BishopAccountability.org has launched a project to gather and post the assignment records of every U.S. Catholic priest who has been accused of sexual abuse since 1940, so that vulnerable communities can be identified and bishops' transfer policies can be determined.

See below for a brief description of assignment records and their importance, easy ways that you can help with this project, and our initial list of assignment records. For a more detailed account of assignment record research and how you can volunteer, see our guide.

Assignment Records: Why They Are Important

An assignment record lists all the diocesan and parish appointments of a priest, including telltale periods of sick leave. A detailed assignment record, like this assignment record of John Geoghan created by the Boston Globe, identifies populations that have been placed at risk, and is also cross-referenced with a list of accusations, so that the transfer policies of the priest's bishops can be evaluated. By identifying a priests' seminary class and the colleagues with whom he has worked, an assigment record can also begin to identify the circle of colleagues who kept the priest's activities secret and who might even have been involved in the abuse themselves.

Assignment records are all around us:
Newspaper accounts of the crisis
Diocesan records
Investigative files
Obituaries and other old newspaper reports

But these records are dispersed and difficult to find, and complete assignment records for most accused priests are not publicly available. We urge the U.S. bishops to publish detailed assignment records with treatment episodes and accusation dates for every abuser. In the meantime, we are undertaking this work of research and collection ourselves. See our initial collection of assignment records below.

Volunteering for the Assignment Record Project

Please send us any assignment records that know about or come across:
* In your daily newspaper reading
* In your personal experience, if you are a survivor of abuse
* In the research that you've done, if you are a lawyer or a reporter working in this area

If you would like to join the Service Record Project as a volunteer -- for a few hours, or a few hours per week, or anything in between -- please read our guide to service record research, and email us to let us know you're interested. This is work that you can do at a local Catholic college library or at most central city libraries, and you can email, snail mail, or even phone us the results.

List of Assignment Records

The staff at BishopAccountability.org has begun to assemble a library of assignment records for accused priests and others who figure in the crisis.Some we have developed ourselves from the Official Catholic Directory, diocesan documents, and investigative reports. Others were created by lawyers and investigative reporters. Others were created by the dioceses themselves and relinquished under subpoena, or were prepared by the dioceses in response to investigation by law enforcement.

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Fr. John H. Wadeson

Order: SVD
Ordained: 1969
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of abuse of two 1973-77, per 2004 L.A. archdiocesan report. Also worked in New York and/or Brooklyn, Trenton NJ and Portland OR dioceses. Banned from working in L.A. archdiocese; in 2014 was found working as priest in Guam, apparently since at least 2000. Idenitified himself as an "Australian priest of the Archdiocese of Agana in Guam, Micronesia." Guam Archdiocese Directory indicated he was incardinated there but assigned to Neocatechumenal Center in San Francisco, CA. Removed from active ministry 07/22/14; archdiocese admitted it knew of past allegations in 2000 when he was incardinated. As of 7/23/14, left Guam, possibly to San Francisco. Denied all allegations. SF archdiocese withdrew privileges as of 07/21/14. Reinstatement to Agana archdiocese announced 4/15/15 after L.A. archdiocese reviewed case and said, since there appeared to have been no settlement and Wadeson was not convicted, Wadeson was "a priest in good standing."

Fr. Alphonse W. Wagner

Ordained: 1944
Status: Accused

Died: 12/2/1974
Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Included on the diocese's 7/08 list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse. Accused of abuse of two male minors beginning in 1969. Died in 1974. On Green Bay diocese's list 1/17/19. Noted to have multiple substantiated allegations against him of abuse, occurring 1944-65. Ordained for Green Bay. On sick leave with permission to serve in the Davenport diocese 1966-74.

Fr. Jerome A. Wagner

Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Removed in 8/02. Was on Priest Placement Board and worked in a parish. Had been accused in 1985 of getting a 15-year-old boy drunk and molesting him. The boy's mother confronted Wagner and went to police. He stayed in his parish for eight months during the investigation before being transferred to another parish. Church said he would have no further contact with youths. Laicized after 11/26/07. Received $20K to seek laicization. Police were to receive personnel file in 2013 to investigate 2001 allegation. Went on to work as a licensed Funeral Director in Fond du Lac.

Fr. John C. Wagner

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Name included on the Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. He is shown as "awaiting assignment" per 1993 Catholic Directory and "On leave" per the 2002 Directory. Remained fully restricted from ministry as of 3/3/12. Laicized in 12/12. Personnel files released 7/13.

Fr. Richard Wagner

Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Des Moines IA

Removed 1993 when mandated reporter learned of alleged abuse of high school girl in late 1980s. Sent for treatment and placed in restricted priory setting. Previously taught at diocesan HS and had been named principal there by Bishop Dingman. No public allegations until Bishop Charron recommended laicization 9/19/03. Laicized 10/13/06. Died 2012. On diocese's list 4/4/19.

Fr. Sam Wagner

Ordained: 2014
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of New Ulm MN

Placed on leave and investigation launched after allegations in 1/17 of "inappropriate conduct" were reported to New Ulm police. Per news in 8/17 Wagner was accused of an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old girl. No charges per police in 8/17 due to lack of evidence and the inability to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Was still on leave pending Review Board investigation outcome. The girl's mother took out a restraining order in 8/17 against Wagner.

Fr. Gordon Patrick Wagoner

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Died: 09/2/2008
Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

Named publicly as accused by the Santa Fe archdiocese on its list 9/12/17. From Diocese of Lafayette IN. Assigned 1975 to Santa Fe as Director of Campus Ministry and Theology professor at Univ. of Albuquerque. Per obit, returned to Lafayette in 1983 "for reasons of health." Also did post-doc work at Univ of Chicago 1966-70, taught at St. John's College of Cleveland for a year, back to IN as History of Religions professor at Catholic Seminary in Indianapolis, while Director of Campus Ministry at Wabash College in Crawfordsville. After return to IN in 1983 did mostly Hospital chaplaincy work. Died 9/2/08.

Fr. Vincent Casimer Waiches

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Order: SVD
Ordained: 1946
Status: Accused

Died: 06/18/1995
Diocese: Diocese of Austin TX

Named publicly as accused by the Austin diocese on its list 1/31/19. Died 1995. It notes Waiches was previously a Divine Word priest, later a San Diego diocesan priest. On Jackson diocese's list 3/19/19. No information as to when accused or where or when alleged abuse occurred.

Fr. Joseph Wajda

Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Died: 04/29/2021
Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Abuse of boys allegedly began within two or three months of ordination. Two 1989 civil suits claim Wajda abused at least two boys. Both boys had sought counseling from Wajda. Both suits settled out of court in 1991, one for a "substantial" settlement. Wajda continued as a priest in administrative capacity (including on marriage tribunal) until placed on leave after the 6/02 Bishops' conference in Dallas. Permanently removed in 2003. Denied all abuse and appealed his case to review board. Included in 12/13 on the archdiocese's list of credibly accused. Personnel file from St. Paul Archdiocese released 07/9/14. Laicization announced by archdiocese 10/1/16. May have abused an altar boy while a transitional deacon in the early 1970s at St. John the Baptist in New Brighton. Died 4/29/21.

Br. Karl J. Walczak

Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Principal of Damien High School in Honolulu for 10 years. President of Brother Rice High in Chicago for 12 years. Also worked in California. Appointed principal of O'Dea High School in Seattle in 2011. Took leave in 8/12 to assist in resolving Order's bankruptcy in New York. A man filed a claim in the bankruptcy case alleging that he was abused by Walczak in 1970-71 when he was a freshman at Br. Rice in Chicago. Walczak resigned 10/31/12. Denied abuse.

Fr. Raymond Waldruff

Order: TOR
Ordained: 1953
Status: Sued

Died: 03/25/1985
Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Named in Altoona-Johnstown 3/16 GJ report. Per report, abused boy 1964-67 in Altoona diocese and monastery in Hollidaysburg. Allegations 5/16 that Waldruff raped a teen boy in Altoona, bribing him with alcohol, money and cars, and making him dress as a woman. Sent to KY 1967. Suit filed 4/02 alleging abuse by Waldruff of boy, age 11, around 1968, in Owensboro. Accuser and his parents told bishop; sent for treatment, reassigned. Transferred to WV in 1972. Sent to MA for treatment 1976. May have abused in Worcester MA, where he was sent 1979. Living in NY 1980. Dismissed by Order 1983. Died 3/25/85. On Wheeling-Charleston diocese's list in late 2018. On Owensboro's list 4/12/19, noting five allegations, two substantiated.

Fr. Edward Albert Walenga

Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Died: 11/27/1983
Diocese: Diocese of Nashville TN

First named publicly as accused on the Nashville diocese's list 11/2/18. Walenga died 11/27/83. Included on the Nashville diocese's list as of 3/6/20. Knoxville was created from Nashville in 1988.

Fr. Edward J. Walker

Ordained: 1936
Status: Sued

Died: 02/28/2002
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Monsignor. First revealed on 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Died in 2002; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 8/19 under the NY Child Victims Act of molesting a boy for a decade, beginning when the boy was age 12 in 1953 and Walker was assigned to St. Joseph's in Fredonia.

