Fr. Robert C. Foley

Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Orange CA

Per 2002 report, in 1985 then-chancellor of the Orange diocese, Michael Driscoll, who was later Bishop of the Diocese of Boise, wrote to a priest in Liverpool, England, begging him to take Foley. Foley had just admitted to molesting an 8-year-old boy during a camping trip organized by St. Justin Martyr parish. The boy’s mother threatened to go to the police; Foley was in jeopardy of arrest and possible imprisonment in he stayed in the U.S. Foley left for England and never faced prosecution for the molestation. Civil suit settled. Per the diocese’s website in 8/16, Foley’s status was “voluntary permanent leave”. The diocese’s list updated 4/2/19 notes that he is living a life of prayer and penance. Its list in 12/20 shows that Foley was seeking laicization.

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