Rev. Maurice R. Grammond—Assignment
Summary of Case: Suit filed 12/14/99 accused Grammond of sexually abusing a boy in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Amended suit added 24 other plaintiffs; settlement with 23 announced 10/9/00. Through 2006, 46 claims had been settled for almost $30M. Alcohol and porn used in grooming; abuse allegedly included oral and anal sex. Archdiocese was allegedly warned 5 times 1959-74. Removed 1985; sick leave 1986; retired 1988; died 2002.
Incardinated: Archdiocese of Portland OR
|1950||1952||St. Mary’s Home for Boys, Inc.||Huber||OR||Assistant. The superintendent was Rev. John M. Goodrich.||Residential treatment center with 104-116 boys.|
|1952||1953||St. Boniface’s||Sublimity||OR||2/3. Pastor was Rev. Joseph Scherbring.||Parish grade school had 135 pupils. Parish high school had 104 pupils.|
|1953||1956||Assumption||Portland||OR||2/2. Pastor was John M. Berger.||Parish school had 256-271 pupils.|
|1956||1959||Our Lady of Sorrows||Portland
• Fathers allegedly complained of abuse to pastor of Holy Cross in Portland, who was Rev. V.L. Moffenbeier. Grammond was moved to Oakridge. See article.
|OR||2/2. Pastor was Rev. Richard L. Fall.||Parish school had 325 pupils.|
|1959||1966||St. Michael’s||Oakridge||OR||1/1, pastor.|
|1959||1966||St. Henry’s||Dexter||OR||1/1, pastor.||Mission of St. Michael’s in Oakridge.|
|1966||Sick leave.||• Placed on sick leave for 5 months and then assigned to Seaside, allegedly after mother complained to local monsignor. Complaint in 1962-63 to Rev. John Thatcher SJ had no result. See article.|
|1966||1985||Our Lady of Victory||Seaside
• Suit filed 12/14/99 by former altar boy Joseph Elliott, alleging abuse by Grammond at Seaside and on trips. After 24 others join suit, archdiocese settled with 23.
|1966||1985||St. Peter the Fisherman||Arch Cape
• Rev. Vincent Cunniff allegedly hand-delivered a complaint to the chancery in 1969. In 1974, archbishop all egedly met with Grammond about another complaint. See article.
|OR||1/1, pastor.||Mission of Our Lady of Victory in Seaside.|
|1985||1986||Not listed in 1986 Directory.|
|1986||1988||Absent on sick leave.|
|1999||2002||Retired at Encore Senior Village.
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy
& Sons, 1951-2003); Secrets of a Small-Town Priest, by Michael
Wilson, Oregonian (10/15/2000).
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This assignment record collates Grammond's career history as it is represented in the Official Catholic Directory with allegations as they are reported in the media. We make no representation regarding the truth of the allegations we report. We remind our readers that in the U.S. judicial system, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty.
A Note on Nomenclature: We use the term "assignment record," instead of the more common "service record," because "service" is not an appropriate word for the activities of an abusive priest. Dioceses are often less than forthcoming about the activities of retired priests, but when we can determine those activities, we list them in these assignment records, particularly if they involve ministry. Retired priests remain under obedience to their bishop, and even the activities of laicized priests should be a concern to the diocese.
This assignment record was last updated on 3/22/07.