Fr. Harry Dean Walker

Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Wilmington DE and MD

Accused for the first time in 2010 in claim filed in Bankruptcy Court. A man alleged abuse by Walker when he was a 15-year-old parishioner of St. Francis de Sales parish in Salisbury MD in the 1960s. Per victim advocates, other accusers known. Walker left the Catholic priesthood in 1972. He went on to work as a youth minister beginning 1972-73 at a Wilmington Presbyterian church, then hired as Director of the Youth Action Center in Newark and youth pastor at Faith City. Prominent leader in Wilmington's Irish-American community. Continued to be often called "Rev." and/or referred to as "former Roman Catholic priest." Fighting release of personnel files 2/12. A list in 2/12 of accused priests shows he was laicized.

Fr. Murrough Wallace

Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Sacramento CA

From Ireland. Ordained for Sacramento. Monsignor. Retired pastor of St. Theresa's in South Lake Tahoe when suspended in 12/18 after a man alleged that, when he was age 17 in 1985, Wallace sexually abused him on a camp work trip. Wallace was the Director of Camp Pendola. On diocese's list 4/30/19. It shows two allegations to the diocese in 1995, each of abuse of young adult males, and the 2018 allegation. Investigation pending. Lawsuit filed in 12/19. Accused along with two other priests in a lawsuit filed in 5/22 of sexually abusing a boy, age 10, in 1965, at Holy Angels church and school in Yuba City, CA. Per the suit, a nun helped the boy and police were contacted. Murrough was reportedly deceased at the time of the filing. 


Fr. Kenneth T. Walleman

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1959
Status: Sued

Died: 09/15/2014
Diocese: Diocese of Rapid City SD

Accused in a 2003 civil suit of abuse of at least one student at St. Francis Mission, a Jesuit boarding school. Former administrator at the school. School's principal said Walleman had had a mental breakdown at another school and was sent to St. Francis, where he would have less stress. Walleman was at St. Francis Mission 1963-91 and 1992-97. Per the 2002 Official Catholic Directory, he was living in a Jesuit Community at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI (Milwaukee archdiocese). Remained there until his death 9/15/14. On Jesuits Midwest list 12/17/18. On Rapid City diocese's list in 3/19 (it erroneously shows ordination year as 1940.)

Fr. David E. Walls

Ordained: 1960
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused of 1987-1988 abuse of an adolescent brother and sister and another individual. Placed on administrative leave in 1988. Administrative leave continued 2002 with restrictions and further restrictions added 2004. Laicized 7/19/06. Died 2/21/09.

Fr. Harold A. Walsh

Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Ordained in Ireland for the Redemptorists. Worked in Davenport, Detroit, Chicago and St. Paul. A woman told Detroit in 1994 (and in 2002 and 2011) that he had abused her in the mid-1960s when she was 15 and he was assigned Holy Redeemer parish. Walsh said he had proved he was still living in a monastery in Ireland at the time. Worked in St. Paul for many years. Accused of abusing a boy there; Walsh denied the allegation. The woman received a settlement in 1996. Walsh left active ministry in 2005. Laicized 8/12/12. Taught sex education in St. Paul area until 1/31/14. Name on St. Paul and Minneapolis revised list 2/17/14.

Fr. J. Patrick Walsh

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Order: SJ
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Lake Charles LA

Named publicly as credibly accused by the U.S. Central and Southern Province Jesuits on its list in 12/21, with one allegation. Abuse estimated to have occurred 1959-60. Noted to have died in 1993. Included in 1/22 on the Diocese of Lake Charles list, where the alleged abuse occurred. Also on the New Orleans archdiocese's list.


Fr. James E. Walsh

Ordained: 1943
Status: Accused

Died: 12/3/1993
Diocese: Diocese of Santa Rosa CA

Monsignor. Ordained for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Incardinated into the Santa Rosa diocese when it was established in 1962. Died 12/3/93. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 1/12/19. It noted that he was accused in 2005 of abuse in 1965. Assigned during the time in question to St. Helena's in St. Helena CA.

Fr. James P. Walsh

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Order: SJ
Ordained: 1962
Status: Accused

Died: 04/13/2009
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Jesuits Northeast Province on its list 1/15/19. It notes allegations received in 2002 and 2004 of the abuse of a minor 1984-85. Assigned to BC High during the time of the alleged abuse. "Impeded" in 2002. Died 4/13/09. Included on the Fall River diocese's list 1/7/21; stayed 1966-68 in Dartmouth at the Jesuits' Round Hill retreat.

Fr. James T. Walsh

Ordained: 1949
Status: Sued

Died: 09/16/1970
Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA

A 3/05 civil suit alleges plaintiff was abused by Walsh. Same suit alleges that plaintiff was abused by his uncle (Msgr. Page), other priests and two separate bishops. Plaintiff was in a Texas prison for an unrelated murder when suit filed. Worcester diocese said allegations not credible. Walsh died in 1970.

Br. John D. Walsh

Order: CSC
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Rochester NY

Holy Cross brother (mis-identified in at least one news report as a Franciscan). Vice-principal of Cardinal Mooney High School in Greece, NY in 9/85 when arrested and charged with kidnapping at gunpoint two boys, ages 11 and 12, and offering them money for sex. The boys got away without physical injury. Walsh was sent to the Servants of the Paraclete in NM for treatment in 9/85. Pled guilty in 1/86 and sentenced to six months in jail. Accused in a 1/20 lawsuit against the Order of sexually abusing a Mooney High School student 1966-69. The abuse allegedly began during counseling sessions, became sadistic, and occurred many times in the school's locker room, library and rectory and at hotels.

Fr. John E. Walsh

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Salina KS

Named publicly as accused by the Salina diocese on its list 3/29/19. Single allegation of abuse occurring 1972-78 reported to the diocese in 2002. Diocese investigated. Walsh retired 2002. Died 2009. On the Wichita diocese's list of clerics with substantiated allegations 9/20/19. Worked in the diocese 1955-58.

Fr. John J. Walsh

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Order: OMI
Ordained: 1940
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

On 12/18/03 a woman reported to the Boston archdiocese that Walsh sexually abused her twice in 1973 or 1974, when she was age 13 or 14, at Sacred Heart in Lowell, MA. The archdiocese submitted the report to the MA AG and county DA. On 7/22/07 the Oblates and the archdiocese agreed to pay $60K to resolve the claim and compensate for injury. Walsh was moved often during his career, working in many dioceses. He died 4/24/81. Omitted from 2011 Boston AD database. Added to Columbus diocese's list 5/23/19.

Fr. Leonard Thomas Walsh

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1926
Status: Settled

Died: 10/15/1954
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Died 10/15/54. In 4/12, attorney Mitchell Garabedian announced the recent settlement of at least one claim regarding Walsh. Walsh was accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old MA boy in 1953. He also worked in NY, NJ, DC and CT. Name included in 10/21 on the Holy Name Province Franciscans' list of those against whom there are substantiated allegations.

Fr. Martin J. Walsh

Ordained: 1974
Status: Settled

Died: 06/21/2007
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Allegation in late 1997 of abuse of a 14-year-old boy and possibly others in about 1975. Walsh denied abuse but admitted to ongoing alcohol problems. Per an 11/03 memo, Walsh was on permanent disability as of 2002 but had asked to return to duty. File outlines his problems from 1981 through 2003. Cardinal Law told Walsh he was restricted in 11/02, but didn't follow through, so Walsh was not really restricted. Per the 8/11 Boston archdiocese list of accused, the Review Board found the allegations could not be substantiated. Died in 6/07, age 58. Included on Attorney Garabedian's list 3/28/16 of accused clerics named in civil claims resulting in settlements or arbitration awards. Settlement in 12/04 with the archdiocese regarding alleged abuse in 1975 at a Waltham parish.

Sr. Mary Geraldine Walsh

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Order: RSM
Status: Sued

Died: 10/25/1973
Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 12/21 of sexually abusing a second-grade boy at St. John's School in Bangor 1957-58, where Walsh was school principal and an 8th-grade teacher. Walsh's accuser said that she sexually abused him in the coatroom several times, after telling him that he had wet his pants and needed to take them off. The man also said he and his classmates were regularly spanked by teachers on their exposed buttocks in front of the class. Walsh died in 1973, age 86.


Br. Michael Walsh

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Order: CFC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Deceased. A member of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers (also called Irish Christian Brothers) Walsh was accused of taking nude and sexually explicit photos of boys during a camping trip around 1986. The boys were students at Catholic Memorial School in Boston. Walsh's name was included on a list of Christian Brothers identified in at least two sexual abuse claims. The list was a requirement of the Order's 2013 bankruptcy settlement agreement.

Fr. Milton T. Walsh

Ordained: 1978
Status: Charges Dropped

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Francisco CA

Accused in 1984 of abuse of a 13-year-old boy. Reported immediately to Archbishop Quinn. Cardinal Levada later allowed Walsh to remain active as teacher at seminary at Menlo Park until 8/02. Criminal charges filed 10/02; dropped 7/03 after U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Walsh had admitted his behavior and apologized to his victim during a phone call secretly taped by police. Victim filed suit; settled in 2003. Discovered by news outlet in 9/19 at a a celebration officiated by the archbishop of the opening of a proposed Benedictine monastery on the grounds of a parish in Taos NM. Walsh reportedly had been planning to move into the monastery, which is across the street from a public elementary school.

Fr. Oliver T. Walsh

Ordained: 1960
Status: Accused

Died: 01/15/1975
Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

From Ireland. Died in 1975. Walsh's name appeared on Joliet diocese's list of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors as revised 3/12/13. The allegations were received after his death and thus were shown on the list as "unresolved."

