Fr. Michael K. Higgins

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of San Diego CA

From Ireland. Ordained for the Diocese of San Diego. Removed from active ministry in 1982 after he was accused of soliciting sex from a boy in a confessional. Higgins denied the allegation. Appealed his case to the Vatican. In 1987 Higgins sued Bishop Maher and others alleging that he was falsely accused of sexual misconduct. Higgins has said that Vatican reversed Bishop’s decision and he is a ‘retired priest.’ Diocese denied this, and said that the Pope affirmed the decision to remove his privileges. He was laicized in 1999.

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