Assignment Record – Rev. Carlton E. Whitten, s.j.

Summary of Case: Carlton E. Whitten was ordained a priest of the California Province of the Society of Jesus in 1961. He was a teacher at numerous Jesuit high schools in California and Arizona, and he served in parishes. During his "semi-retirement" years he worked in parishes as a fill-in priest throughout the Western U.S., while based at the Bellarmine Preparatory School Jesuit residence in San Jose, California. While temporarily assigned to a parish in White Salmon, Washington, in December 2007, Whitten was accused of inappropriately touching a 17-year-old boy. The incident was said to have occurred recently. Prior to that the parish pastor, for whom Whitten was filling-in, confronted Whitten for allegedly viewing adult pornography on his computer. Whitten left the parish and returned to California. He has since been living at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos.

: 1961


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes


San Francisco archbishop was John Joseph Mitty (1935-1961), followed by Joseph Thomas McGucken (1962-1977).

1962 Alma College Los Gatos CA  


Seattle archbishop was Thomas Arthur Connolly (1950-1975).

1963 Manresa Hall Port Townsend WA    


Sacramento bishop was Alden John Bell (1962-1979).

1965 Jesuit High School Sacramento CA   Jesuit High had 89-201 students, all male.


San Francisco archdiocese

1972 Bellarmine College Prep. San Jose CA   Bellarmine Prep. had 904-1,116 students, all male.


Phoenix bishop was Edward Anthony McCarthy (1969-1976), followed by James Steven Rausch (1977-1981).

1977 Brophy College Prep. Phoenix AZ   Brophy Prep. had 682-731 students, all male.


San Francisco archbishop was John Raphael Quinn (1977-1995).

1980 St. Ignatius Prep. San Francisco CA   St. Ignatius Prep. had 1,183-1,209 students, all male.


Sacramento bishop was Francis Anthony Quinn (1979-1993).

1987 Jesuit High School Sacramento CA   Jesuit High had 730-780 students, all male.


Los Angeles archbishop was Roger Michael Mahony (1985-2011).

1990 Loyola High School Los Angeles CA Loyola High had 1,100-1,130 students, all male.


Sacramento diocese

1992 Jesuit High School Community of Sacramento Carmichael CA    
1992 1999 Jesuit High School Sacramento CA Jesuit High had 940-1,125 students, all male.


Monterey bishop was Sylvester Donovan Ryan (1992-2006).

2001 San Luis Obispo Church (Old Mission) San Luis Obispo CA 3/4 San Luis Obispo had a preschool, and a grade school with 382-355 students. It also had a religious education program with 185-222 students.
2001 2002         Whitten is not indexed in the 2002 Directory.


San Francisco archbishop was William Joseph Levada (1995-2005).

Feb. 2003 St. Agnes' San Francisco CA 2/6 St. Agnes' had a religious education program with 20 students.
2003 2004         Whitten's name is indexed in the 2004 Directory, but there is no assignment indicated.


Phoenix bishop was Thomas Joseph Olmsted (2003-).

2007 St. Charles Borremeo Peoria AZ 2/2 In residence. Whitten is referred to as "Carl E. Whitten" for this listing in the 2005-2007 Directories.
        Western United States fill-in priest Whitten was a fill-in priest in parishes throughout the Western U.S.

Nov. 2007

Yakima bishop was Carlos Arthur Sevilla, s.j. (1996-2011).

Dec. 2007 St. Joseph's

White Salmon

• Whitten was accused in Dec. 2007 of inappropriately touching a 17-year-old boy while assigned to St. Joseph's. Whitten had been confronted several weeks earlier by the priest for whom he was filling in for allegedly viewing adult porn on his computer. Whitten was, at that point, asked to leave the parish. Whitten returned to California.

WA fill-in priest  


San Jose bishop was Patrick Joseph McGrath (1999-).

Dec. 2007 Bellarmine College Prep. San Jose CA Whitten was living here part-time, and not teaching.

Whitten is indexed twice in the 2007 Directory. He is referred to as "Carlton E. Whitten" for this listing.

Bellarmine Prep. had 1,555 students, all male.

Dec. 2007 2012 Sacred Heart Jesuit Center Los Gatos CA   Whitten was removed from active ministry in December 2007, due to an allegation of a "recent incident of sexual misconduct with a minor".


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1962-2012)

Priest Living at Bellarmine Moved after Alleged Sexual Misconduct in Washington, By Kim Vo, San Jose Mercury News, December 21, 2007
Jesuit Priest Moved off Bellarmine Campus, Semi-Retired Cleric Is under Investigation in Sexual Misconduct Case in Washington, By Kim Vo, San Jose Mercury News, December 22, 2007
Priest under Investigation for Alleged Misconduct, By Jane Gargas, Yakima Herald-Republic, December 22, 2007
White Salmon Police Investigate Accusations of Sexual Misconduct Against Priest, White Salmon, January 2, 2008

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This assignment record was last updated on April 28, 2014.