Fr. Patrick J. Walsh

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Order: MSC
Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Antonio TX

First named publicly as accused on Little Rock diocese's 9/10/18 list. Worked in diocese 1976-87. Suspended by Order in 2004. Died in 2011. One known victim. Per news in 2/19, a 60-year-old man told the archdiocese 2/1/19 that Walsh abused him 50 years prior, when he was an altar boy at St. Anthony's in San Antonio TX. (The 1970 Official Catholic Directory, which reflects 1969-70, confirms Walsh was there.) He said Walsh would fondle him and give him money repeatedly over a two-year period. He said he confronted Walsh 30 years prior, and that the priest both denied the abuse and asked for forgiveness. On the Covington diocese's list 7/31/20; assigned in 1971 to Christ the King in Lexington. On Lexington's list in 8/20, noting he was at Lexington Catholic High 1971-74 and that there are two, possibly three, known victims in Lexington. Walsh would take children to a lake house.

Fr. Peter M. Walsh

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Order: OFM
Ordained: 1982
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Arrested 1993 in NJ. Convicted 1994 on five counts of child endangerment - for exposing himself to children - in Lyndhurst NJ. Sentenced to five years probation; ordered to have a chaperone whenever he was in a car. In 6/04 a man reported to the Manchester NH diocese that Walsh fondled then masturbated him for 3-4 months between 1987-1988. Walsh was assigned to St. Thomas Aquinas in Derry at the time. Walsh denied these allegations.

Fr. William J. Walsh

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington DC and MD

In 1996 five of Walsh's nieces told the Jesuits that Walsh sexually abused them hundreds of times as children in the 1940s-60s, when they were ages 5-14. Walsh was teaching in China in 1996. He was recalled, assigned to the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown Univ, and sent to treatment. The women made their allegations public in 1998 because the Order had not removed their uncle. Placed on leave. Per the Order's MD Province, there were credible allegations against Walsh 1950s -1980s. After his removal in 1998, he lived until 2010 at Ferdinand Wheeler House in Baltimore, then the Colombiere Jesuit Community until his death at age 95 in 12/18. On the province's list 12/17/18. Added to Baltimore archdiocese's list in 2/19.

Fr. William M. Walsh

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Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

One case settled in 2007. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian stated that he represented a man who alleged he was abused a dozen times by Walsh at age 12 in 1985-86, at St Joseph's in Hyde Park. Some abuse in St. Joseph's, and at Blessed Sacrament in Jamaica Plain and in New Hampshire. Documents in file also allege abuse at Blessed Sacrament and St. Mary of the Annunciation Church in Danvers. 'Third-hand' allegation investigated in 1980; deemed unsubstantiated. Second investigation in 1991. At least two letters sent to the archdiocese after 1/01 contained allegations but no formal complaints. Review board found in 2003 that anonymous accusations were not cause to suspend. Personnel file released in 1/04. In late 2003 or early 2004 a person came forward with specific allegations; placed on leave pending further investigation. Voluntary laicization announced 7/19/11. Included on the archdiocese's list in 8/11.

Fr. Charles W. Walter

Ordained: 1974
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Included on Archdiocese's 7/04 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of abuse. Last assignment was at St. Francis Cabrini Parish (West Bend) from 1987-93. Settlement paid to survivor in 1993. Was "on leave" 1993-94 and on "sick leave" 1994-99. Retired in 1999. Worked as supply priest. Privileges restricted in 2002. Remained fully restricted from ministry per 3/3/12 statement.

Fr. Raymond Frederick Walter

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Order: CSsR
Ordained: 1941
Status: Accused

Died: 03/11/2003
Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Religious order priest who worked in the St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese 1964-1978 and 1981-1989, at St. Alphonsus in Brooklyn Center. Name appears on list of priests with credible allegations of abuse of minors released by the Archdiocese 12/5/13. Permanently removed from ministry in 2003. Died 3/11/03.

Fr. Michael Walters

Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

"Mitch." Allegations to archdiocese in 8/15 that Walters abused a boy and a girl in the early 1980s while assigned to St. Cassian in Montclair. Not suspended until 10/15. One accuser said Walters fondled and kissed him repeatedly as a 12-year-old altar boy in 1982; the other claimed Walters molested her at ages 13-14. Walters denied the accusations. Another woman publicly accused Walters of molesting her twice when she was age 13. Criminal investigation underway 7/16 of allegations he sexually abused a boy in the 1990s at St. John Nepomuce in Guttenberg. This accuser filed suit 8/17/16. His attorney said he was representing six Walters victims allegedly abused 1982-94, ages 8-14. Two more suits filed 10/16. Judge in 10/17 found probable cause to file charges. Five cases settled in 1/19. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Permanently removed from ministry. Accused in a 7/20 lawsuit of participating with Cardinal McCarrick and other priests in a sex ring involving children.

Fr. Bernard Waltos

Order: OFM Conv
Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Died: 12/16/1992
Diocese: Diocese of San Bernardino CA

First named publicly as accused on the San Bernardino diocese's list 10/9/18. Assigned to Queen of Angels in Riverside 1981-91. Abused alleged to have occurred 1984-90. Waltos died 12/16/92. Per diocese, it was made aware of the allegations in 1994. Named in 1992 lawsuit by victim of convicted priest Dennis Jost.

Fr. Ronald E. Wamsher

Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA

Four brothers complained to the Diocese in 2002 that they were abused by five priests, including Wamsher, 1967-83. Three of the four alleged abuse by Wamsher. They filed suit in 2003. Wamsher denied all allegations. Not placed on leave until 4/04. Another suit filed in 8/04. The Diocese announced in 5/05 that the allegations were credible and Wamsher's privileges were removed in accordance with Dallas norms. Three claims were settled in 11/08 as part of a $4.5M settlement. Canonical Trial ordered. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused. (It notes his removal was in 2002; per news in 2004, Wamsher was taken out of his parish in 2002 after the allegations and was given a position on the diocesan tribunal.)

Fr. Bernard Ward

Order: CPPS
Ordained: 1977
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Santa Rosa CA

Left priesthood in 1979 or 1980. Went on to marry and have children. Became a radio talk show host. Indicted in 12/07 on federal internet child porn charges. His attorney said the images were for a book Ward was researching three to four years prior. He reportedly emailed child porn images to a woman who immediately turned him over to police and the FBI. Originally pled not guilty. Pled guilty in 5/08 to one count. Per 5/08 articles, abuse was alleged when he was an active priest. Sentenced 8/08 to seven-plus years. Released from prison in 12/14. On Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19.

Fr. Daniel J. Ward

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1971
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

As of 10/12, five men and two women have made complaints against Ward dating back to 1970s and his assignment at St. John's College and at St. John's Prep School. He has been accused of unwelcome advances, kissing, and threats of failing them in class. At least one accuser was a minor and others were college students. In 2012 Ward was Executive Director of Resource Center for Religious Institutes(RCRI) in MD. Ward was to step down from his position in late 2013 for a sabbatical.

Fr. Donal D. Ward

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Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Burlington VT

Placed on leave 5/02 after being identified as active priest with past accusations of abuse of minor. In 9/02 Attorney General referred to one priest who "groomed" a young man until he was 17 (legal age), then began a sexual relationship with him. On 9/26/02 Ward admitted in statement to a consensual sexual liaison with a young adult male. He resigned from parish but denied grooming, saying instead that the youth had been sexually active for several years before he began the relationship. Resigned and faculties revoked 10/4/02. Died 2/20/18. On the diocese's list of credibly accused 8/22/19.

Fr. Edward F. Ward

Ordained: 1928
Status: Sued

Died: 02/18/1997
Diocese: Diocese of Portland ME

Monsignor. Accused in a lawsuit filed in 12/22 of sexually abusing a 9-year-old altar boy at St. John's in Bangor in 1966. Ward died in 1997, age 96. Ward's accuser claims the abuse happened multiple times, and that the school principal, who was a nun, walked in on them on one occasion. The man said he told the principal about the abuse a few days later and she slapped him on the hands and chastised him for lying.


Fr. Robert A. Ward

Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Archdiocese knew in 1995 that Ward used cocaine and had been treated for drug abuse. Computer technician found child porn on his computer in 6/99. Evaluated and placed on leave; reassigned to the archdiocese development office in 1/01. In 2/02 a man alleged abuse when an altar boy in the mid-1970s; Ward was suspended. Voluntary laicization in 2004 announced in 2005. Living in Pembroke, MA as of 10/08. Boston AD database in 8/11 says case concluded canonically.

Fr. Thomas J. Ward

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Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph MO

Suspended in 1993 or early 1994 for nine months. Reinstated. When he was reassigned in 1994, the bishop wrote to parishioners that Ward's evaluation "gave no reason to believe that the allegations might be true." A 1994 civil suit alleged Ward abused a boy for 10 years, beginning when the boy was 14. Suit settled 1999 for $20K. "Retired" in 1996; continued to be active part-time. Claims settled 8/08 as part of $10M settlement involving 12 priests. Died 11/4/12. On the diocese's list 9/5/19, with multiple substantiated allegations noted.

