Fr. Federico Fernandez Baeza

Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Antonio TX

Chicago-St. Louis Province Franciscan, in San Antonio 1981-87. Accused in 1988 suit of abusing two boys. Church promised to investigate and asked parents to keep quiet. Sent to treatment. Boys’ older brothe said the priest abused him, too. Previously arrested for public indecency. Criminal charges dismissed. Civil suit settled 7/88. In 2002 man said he told Archbishop Flores in 1983 about seeing Fernandez naked in a swimming pool with two girls ages 10 and 11. Active priest 5/11 in Bogota, Colombia. One alleged victim who said Fernandez Baeza molested and raped him as a 5th-grader was convicted of rape and murder in 1995; he was executed in 2011 by the State of Texas. Fernandez Baeza was working in 2015 it Universidad de San Buenaventura in Cartagena, and posting “Sunday Reflections” on a Bogota church’s website. On San Antonio archdiocese’s list 1/31/19. It notes eight allegations. Also removed in 2015 in Colombia by Franciscans, case referred to Vatican.


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