Archdiocese of New Orleans prepares to add 7 Franciscan priests to clergy abuse list

Times-Picayune and Advocate

October 14, 2020

By Ramon Antonio Vargas

The Archdiocese of New Orleans is preparing to add seven names to its list of local clergy found to have credible accusations of child molestation against them, after a Roman Catholic religious order released its own roster of accused priests last week.

The additional names, which include a priest who is believed to have preyed on a minor during his time in the New Orleans area, will bring the total number of alleged abusers publicly identified by Archbishop Gregory Aymond to 72.

Since Aymond released his initial list of 57 clergy in November 2018, a series of disclosures, some by the local archdiocese and others by regional religious orders not directly controlled by the archdiocese, have continued to raise the total.

The most recent release, by members of the Franciscan Friars chapter overseeing personnel in a region that encompasses Louisiana, contained a roster of 24 priests and seven religious brothers with “substantiated child sex abuse allegations against them,” according to order officials.

Of those Aymond identified as having worked in the New Orleans area, the Rev. Frank Davied, who now lives in Pueblo, Colorado, is the only one who the archdiocese believes may have molested a child during the period he spent in the area.

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