Fr. William G. Ward

Ordained: 1950
Status: Sued

Died: 07/2/2008
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Accused publicly by the Buffalo diocese on its list 3/20/18. Died in 2008. Named in a lawsuit in 8/19. Included on the Raleigh diocese's list 10/22/19; the 1951 Catholic Directory lists him as a Buffalo priest assigned to St. Leo's in Winston-Salem. The Raleigh list notes alleged abuse in 1955 outside the diocese, reported in 2019. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19. It notes that Ward was ordained for the Raleigh diocese, where worked briefly. By 1952 was working in the Diocese of Buffalo. Abuse alleged to have occurred in NY 1955-56 and 1966-71. Suit in 10/19 claims abuse late '60s-early '70s of an altar boy in NY, age 12 or 13. Suit in 6/21 claims abuse 1963-67 of a NY minor, ages 13-17.

Fr. John F. Warner

Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

Bishop Murray removed Warner from his assignment as pastor of Saints Philip and James Parish in Canal Fulton in 10/11 after allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor more than 30 years previously. Warner was assigned to Saint Edward Parish in Youngstown at the time. Diocesan review board found allegation credible. Warner denied the allegations. In 2013, Diocese said he was living in another state under supervision. On diocese's list 10/29/18.

Fr. Chester John Warren

Order: OSFS
Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

"Chet." Accused of abusing more than 10 girls, in what Bishop Blair in 2005 called "grievously sinful and criminal acts." Ritual abuse alleged. Settlements exceed $1.2M. Expelled from order in 1993. Barred from a parish and school by court order in 8/06 after families complained that he was showing up at all hours, sometimes in clerical garb, despite agreement to attend at only certain hours. Laicized in 2007. Included on the Detroit archdiocese's list of credibly accused 6/10/19, where he worked 1974-78. Reportedly died in 2021.

Br. James V. Warren

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Order: CFC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Seattle WA

Deceased. A civil suit filed in Seattle in 1/04 by three plaintiffs alleged extensive sexual and physical abuse by seven members of the Irish Christian Brothers, including Br. Warren, at the Briscoe Memorial School for Boys in Kent WA in the 1940s-60s and at O'Dea High School. Briscoe was owned by the Archdiocese and run by the order. Other men have come forward with stories of their own to support these allegations. Name included on the order's list of former and deceased brothers with at least two claims of sexual abuse against them, as required by its bankruptcy settlement in 2014.  Name also on the Seattle archdiocese's list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Briscoe Memorial 1931-44.

Fr. Freddy Washington

Order: CSSp
Ordained: 1992
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Diocese of Charleston SC

Pastor of St. Mark the Evangelist parish in Harlem in the NY archdiocese when arrested in 6/17 for sexual abuse in 1982-84 of two boys, ages 10 and 11-14, at St. Patrick's church in Charleston. Washington was an 18-year-old lay person and volunteer at the time of the alleged abuse. The boys were in training to be altar servers. Abuse was said to have included fondling and oral copulation. The Charleston diocese learned of the allegations in 2/16 and contacted the Rockville Centre diocese. The Charleston diocese contacted Charleston police in 9/16. Former pastor of two Chicago parishes. Listed on Xavier University in New Orleans' website in 6/17 as associate professor of pastoral theology. Included in 10/22 on the Chicago archdiocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. William F. Waters

Order: OSA
Ordained: 1971
Status: None

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Accused publicly in 4/19 of the abuse of a boy, ages 8-10, in 1987-90. His accuser said he was also abused at age 10 by Rev. Peter Gori, O.S.A. in 1990. Both priests were at either St. Augustine's in Lawrence or Andover. Waters denied the allegations. He had been transferred several years earlier to the the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In 4/20 the order announced that an independent investigation found no evidence to support the allegations and that Waters would be reinstated. Gori was also exonerated and returned to ministry.

Fr. Joseph R. Watt

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Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Died: 08/13/2002
Diocese: Diocese of Monterey CA

Per the Official Catholic Directory, Watt was ordained for the Trappists and worked at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, known as Fr. M. Marion Watt. Appears to have left the Order and Abbey by 1965, assigned that year in the Diocese of Monterey-Fresno, as Fr. Joseph R. Watt. Accused in a lawsuit sometime between 2020-2022 of sexually abusing an altar boy in the mid-1970s. Watt was the lone priest during that time of Holy Eucharist in Corralitos. The suit claims Watt took the boy to gay bars in San Francisco, got him drunk and told him, "don't tell your parents or I'll cut your balls off." Watt was accused, along with Fr. Michael Marini, in a lawsuit that settled in 1985 of plying a man with drugs to get him to engage in sex acts. Both priests were assigned to St. Joseph's in Capitola during the time in question. News sources in 3/85 said both men would be leaving the parish - Watt for a long sabbatical and vacation, and Marini because of "stress." There was no mention of the lawsuit or allegations.


Fr. Patrick Wattigny

Ordained: 1994
Status: Charged

Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

Wattigny was pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist in Slidell, since 2013, when he told archdiocesan officials on 10/1/20 that he sexually abused a minor in 2013. Removed from assignment, law enforcement notified. About four months prior Wattigny resigned from Pope JP II High School, where he was chaplain, after sending a male student inappropriate texts. Sent for psych evaluation. Other assignments included chaplain at Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie for over ten years until 5/13, and pastor of St. Benilde in Metairie 2000-13. Arrested in Georgia later in 10/20. Added to the archdiocese's list in 12/20. Charged in 3/21 with molesting a minor, age 15, 6/1/13-8/31/14. Pleaded not guilty. Subject of FBI investigation in 2022. Arrested again in 10/22 for the alleged abuse of an elementary school-aged boy years prior.

Fr. Charles A. Weber

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1945
Status: Accused

Died: 04/14/2000
Diocese: Diocese of Greensburg PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Died 2000. Allegation to diocese 5/11/15 that Weber sexually abused an 11- to 13-year-old boy in the early 1980s, at St. Gertrude's in Vandergrift. The alleged victim said that Weber had given a lecture to children about "impure thoughts and actions," and that afterward, when the two were alone, the priest fondled the boy's genitals.

Fr. David C. Weber

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Weber, a member of Bishop Pilla's "inner circle," was placed on leave in 4/02 because of past allegations that he sexually abused a 16-year-old boy. His name was not released on public list until diocese was pressured by the press. He was one of several priests who asked a judge to block the diocese from turning past medical records over to the prosecutor's office. Charges against Weber were investigated by a grand jury in 2002. Laicization announced 8/19/16. Included on the diocese's list of credibly accused in 6/19.


Fr. John Anthony Weber

Ordained: 1945
Status: Sued

Died: 02/22/2000
Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

First named publicly as accused on the New Orleans archdiocese's list 11/2/18. Allegation of abuse received in 2005 of abuse in the 1940s. Incardinated into the Baton Rouge diocese when it was formed in 1961. Retired in 1995. Died in 2000. On Baton Rouge diocese's list in early 2019. It notes an allegation received in 3/96 of abuse in 1956, while assigned to Assumption of the BVM in Plattenville. Suit filed in 3/22 with claims of abuse of a boy 1975-76, beginning when the boy was age 13, at St. Charles Borromeo in Baton Rouge.

Fr. Walter M. Weerts

Ordained: 1960
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL

Pleaded guilty in 1986 to abuse of three boys. Sentenced to six years in prison. Pre-sentencing report says Weerts was sexually involved with boys for at least 18 years and officials knew of his problems. Served about three years. Laicized during or shortly after release from prison. Diocese settled with three in 1987. Laicized 3/2/89. Settlements of eight more claims in 2004 for total of $1.2M. New suit filed 11/07 alleged abuse 1968-1970. On diocese's list released 11/29/18.

Fr. Justin K. Weger

Order: OSC
Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Died: 01/15/2005
Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

Worked in MN 1953-72, IN 1973-74 and in Phoenix and Tucson until 1976. Removed from ministry without faculties in 1976. Director of Tribal Lodge 1977-2002. Weger and 7 other Crosiers were removed in 10/02 for past abuse of minors. Per summary report of 2002 third party investigation of Crosiers, Weger, who was retired and living in Phoenix, would be living under restriction at a long-term care senior housing facility. He died 01/15/05. Name first appeared on Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis list of credibly accused 05/22/14. Added to Gallup diocese's list 12/10/18 (it encompassed Phoenix until Diocese of Phoenix was established in 1969.) Included on the St. Cloud diocese's list.

Fr. Mark H. Wehmann

Ordained: 2003
Status: Reinstated

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Removed from St. Boniface in Minneapolis 12/13 after a review of personnel file by an outside agency found references to several inappropriate incidents with minors. Some of these were previously reported to police; no criminal charges filed. Remaining incidents reported to authorities. Also served as part-time chaplain at Fairview University Hospital and chaplain for Chisago County Jail facility. On 6/24/16 the Archbishop announced Wehmann's return to public ministry, as recommended by the Ministerial Review Board. He referred to Wehmann's "immature behavior toward kids and adults" and said he had had professional counseling and spiritual direction.

Fr. Curtis Carl Wehmeyer

Ordained: 2001
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

DWI conviction in 2009. Tried to pick up teen boys. Sentenced to 90 days jail; served four days and two years supervised probation. Removed in 6/12 from parish after complaint of misconduct with two minors. Arrested 6/22/12 on charges of sexual assault. One youth told police abuse was over two years. Criminal charges filed in  9/12. Child porn charges filed in 10/12. Pleaded guilty 11/8/12. Permanently removed in 11/12. Sentenced to 5 years prison 2/1/13. Included in 12/13 on the archdiocese's list of credibly accused. New suit 1/30/14. Information from personnel file released 3/31/14. Charged in 11/14 with sex assault in WI. Laicized in 3/15. County criminally charged archdiocese 6/5/15 for failing to protect children in Wehmeyer's abuse of three minors. Civil motion filed also; settled in 12/15. Charges dropped vs archdiocese in  7/16 in settlement agreement. Archdiocese admitted wrongdoing. Three brothers abused by Wehmeyer filed suit vs the Vatican in 5/19.

