Rev. Charles V. Cross

Summary of Case: Removed from ministry in May 2002. Alleged to have molested at least four male teenagers in early 1960s. Had not served as a parish priest since 1985 because of "unrelated claims of sexual misconduct.". Main duty was to oversee maintenance at diocese headquarters. One man sued Cross in 1995 after telling the diocese. The case was dismissed due to statute of limitations.

: 1960

Died: April 24, 2010


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Mobile-Birmingham bishop was Thomas Joseph Toolen (1927-1969)

1961 St. Matthew's Birmingham AL


In residence

Parish had a school with 147 boys and 134 girls.
1960 1961 Blessed Sacrament


Accused in 1993 and sued in 1995 for sexual abuse of a boy. The abuse is said to have occurred from 1960-1964, beginning when the boy was 14 years old and Cross was assigned to Blessed Sacrament. (Birmingham News [Alabama]
May 10, 2002)

AL 2/2 School with 198 boys and 167 girls.
1961 1964 St. Ann's


• Bishop Foley stated in 2002 that others had come forward with accusations that Cross molested them at St. Ann's. (Birmingham News [Alabama]
May 10, 2002)

AL 4/4, 3/3, 2/3 Parish had a school with 153-200 boys and 122-161 girls.
1961 1964 St. Paul's Athens AL   This was a mission of St. Ann's in Decatur.
1964 1965 St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Mobile AL 4/4 Parish had a school with 322 boys and 285 girls.
1965 1967 St. Aloysius Bessemer AL



Parish had a school with 95-87 boys and 119-108 girls.
1967 1968 Holy Spirit Huntsville AL 2/3 Parish had a school with 178 boys and 197 girls.
1968 1969 St. Margaret Hospital Montgomery AL Chaplain  


Birmingham bishop was Joseph Gregory Vath (1969-1987)

1974? St. Peter's Birmingham AL


In residence

In the 1972-1974 Directories, Cross is indexed as at St. Peter's, but is not listed there in the Birmingham diocesan pages.

Birmingham was established as a diocese in 1969.

1974? 1975 St. Mark's Birmingham AL



1975 1976 St. Paul's Cathedral Birmingham AL 2/4 The Cathedral had a school with 220 students.
1976 1985 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


• A "transient" accused Cross of sexually assaulting him in 1985. Cross was sent to the Servants of the Paraclete, which was a treatment center in New Mexico for priests with psychological disorders, including those of a sexual nature. (Birmingham News [Alabama]
May 10, 2002)




1976 1985 St. Henry's Warrior AL    


Vath was replaced by Raymond James Boland (1988-1993)

1986         Cross is not indexed in the 1986 Directory.
1986 1993 Diocesan Tribunal     Auditor, Judge Instructor, Secretary  


Boland was succeeded by David Edward Foley (1994-2005)

2002 Blessed Sacrament

Birmingham AL


In residence.

Cross was suspended from ministry in May 2002 due to allegations of sexual abuse. (Birmingham News [Alabama]
May 10, 2002)
    St. Thomas Catholic Life Center East Lake AL Director of general services for the diocese. This was the diocesan headquarters.
2002 2003 Retired Alabaster AL   The 2004 Directory is the last in which Cross is indexed.
2003 2010         Cross died April 29, 2010. (Burmingham News
April 29, 2010)

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1961-2003).

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This assignment record was last updated on Aug. 10, 2011