Fr. Richard A. Edelin

Ordained: 1979
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston TX

Accused in 1996 of repeatedly groping a girl confessional and at retreats 1981-82, beginning when she was age 17. He denied the allegations. Accuser was given $5K and told by Bishop Fiorenza on 02/23/96 that Edelin was suspended. Assigned to six parishes his first ten years after ordination. Served as USAF Chaplain from 1989-92, on leave 1992-97. Not indexed in the Directories after 1997 until 2003, when the diocese tried to reinstate him. Accuser complained. He went to work in Baker, OR diocese where seminary classmate was bishop. Included on Galveston-Houston archdiocese’s list 1/31/19. It notes that Edelin was removed from public ministry in 2013.

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