Fr. William C. Wehrle

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Died: 08/25/1995
Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

Archdiocesan files show Wehrle was accused of sexual abuse in Baltimore in the mid-1980s and removed from his parish. Wehrle worked in Baltimore 1982-85. Also worked in the archdioceses of Washington DC and Omaha NE, and the Pittsburgh and Denver dioceses. He died 8/25/95. Included on Baltimore's 9/02 list of accused priests and religious. On the Jesuits Maryland Province list in 12/18, multiple allegations of abuse in Denver and Washington DC.

Fr. George L. Weibel

Ordained: 1948
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Denver CO

Named as accused in the CO A.G.'s report released 10/23/19. Alleged abuse reported in 1988 that Weibel fondled a girl at a swimming pool 1969-72, and that he similarly abused her and her friends on ice-skating trips. In 2014 the archdiocese received a report that Weibel groped a girl and her friend at a swimming pool when they were age 12 in 1966. In 10/19 a woman told a news outlet that Weibel groped her breasts over her swim suit when she was age 10 in 1959. He died 11/1/08.

Fr. Gregory Weider

Ordained: 1963
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Albany NY

Parish priest. Diocesan Chaplain for Scouting 1972-80. Chaplain in the early 1980s for the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. Weider retired in 2010 and was working in 2021 as a sacramental minister at Sacred Heart in Margaretville and St. Anne's in Andes. He was placed on leave 8/14/21 due to an allegation in a lawsuit filed 8/7/21 under the NY Child Victims Act that he sexually assaulted and abused a boy, age 14, 1977-78 at St. Mary's in Coxsackie. The boy was a foster child living with a family that attended the parish. Weider was previously accused in two other claims, in 2004 and 2010, and was kept in ministry. In 5/22 the diocese announced that it would add Weider to its list of credibly accused.


Fr. John George Weisenborn

Order: SCJ
Ordained: 1939
Status: Settled

Died: 10/29/1991
Diocese: Archdiocese of Santa Fe NM

Member of MA-based Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary. Caught three times in 1964 by Washington, DC police having sex with boys before he was sent to NM for treatment. Lived at Via Coeli Center, allowed to work in parishes. Later assigned full time as parish priest. A man filed suit 10/11 against Santa Fe AD and Paracletes, claiming abuse by Weisenborn for three years in the 1960s while at St. Francis Xavier in Albuquerque. Settled 11/12. In residence at a parish per 1989 Directory. Died 1991. New lawsuit filed 5/15 in Albuquerque alleging abuse of a boy repeatedly at St. Francis Xavier, beginning in 1968. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese's list 9/12/17.

Fr. David P. Welch

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Died: 06/17/1986
Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA

Monsignor. A man filed a civil suit in 2/04 alleging that he was sexually abused by Welch (spelled Walsh) for three years in the early 1950s, when Welch was in charge of St. Michael's High School. Welch, who died in 1986, was editor of the Diocese's newspaper and executor of Bishop Weldon's estate. Conflict in 2003-2004 that Welch, as executor, may have destroyed Diocesan personnel files relating to abuse accusations within the Diocese. One claim settled in 8/04 and two in 2008.

Fr. Leo Patrick Welch

Ordained: 1952
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Accused in a 2002 lawsuit of abuse of at least two boys 1959-61, while assigned to Immaculate Conception in Bellevue. Said to have abused boys at his cabin with a pond in Bono, OH. One victim said Welch abused him when he was ages 12-14, and that when he was 15 he told the pastor. Welch reportedly was transferred after other victims came forward. Left active priesthood in 1965. Became a certified social worker in 1974. Admitted the abuse in 2002. Fired in 2002. Died in 1/16.

Fr. Richard Joseph Welch

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Ordained: 1925
Status: Accused

Died: 12/31/1969
Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 6/2/21. Allegedly sexually abused a minor 1948-1952, while assigned to Notre Dame in Pittsfield. Transferred to the Diocese of Columbus OH in 1953, where he died 12/31/69.

Bishop Christopher J. Weldon

Ordained: 1929
Status: Sued

Died: 03/19/1982
Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA

NY priest. Bishop of Springfield 1950-77. Accused of knowing of many abusers in diocese. Died in 1982. Accused in a 2005 lawsuit of abuse of a boy, ages 11-16. Accuser claimed he was abused by his uncle (Msgr. Page), several other priests, Weldon and another bishop. Accuser was in a TX prison for an unrelated murder when suit filed. Diocese said not credible. In 9/18 the Diocesan Review Board deemed credible an allegation that Weldon raped a 9- or 10-year-old boy in the early 1960s. The alleged victim said he was also abused by Revs. Edward Authier and Clarence Forand, also deemed credible. Victim sued in 1/21. Weldon is said to have interfered as bishop in the  investigation into the murder of an altar boy in 1972 by Rev. Richard R. Lavigne. In 6/20, independent investigator Peter Velis released a report, stating that he found abuse allegations against Weldon "unequivocally credible." Added to diocese's list of accused 6/2/21.

Fr. Bruce Wellems

Order: CMF
Ordained: 1986
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Admitted to his Order in 1995 that when he was age 15, he sexually abused a 7-year-old boy multiple times. His victim had come forward to the Chicago archdiocese. Wellems was sent for assessment and treatment, then allowed to return to ministry in 7/96. He was working in Los Angeles in 2014, as prefect of the apostolate for the Claretians, when removed by Archbishop Gomez, who had become aware of Wellems history of abusing a child. He returned to Chicago and in 3/15 resumed work with at-risk youth. He was removed after a few months after an investigation by the Dept. of Children and Family Services of Wellems' history. His victim sued the Claretians and received a settlement. Wellems left the Order and requested laicization. In 10/22 Wellems' name was included on the Chicago archdiocese's list of credibly accused.


Fr. John W. Wellinger

Ordained: 1970
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

Sent to St. Luke's in MD 2/86 for issues including substance abuse. In 10/87 gave drugs and alcohol to an 18-year-old parishioner, who was hospitalized as a result. Concerns in 1989 from parishioner about his giving teens alcohol and drugs, and young men staying at the parish house. Sent to St. Michael's in St. Louis MO in 1991 after trying to perform oral sex on a 24-year-old man without consent. Sent to St. Luke's 9/29/94-3/27/95. Personal leave 6/95. A few months later a young man alleged Wellinger sexually abused him at age 11 in 1989, then another report of abuse of a 13-year-old boy in 6/91. In 3/03 the diocese said Wellinger was "withdrawn from ministry." Suit filed 2004. Claims included in Diocese's 9/07 $1.25M settlement with 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Died in 2011. Report 9/12 of abuse of 11- or 12-year-old altar boy in 1981 or 1982. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.

Fr. John Wells

Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Died: 12/28/1972
Diocese: Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau MO

Ordained for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Incardinated 1964 into the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Died 12/28/72. Diocese announced in 2/19/18 that it had received an allegation that Wells sexually abused a minor in the late 1960s. He was assigned during that as pastor of St. Joseph's in Advance and St. Anthony Mission in Glennon.

Fr. Robert J. Wells

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Order: CSsR
Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Died: 04/20/1992
Diocese: Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau AK

Accused of abuse of a girl, ages 10-18. She notified the archdiocese in1992, shortly after Wells died. His name not made public until 2004. The woman filed suit 12/05 and her claims were Included in 8/06 settlement with the archdiocese. Included on the archdiocese list of credibly accused 1/16/20. It notes sexual misconduct with a minor 1977-86. Wells died in 1992.

Fr. Joseph L. Welsh

Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Died: 02/8/2019
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Per docs released in 9/02, officials were warned in 1993 and again in 2001 that Welsh had abused children in two parishes. He was nonetheless promoted in 1997. One woman complained in 1993 that Welsh had raped her son. Another mother wrote to the archdiocese in 2001. Removed 2/02 and resigned 3/02 "as requested" after three brothers complained of abuse over a 20-year period. Welsh was in seminary with five other known abusers. Last known to be living in Carver, MA. Assigned to life of prayer and penance 2004. Included on the archdiocese's list in 8/11. Died in St. Louis MO 2/8/19.

Fr. Richard J. Welsh

Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Died: 02/22/1971
Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Included on the Davenport diocese's Creditors Committee website in 2007 as having credible allegations against him. On the diocese's 7/08 list of credibly accused. Accused of abuse of six boys, beginning in 1962. Died in 1971.

Fr. Michael Edwin Wempe

Ordained: 1966
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of abuse of 13 during 1972-95, per archdiocese. Sued several times in 2002-03. Original criminal charges dropped due to 2003 CA Supreme Court ruling. Re-arrested in 2003. Convicted on one count in 2006. Sentenced to three years in prison in 5/06. Included in 12/06 $60M settlement. Laicized in 2006. Settlement in 2020 in the low six figures of a claim of abuse of a boy, ages 14-15, in 1974-75 while assigned to St. Jude's in Westlake Village. The archdiocese's list in 12/21 shows Wempe to be deceased.

