|Rev. Milton T. Walsh
Summary of Case: Walsh molested a 12- to 13-year-old California boy in 1984, some of the abuse occurring on the boy's 13th birthday. The boy told his parents the day after his birthday, and they reported the abuse to San Francisco archbishop Quinn. Quinn convinced the parents not to go to police, reassuring them that Walsh would get help and not reoffend. When William Levada became San Francisco archbishop in 1995, he learned of the 1984 abuse by Walsh, and Walsh acknowledged it. Levada kept Walsh in ministry until August 2002, after the U.S. Bishops' drafted a "zero tolerance" policy. Walsh was arrested in October 2002 on charges related to the 1984 molestations. Charges were dropped in July 2003 when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law that would have allowed for prosecution.
San Francisco archbishop was John Raphael Quinn (1977-1995)
|1980||Our Lady of Loretto||Novato||CA||2/3||Our Lady of Novato had a school with 322-324 students.|
|1980||1982||St. Thomas the Apostle||San Francisco||CA||4/4||St. Thomas the Apostle had a school with 250 students.|
• Walsh was arrested in Oct. 2002 and charged with having molested a boy in 1984, in the months before and on his 13th birthday in Novato, CA. He was said to have fondled the boy while the two swam together at a country club pool, and on the boy's 13th birthday he was said to have cornered the boy in the club's shower and rubbed his genitals. The priest was a family friend from his time at Our Lady of Loretto in Novato. He spent the night at the family's home after the boy's birthday party that night, and reportedly fondled the boy again during the night. The boy had been an altar server, dreamed of becoming a priest, and thought of Walsh as his spiritual mentor.
According to the boy's parents, the boy told them about the molestations the day after his birthday, and they told archbishop Quinn. Quinn convinced the parents not to go to the police and reassured them that Walsh would get help and not reoffend.
Walsh was on a break from doctoral studies in Rome at Our Lady of Loretto.
|1985||1989||St. Patrick Seminary||Menlo Park||CA||faculty in residence||Now referred to as S.T.D. (Doctor of Sacred Theology)|
Quinn was succeeded by William Joseph Levada (1995-2005)
|1997||Cathedral of St. Mary||San Francisco||CA||1/4, 1/3||Levada admitted under oath that he first learned of Walsh's 1984 abuse when he arrived in San Francisco in 2005. The victim's aunt wrote Levada a letter begging him "not to let this man fall through the cracks". Walsh admitted to fondling the boy. Levada allowed Walsh to stay in ministry.|
|1996||2002||Knights of Malta||San Francisco||CA|
|1997||2002||St. Patrick Seminary||Menlo Park||CA||Dean of Students 1997-2001, Academic Vice President and Provost 2001-2002|
Walsh is not indexed in the 2003 Directory.
Walsh was removed from active ministry in Aug. 2002 due to allegations that he had molested a 12- to 13-year-old boy in 1984. He was arrested on charges of child sexual abuse in Oct. of that year, after the archdiocese turned his name and allegations over to prosecutors. Walsh admitted to the abuse in a phone call placed to him by the victim in 2002. The call was secretly taped by Novato police. Walsh apologized to his victim.
The charges against Walsh were dropped in July 2003, when a CA law that would have extended the statutes of limitation on sex crimes against children was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
George Hugh Niederauer replaced Levada (2005-)
|2011||Absent on Leave||CA||Levada went on to lead the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which oversees cases of child sexual abuse. Walsh's victim stated in 2010 that he was outraged by Levada's role and that the abuse by Walsh "really ruined me."|
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1979-2011)
• Priest Charged with Abuse of Boy, 13, By Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, October 5, 2002