days after their release. We have cached versions of the list posted on 12/5/18 – 1 2. We've also cached the 11/29/18 press release.
DE and MD – We cached a copy of the Wilmington list on 2/7/12. The list is required as part of the non-monetary undertakings of the bankruptcy settlement, which also requires a release of documents; Bishop Saltarelli, who had been opposed to posting a list, published his list on 11/16/06 in the diocesan newspaper, at the unanimous urging of his Review Board, after the arrest of Francis DeLuca for alleged rape of a child.
• Winona-Rochester MN – The diocese released this list on 12/16/13 to comply with the order of Judge John B. Van de North in litigation of claims of John Doe 73C (John Keenan) and Doe 1. We have cached a copy of the 12/16/13 letter and related assignment histories. Two priests named in this release were already known on the date of release (click name to view the released assignment history): Adamson and Koppala. Twelve priests had never been named publicly before and were previously unknown: Brown, Cashman, Cook, Curtis, Feiten, Hatch, Kaiser, Krough, Kuisle, Lennon, Smith, and Taylor. The list provides the names behind Bishop Bernard Harrington's 2003 count of accused priests, based on the diocese's completed John Jay College survey questionnaires and announced in the 3/03 issue of the Courier, the diocesan newspaper. On 6/23/14, the diocese posted additional information on the priests. We cached those descriptions: Fr. Thomas P. Adamson, Fr. Sylvester F. Brown, Fr. Joseph C. Cashman, Fr. Louis G. Cook, Fr. William D. Curtis, Msgr. John R. Feiten, Fr. Richard E. Hatch, Fr. Ferdinand L. Kaiser, Fr. Leo Charles Koppala, Fr. Jack L. Krough, Fr. Michael J. Kuisle, Fr. James W. Lennon, Fr. Leland J. Smith, and Fr. Robert H. Taylor.
• Youngstown OH – On 10/30/18, the Diocese of Youngstown released a list of credibly accused priests. A 11/9/18 list is also posted on the diocesan site. We have cached copies of the 10/30/19 list and 11/9/18 list.
OTHER LISTS NOT OR NO LONGER ON DIOCESAN AND ORDER WEBSITES
Rapids MI – This newspaper report states that on 5/16/02 the diocese
released a chart containing a partial list of 8 accused priests, after
the county prosecutor met with the diocesan attorney, who provided
a list of 11 accused priests; the list is not on the diocesan website.
WI – Bishop Bullock's letter is no longer on the diocesan website;
we cached this copy.
• Manchester NH – This very interesting timeline and table presentation was created in March 2003 and is no longer on the diocesan site. It displays assignments, alleged abuse, notice, and diocesan actions for eight accused priests: Aube, Boulanger, Chalifour, Densmore, Fortier, Laferriere, Landry, and MacRae. These priests were also the subject of the NH attorney general's report, and their files (along with dozens of others) were released by the AG as part of the report + archive + audit deal that the AG negotiated with the diocese. See also our hypertext version of the AG's chapter on MacRae, with links to the documents.
CA – This letter was issued by Bishop Ryan as part of the John Jay
report process on 2/4/04 but is no longer on the diocesan website; nor
are the promised updates. The website does contain a press
release dated 7/28/09 on several accused priests, couched as a rebuttal
of two articles in the Monterey Herald 1 2.
CA – We have cached a copy
of Bishop Brown's letter regarding the John Jay results.
IL – The diocesan website no longer provides this 5/30/02 document.
ME – This article reports on a press conference by Bishop Malone. See
article. However, as of 1/28/10, the diocesan website does not provide
a copy of Malone's statement, and it does not provide a list of accused
Petersburg FL – This report from Bishop Robert M. Lynch was released on
12/12/03 as part of the John Jay report process. The report is no longer
on the diocesan website.
• Venice FL – These press releases 1 2 and a letter 3 provide some names of accused priests. These materials are no longer on the diocesan website.
JANE DOE 92 v. ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. LOUIS (Fr. JOSEPH D. ROSS)
• Court Order re Motions to Compel (5/13/13)
• Court Order (12/31/13)
• Relators' Motion for Stay (1/2/14)
• Relators' Motion to File Under Seal (1/2/14)
• Relators' Writ Petition (1/2/14)
• Relators' Writ Summary (1/2/14)
• Relators' Writ Suggestions (1/2/14)
• Relators' Writ Suggestions – Exhibits 01-05
• Relators' Writ Suggestions – Exhibit 06
• Relators' Writ Suggestions – Exhibits 07-15
• Relators' Writ Suggestions – Exhibits 16-20
• Relators' Writ Suggestions – Exhibit 21
• Relators' Writ Suggestions – Exhibits 22-23
Today 11/11/02 list of accused priests: 61 named priests
report 7/23/03 count: 237 unnamed priests [PDF p. 19]
Globe 3/5/03 list of priests removed: 48 named priests
John Jay 2/26/04 count: 216 unnamed priests: 162 diocesan, 44 order,
1/19/11 list of priests with settlements against them: 117 priests,
• Boston archdiocesan list released by Cardinal O'Malley on 8/25/11: 159 archdiocesan priests named; 250 archdiocesan priests counted
• Boston Globe 11/20/11 list of priests missing from O'Malley's list: 70 priests [lists 1 2]
• BishopAccountability.org 11/20/11 list
of accused clerics who have worked in Boston: 276 named clerics
OTHER LISTS OF ACCUSED PRIESTS
of 236 Accused Priests from 10 Largest U.S. Dioceses (11/11/02)
of Abusive Priests Moved to New Locations - List compiled by SNAP
from 1/6/04 USCCB audit of Charter compliance