Fr. Louis E. Wendling

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Ordained: 1939
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Multiple allegations of the sexual abuse of girls. One claim against Wendling included in March 2008 $4.7M settlement with Dubuque involving claims against 9 priests. One woman claimed she was abused by Wendling in 1947. Diocesan review board and Archbishop Hanus decided allegation had not been substantiated. Died 9/25/69. At least one more claim included in 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims.

Fr. Pirmin George Wendt

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Order: OSB
Ordained: 1924
Status: Settled

Died: 08/15/1982
Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

One of 10 individuals included in a 3/11 settlement by St. John's Abbey of Collegeville. All of the accused taught at St. John's Preparatory School or were assigned to parishes in St. Cloud. Wendt died 8/15/82. As part of settlement, the Abbey to release the names of 17 individuals with credible allegations against them. Name is included on list released by Abbey 12/9/13 of those monks likely to have offended against minors. Name added 11/3/17 to St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese list of "priests and religious brothers who have served or spent time in the archdiocese and have substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor against them."

Fr. Laurin J. Wenig

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Multiple allegations of the sexual abuse of minors. Per the archdiocese, it first received a report in 1992 of nude swimming with a 15-year-old in 1978-79; same alleged victim reported again in 2002, and said in 1981 there was nude swimming and "stroking stomach." The D.A. said "no sexual assault had occurred." Removed from St. Mary's Visitation in Elm Grove in 2/11 after an allegation  that he molested a minor in the 1970s. Wenig denied all allegations in a letter to parishioners. No criminal charges filed due to the statute of limitations. Archdiocese was conducting its own investigation. Additional accusers came forward to report incidents having occurred in 1973-75, 1965, 1972, and 1981. Cases too old to prosecute. Matter sent to Vatican for review. Voluntarily laicized in 6/15. New report in 2021 of abuse by Wenig in the early 1990s.

Fr. Lawrence P. Weniger

Ordained: 1934
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

Accused of fondling several boys in mid-1960s at Sacred Heart school and church in Luzerne. Was editor of Catholic Light, the diocesan newspaper. One accuser said believed the diocese knew about Weniger's behavior at the time. Msgr. Weniger died 7/11/72. Bishop Timlin admitted in 2002 that several allegations had been received after Weniger's death. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Included on the diocese's list 8/19/18.

Fr. Carl C. Wernet

Ordained: 1932
Status: Sued

Died: 04/27/1980
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

In 1992 a woman came forward to allege abuse as a child by Wernet. She said father had confronted Wernet and he admitted the abuse. Diocese denied everything. She tacked up posters and seven other women came forward. The eight women filed suit in 9/03, alleging abuse 1953-1967. Suit dismissed in 2/97 on statute of limitations. Twenty-one more accusers, women and men, came forward. Wernet's personnel file was destroyed when he died in 1980. At least one parent had complained to the diocese earlier. Included on the diocese's list 6/21/19.

Fr. Felix Werpechowski

Ordained: 1929
Status: Accused

Died: 01/22/1972
Diocese: Archdiocese of Hartford CT

Named publicly as accused by the Hartford archdiocese on its list 1/22/19. On Norwich diocese's list 2/22/19. Retired 5/31/71. Died 1/22/72, prior to receipt of allegations. Per a 2019 report commissioned by the diocese, there were three allegations, of abuse of boys ages 5-14, occurring 1946-51.

Fr. Gerald Wertz

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1988
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Civil suit filed 2/24/11 accuses Wertz of abuse of a 15-year-old boy at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower 1993-94. Wertz was a teacher and counselor at the school at the time of the alleged abuse. The boy reported the abuse at the time; Wertz was not disciplined. Said to be to be living in 2011 at the Salesian Provincial Residence in San Francisco (1 block away from Cathedral school). On Los Angeles archdiocese's updated list 12/6/18. It notes report to the archdiocese in 2018 of incident(s) 1993-94.

Fr. David F. West

Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Archdiocese announced in 12/15 a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a male minor in the 1970s by West, who died in 2004 at age 65. Per the announcement West served in about 20 parishes. Included on the archdiocese's 6/10/19 list of credibly accused.

Br. Paul West

Order: OFM
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Jackson MS

The Jackson diocese announced 7/29/18 a credible allegation that West had sexually abused a minor while working at St. Francis of Assisi in Greenwood; teacher and principal there 6/93-11/98. On diocese's list 3/19/19. Abuse reported in 1998 and 2018. Accused of abuse of two brothers and their cousins starting when they were ages 9 and 10 and St. Francis students in the mid- to late 1990s. The abuse reportedly included rapes and beatings. One of the three also alleged abuse by Bro. Donald Lucas, OFM. One boy told church and police in 1998; West was sent for a psych evaluation. He taught 4th and 5th grades at St. John's in Little Chute, WI 1999-2010. Left Order in 2002. Franciscans settled with two accusers for $15K.The alleged victims filed a federal suit in 11/19 claiming the order pressured them into a small settlement requiring their silence. Indicted in 8/20 in MS. Pleaded not guilty. Charged also in WI. Suit in 6/21 claiming racial discrimination. Convicted 4/13/22. Sentenced to 30 years on one count and  an additional 15 years on a second count.

Fr. Michael Howard Weston

Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Newly identified as abuser in Chicago Archdiocesan Report of 3/23/06. Resigned in 9/93. Laicized in 10/09. Personnel file released in 1/14 shows he was working in Chicago in the 1970s when at least one allegation was received; no action by Archdiocese. In 2003, Review Board found allegations credible. Later worked as chaplain for Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo Valley College. Subject of settlement(s), per Attorney Garabedian in 4/22.


Fr. Robert Carroll Wheatley

Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Died: 10/7/2013
Diocese: Diocese of Owensboro KY

First identified publicly as accused on the 4/12/19 Owensboro diocese's list of priests with substantiated allegations: 'two allegations deemed substantiated.' The Owensboro list of assignments for Wheatley is incomplete; e.g., it omits that he was Assistant Principal at Trinity High School in Whitesville 1976-1980; Principal of St Mary High School in Paducah 1984-1986; and Vice President for Student Affairs at Christian Brothers College in Memphis TN 1987-1988. Died 10/7/13. Included in 8/21 on the Diocese of Fresno's list of credibly accused, where he was assigned 2003-2008 as a chaplain at the Naval Air Station in Lemoore.

Fr. William A. Wheeler

Ordained: 1936
Status: Sued

Died: 10/3/1994
Diocese: Diocese of Wichita KS

In a 1996 civil suit, two men alleged that they were fondled by Wheeler several times in the mid-1950s at an El Dorado children's home. (Same suit alleges that another brother was molested by a nun and that a second priest fathered a child with their sister.) The suit was dismissed on SOL. Wheeler died in 1994. Name included on the diocese's 9/20/19 list of clerics with substantiated allegations. It notes that Wheeler's "ministry ended" in 1985. Also publicly accused in 2/20 of raping a girl who was a grade school student at Holy Cross in Hutchinson in the 1960s. His accuser said she had first been raped by a priest who preceded Wheeler at the parish.

Fr. Donald J. Whelan

Ordained: 1957
Status: Sued

Died: 01/14/1987
Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Accused in a 2/26/04 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy 1964-65, beginning when the boy was age 12. The abuse allegedly occurred in the rectory of St. John Vianney in the Bronx and on overnight beach trips, and included anal penetration. (The suit misspells the priest's name as Whalen.) Died in 1987. On archdiocese's list 4/26/19. Claims against Whelan eligible for IRCP. In 11/19 lawsuit, accused along with Auxiliary Bishop Austin Vaughan, of sexually abusing a boy in 1979 while both men were assigned to St. Patrick's in Newburgh.

Fr. Stephen Whelan

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Editor of Salesian Bulletin in 1997. Civll suit filed in 2003 by a man alleging abuse, including rape, by Whelan when he was a student at Salesian High School 1969-early 1970s. Whelan's accuser said Bro. Sal Billante witnessed the abuse and said nothing, that he told a counselor and was then chastised and threatened by the school principal. Also, that school administrator Rev. David Purdy tried to get him to commit suicide. Whelan was still active in 8/05. Civil trial started 7/7/06. On 7/19/06 jury awarded plaintiff $600K. Whelan was removed from his position after the verdict and resided at the provincial house. CA Appeals Court upheld verdict in 8/08. Removed from ministry. On the Oakland diocese's list in 2019.

Fr. Robert Whipkey

Ordained: 1983
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Denver CO

Named publicly as accused in the CO A.G. report 10/22/19. In 1998, during a four-day field trip to a camp in Florissant CO, Whipkey, as chaperone, shared a cabin with four sixth-grade boys. Their parents complained to the archdiocese that Whipkey was naked much of the time in the cabin and put shaving cream on the boys' faces while naked to wake them up at least one morning. Pastor of St. Anthony's in Sterling, Sacred Heart in Peetz, and St. Catherine in Iliff during that time. Required to receive therapy, and was sent to St. Louis for a 3-day evaluation. He first denied, then later admitted to a sexual motivation for his behavior. After a year and five months, and despite his therapist's warning, he was reassigned without restrictions to the Cathedral in Denver. Arrested in 6/07 for walking down a street nude. Placed on leave in 8/07 after publicity. Convicted in 6/08 of indecent exposure. Sentenced to five-years probation, community service, and to register as a sex offender.

