In the 1987 Official Catholic Directory, Michael Wempe is listed in the index and the Los Angeles pages as the number-two priest at St. Sebastian's in Santa Paula, Ventura County.
But in the 1988 Official Catholic Directory, Wempe has disappeared from the index, presumably to avoid reporting that he was at the Servants of the Paraclete facility:
In the 1989 Official Catholic Directory, Wempe has reappeared in the index:
and in the parish (with a school) where he is now listed, he is reported to be "in res[idence],"
but his real assignment can only be determined by reading the entire Los Angeles section of the Official Catholic Directory, or by working back from subsequent years, because the assignment is not indexed so that it can be found. Wempe had been made chaplain of a public hospital with a pediatric ward:
In the 1990 Official Catholic Directory, Wempe's residence and chaplaincy at Cedar-Sinai are both indexed:
There are many important points to note in this sequence. When priests
drop out of the Official Catholic Directory and then reappear,
abuse is a strong possibility. Abusers also appear frequently in the lists
of priests "On Leave" and "On Sick Leave" in the Official
Catholic Directory, though it is important to note that priests suffering
from alcoholism or other problems are also included in such lists. Tours
at treatment centers are never logged in the Official Catholic Directory.
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