Fr. Charles H. White

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

In 8/19 the diocese announced that it had deemed credible an allegation that White sexually abused a minor 1974-78, while assigned to American Martyrs Church in Queens. The allegation was made via a reporting line 3/29/18 and law enforcement was notified. During the investigation it was discovered that that another allegation had been made 2/1/99, and in 4/04 the diocese determined it was not credible. The case was reopened and, this time, the allegations were deemed credible. White was permanently removed from ministry 7/1/19.

Fr. Harold Robert White

Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Died: 11/14/2006
Diocese: Archdiocese of Denver CO

Sued in 2005 and 2006. Suits by at least 30 men and women claimed abuse by White when they were children. Archdiocese allegedly knew about White's behavior as early as the 1960s yet kept him in ministry. Sent to NM for treatment in 12/81, reassigned to a parish in 1/82. Worked in 11 parishes over 33 years. Removed in 1993. Laicized in 2004. Died 11/14/06 in Cancun, Mexico. Ten suits settled in 1/07. Others settled in 7/08. Three more filed in 7/08. Included in the CO A.G.'s report 10/23/19; it noted White to be "the most prolific known clergy child sex abuser in Colorado history" and to have likely abused at least 63 children. As a seminarian in 1958, worked at Camp St. Malo where a deaf boy disappeared and was later found dead. Two other seminarians there at the time were later found to be serial child sex abusers.

Fr. James E. White

Ordained: 1983
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Monsignor. Pastor of St. Vito-Most Holy Trinity in Mamaroneck when placed on leave in 10/19 after accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act. The allegations dated to the 1980s, when he was assigned to Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx. White denied the allegations. Died in 12/19.

Fr. John J. White

Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Died: 02/16/2004
Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Close friend, business partner, traveling companion and associate of later convicted priest Paul Shanley. White and Shanley were accused in 9/03 of abuse of the same boy in the 1970s. White moved to Thailand in 2002 and died in 2004. In 8/11 the Boston archdiocese list reported no formal determination of guilt either because he died prior to canonical or criminal investigation or it was not complete at his death.

Fr. Louis Paul White

Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Antonio TX

In 2008 a man told the archdiocese that White and two other priests molested him as a minor at San Fernando Cathedral 1978-82. In 2009 the archdiocese made the allegation public and said previous allegations had been "handled" at that time. One man filed suit 11/18/10 claiming 1976-77 abuse. Case with archdiocese settled 1/7/13. A separate Default Judgment for $181M taken against White who represented himself but did not show for the trial. On the archdiocese's list 1/31/19. It notes he was sent to treatment in 1980 after an allegation. Reassigned in 1981 and abused again. Sent again to treatment in 1986. Reassigned with restrictions. Left ministry in 1988. Laicized in 1989.

Fr. Myles Patrick White

Ordained: 1968
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Removed from ministry in 1992 after hew was seen on a 30 minute segment of a videotape having sex with a boy. He had donated the tape to a garage sale. When police arrested him, he was destroying pictures of boys. Sentenced to four years prison in 1993 in Illinois and similar sentence in Indiana. Released from prison in 1995. At least four suits settled by 11/95. Included in 4/06 on the diocese's list of credibly accused. One victim known to have died by suicide 20 years after the abuse. White died in 2012. Named in new civil suit 5/13. One of five priests named in $4.137 million suit settled 4/15.

Fr. Paul David White

Ordained: 1961
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Placed on leave in 1972 after choosing to remove himself from parish life in 1970 and to teach in a public school in Haverhill, MA. Allegations by a former altar boy received in 1996. This accuser filed suit in 6/98, claiming abuse by White 1964-71 at Sacred Heart in Bradford, MA. Suit later settled. White still teaching after information released in 1/02 but lost his job as religious education teacher at a local parish. "Voluntary" laicization announced 6/10/05. Boston AD database in 8/11 says case concluded canonically.

Fr. William F.J. White

Ordained: 1968
Status: Sued

Died: 05/27/2016
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Accused by 11 men of abuse as teens 1961-93. Suspended in 1993. Diocese had complaints in 1979. More complaints in 1987 when family reported he tried to molest two brothers the night of their father's wake. Included on 3/20/18 diocesan list. Died in 2016. Lawsuit filed 8/19 claims White raped two brothers and forced the boys to rape each other. The abuse allegedly began in 1982, when the boys were under age 11, and went on for almost 10 years. Allegedly plied the boys with alcohol and drugs and paid them to keep quiet. The family attended Annunciation parish in Black Rock. By 8/21 White was named in lawsuits by 15 plaintiffs filed under the NY Child Victims Act.

Fr. William T. White

Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Report to archdiocese in 1997 of abuse White of a 17-year-old male high school student and continuing for three years in the 1970s. Settlement in 1998 for $100K. White was working in Palm Beach, FL when accusations made. Allowed to continue working after evaluation until 2002; removed from teaching position at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL. Accused in a 2/26/04 civil suit of abuse of a boy, ages 9-11 in 1959-61 at Holy Cross parish in Manhattan. Laicized. On NY archdiocese's list 4/26/19. New suit filed 8/19 alleging abuse 1972-73 of a boy in Rye, ages 11-12.

Fr. John J. Whiteley

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Jefferson City MO

Accused in 1991 suit of abusing David Clohessy 1969-73 from about age 12. Abuse included touching the boy's genitals and lying on top of him during trips, some of them out-of-state. Allegedly abused others including Clohessy's brother Kevin, later a priest and himself accused of abuse. College chaplain from 1983; Army reserve chaplain by 1990; chancery job 1991; resigned and disappeared 1992. Case dismissed 1992 after MO Supreme Court decision on new SOL law. Reportedly became a flight attendant. Last known to be living in Naples FL, possibly moved to Miami area. Diocese gave David Clohessy $40,000 settlement 8/19/15. Clohessy asked the diocese to post names of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics on parish websites and to warn FL Catholics about Whiteley; the diocese did not meet that request. As of 11/18 Whiteley had not been laicized. On diocese's list 11/8/18.

Fr. Carlton E. Whitten

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Yakima WA

Placed on leave in 12/07 and moved from his residence at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, CA. Order investigated "an alleged recent incident of improper touching involving a 17-year-old boy while on a pastoral assignment" in White Salmon, WA. Often filled in along the western coast states for priests on vacation or leave. Included on the Jesuit West Province list 12/7/18. Noted to be still living at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, on a safety plan. Died 12/10/20.

Fr. Joseph S. Wichmanowski

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Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

Accused in a 2004 lawsuit of sexually abusing a girl for a year, beginning when she was age 12. Time-frame unclear, but possibly was while he was at St. Stanislaus in Ambridge, where he worked 12/53-6/57. He allegedly made the girl dress provocatively, gave her wine, and forced her to perform oral sex on him. The abuse allegedly occurred several times a week. Wichmanowski died in 1977. Claims included in Diocese's 9/07 $1.25M settlement with 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.

Fr. Siegfried Francis Widera

Ordained: 1967
Status: Convicted

Died: 05/25/2003
Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Convicted in 1973 in MIlwaukee for the sexual abuse of an 11-year-old boy. Other charges dropped. Sent to Orange, CA; they knew of his behavior. Indicted in 2002 on 33 felony accounts. Died by suicide in Mexico in 2003. There were 9 civil suits filed in CA and 3 in WI. WI cases dismissed on SOL; upheld by Court of Appeals in 8/06. Milwaukee settled with 9 CA Plaintiffs for $16.65M on 9/01/06. Church knew of history from ordination. Another CA case settled with Milwaukee in 3/09. Personnel file released in 7/13.

Fr. Raymond H. Wieber

Ordained: 1969
Status: Sued

Died: 08/17/1993
Diocese: Diocese of Lafayette IN

Accused of sexually abusing teen boys. Lawsuit (later dropped) claimed Wieber used alcohol and LSD in repeated and systematic sex abuse 1969-70. Ran a popular youth program during the 1970s. Warnings about his character were noted in his personnel file before ordination, but no efforts to supervise him. Granted leave in 11/92. Died 8/17/93. On diocese's list 9/28/18.

Fr. John R. Wieberg

Ordained: 1918
Status: Accused

Died: 12/14/1963
Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Worked in parishes in St. Charles County, and in several rural parishes in Advance, Charleston (later part of Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese) and Arcadia. Archbishop Carlson announced 3/16/11 that several individuals (at least 5) had come forward in recent years to accuse Wieberg of abuse almost 50 years prior. Wieberg died in 1963. One man, now 80, said he was abused in 1940 at age 9. Reports were found credible by archdiocesan review board. On the archdiocese's list 7/26/19. On Springfield-Cape Girardeau list updated 4/1/19. It notes abuse 1942-45 reported in 2004 and 2018.

Fr. William F. Wiebler

Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Died: 09/29/2006
Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Accusations of abuse reported to church in the 1970s-1980s. Retired 1991. Several suits. Some claims in Davenport's 2004 settlement. One mediated to $180K settlement. Ordered by bishop to Vianney Renewal center in 2002; left 2004, refused to return. Laicized in 5/06. Suit by 12 more plaintiffs filed 5/06. Included on the Davenport diocese's list of credibly accused in 7/08, which notes allegations of abuse of 29 boys. Also worked in Jackson MS diocese. Died in 9/06. On Jackson diocese's list 3/19/19.

Fr. Henry Wieder

Ordained: 1989
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Owensboro KY

First identified publicly as accused in 4/12/19 Owensboro diocesan list of priests with substantiated allegations: 'one allegation of sexual abuse received in 2002 involving incident prior to ordination deemed substantiated.' The Owensboro list of assignments omits Wieder's chancery position of Director of Youth Ministry, as indicated in the 1996 Official Catholic Directory. Per the list in 5/22, Wieder left active ministry in 2003.

Fr. Sylwester Wiejata

Ordained: 1996
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused of abuse of a 13-year-old girl in 2000. In treatment in 1999 and on leave by 2000. Laicized in 2002. Testimony in 2012 trial of Msgr. Lynn shows he had attraction to women, particularly married women and that the girl he admitted (to Msgr. Lynn) abusing was the daughter of one woman with whom he had a sexual relationship. Msgr. Lynn admitted at trial that he did not report to police or attempt to learn identity of the girl because he doubted the credibility of the woman who first told him about Wiejata.

Fr. Charles W. Wiggins

Ordained: 1985
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Wilmington DE and MD

Name on list of abusive priests released by Bishop Saltarelli on 11/16/06. Removed from ministry 2003; living in Norwood, PA. Civil suit filed by a woman in 6/09 alleged abuse in 1986 at St. Mark's High School. Suit dismissed in 5/10 by court for failure to timely serve Wiggins. Diocese was paying cash payments to Wiggins until 11/09; wanted to continue health benefits pending resolution of Bankruptcy. Won argument to block release of personnel file.

Fr. Wayne E. Wigglesworth

Order: SSJ
Ordained: 1967
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Worked in the Baltimore area 1960s-1980s. Met his wife when she was teenager at church. Married her when her family learned she was pregnant at 19. She found child porn on computer in 2007 and left him. He would visit her in rehab center (auto accident). Police warned him after he made improper calls to a 9-year-old boy he met there. Arrested in 8/09 in Chicago after caught in a car with a 15-year-old boy he met online. More child porn found. Pled guilty in 1/11. Sentenced in 8/12 to 10 years prison and 10 years probation.

Fr. Gordon Wilcox

Order: CSC
Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Died: 10/4/1984
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Named in a 2004 suit against Rev. Donald Eagleson, which was partially settled in 2005. Wilcox was named as an abuser of a male student in 1971 at Moreau High School in Hayward. Died 10/4/84. On the Oakland diocese's list in 2019. On the Congregation of Holy Cross list 6/12/19. It notes multiple allegations in 2003 and 2012 of abuse in CA in the 1970s. Suit filed in 11/19 by man claiming abuse in the 1970s as a Moreau Catholic High student, by both Wilcox and Br. John Moriarty.

Fr. Richard J. Wildeman

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Evansville IN

Removed in 5/02 after admitting to bishop that allegations that he fondled a 16-year-old girl on several occasions over 20 years before were "substantially true." Had been working in Haiti for two years; recalled to Evansville after his victim notified the diocese. Left active ministry 5/28/02. In 3/04 he was living in Nashville, TN. Laicized 8/17/07. On the diocese's list 2/22/19.

Br. Joseph Wilhelm

Order: FSC
Status: Accused

Died: 09/6/2011
Diocese: Diocese of Covington KY

Entered the De La Salle Christian Brothers in 1942. Took final vows in 1948. Name included on the Diocese of Covington's list 7/31/20 of those with substantiated allegation(s). Assigned to Newport Catholic High School 1963-77. Also taught in Chicago IL, St. Paul MN, Jefferson City MO, Memphis TN, Santa Fe NM, Cincinnati OH. Died 9/6/11.

Fr. James P. Wilkes

Ordained: 1950
Status: Accused

Died: 01/21/1979
Diocese: Diocese of Corpus Christi TX

In 1/23 a man stated publicly that Wilkes was his father, and that he sexually abused him and his siblings. The man said that Wilkes was part of a group of priests who would cross the river into Mexico and have "their way with" prostitutes and children. The Official Catholic Directory shows that Wilkes was an active priest 1950-1956, after which his name no longer appears. News articles show that Wilkes became Unitarian minister in 1958, having worked as of 1966 in Boston MA, Washington DC, Albuquerque NM and Dallas TX. He died in 1979 in McAllen TX.


Fr. Adreanus Johannes Willemsen

Order: CM
Ordained: 1954
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston TX

Also known as Andrew, Andy, or Andre. Named publicly as accused by the Galveston-Houston archdiocese on its list 1/31/19. Also on Austin diocese's list 1/31/19. From the Netherlands. Ordained for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Vincentians), later diocesan. A/k/a Andy, Andrew, Andre. As a Vincentian, worked briefly in Camarillo, CA then in Houston TX 1964-81. Became Austin diocesan priest 1982. Galveston-Houston diocese received allegation in 1988. Sent back to Netherlands in 1988, continued ministry there until removed in 2004, still as an incardinated Austin priest. Allegedly many victims. Died in 2012. On Vincentians' list in 2020.

Fr. Henry V. Willenborg

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Superior WI

Accused in 2009 of a 5-year affair in IL with a woman beginning in the early 1980s. Another woman came forward during that time to allege a long relationship with him when she was in high school. Order sent him to Paraclete facility for treatment for 7 months. The first woman gave birth to his son after his return. She received support from the Franciscans over the years, and made the matter public in 10/09 because the 22-year-old son had terminal cancer and she also had cancer. Diocese placed WIllenborg on leave pending investigation. Son died in 12/09. On the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese's list updated 4/1/19. Worked in New Orleans 1988-93.

Fr. Joseph Robert Willett

Ordained: 1968
Status: Settled

Died: 11/6/2001
Diocese: Diocese of Owensboro KY

Accused, along with two other priests, of abusing a girl in the 1960s. The alleged victim settled with the Diocese in 1999 for $41K. In 2003 she died by suicide. Her family returned the settlement and filed suit on her behalf, saying she didn't have capacity to enter into settlement. She had been hospitalized several times. The Diocese said she was 18 and that the relationship was 'consensual.' Willet died 11/6/01.

Sr. Stanislas Kotska Willett

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Order: SCN
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Louisville KY

In an addition to a suit 8/3/04, accused of sexually abusing a girl at St. Vincent Orphanage in Louisville, beginning in 1938 when the girl was age 6 and continuing until she was removed from the orphanage in 1943. Willett was mother superior of the orphanage 1940-44. Complainant also accused Rev. Herman J. Lammers and Sr. Frances Howard.

Fr. Henry Brendan Williams

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/13/19. Multiple allegations noted. Removed from ministry. Arrested in 9/19, charged with sexually assaulting a girl under age 13 on three occasions 1997-99. The alleged victim said that she was 12 when Williams touched her on her inner thigh and vaginal area. After news of his arrest, two more women came forward, one alleging that when she was age 12 in 1983, Williams kissed her repeatedly and patted her bottom; the other said that when she was 13 in 1983, he took her to an office to show her something, seemed to attempt to kiss her but she got up and left before he could. Both said the incidents occurred at St. Veronica's in Howell, and they were students at the parish school. Acquitted by a judge in 7/21. Williams reportedly said he planned to move to his native Ireland.

Bishop J. Kendrick Williams

Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Louisville KY

Bishop of Lexington when he resigned in 2002 after accusations by three former altar boys that he abused them when a priest of the Louisville archdiocese. Accused of abuse of another altar boy while working in the Covington diocese. Archdiocese later settled with the three men as part of a $25.7M settlement with 243 plaintiffs. No criminal charges filed. Removed from public ministry. On Louisville archdiocese's list in 2/19. On the Lexington diocese's list in 8/20. Case referred to the Vatican.

Fr. James C. Williams

Order: SM
Ordained: 1998
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Rockville Centre NY

Suspended from ministry in 5/16 by Order due to credible allegation he sexually abused a boy, who was a Chaminade High School student, in 2011. Williams was on staff 1991-2012, and President for 12 years until he resigned in 2011. Denied the abuse. Order notified the diocese. Law enforcement was notified in 2/15. Statute of limitations expired in 2013. Per his LinkedIn account 9/18 he was in the Greater NYC Area, having been a PhD student at the U. of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome 8/12-7/16. Accused in a lawsuit 8/19 of abuse of a Chaminade student, ages 14-16, in 1990-93.

Fr. Joseph N. Williams

Ordained: 1969
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Left the priesthood in the late 1970s. Became an attorney. Sentenced to life in prison without parole 12/30/08 on charges he raped an 8-year-old boy in 1992. Rape occurred at a nursing home where the boy had gone to visit family. While a priest, Williams also served as chaplain at Lorain Catholic High School. He also sexually molested a 12-year- old boy for 3 years, beginning in 1984. At trial Williams admitted to "sexual trysts" with other men and that some were with children. Lost appeal in 5/16. On the diocese's list 6/21/19. Noted to have been permanently removed from ministry.

Fr. Ronald R. Williams

Ordained: 1979
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Accused in 6/02 of getting a male minor drunk and attempting to perform oral sex on the boy. Williams was suspended and, investigative files reveal, two other men then came forward to the prosecutor. One alleged similar abuse in 1979 at age 16. The other alleged Williams fondled his bottom at age 17 in 1984. No charges filed because SOL expired. Permanently barred by Vatican from active ministry per 4/20/07 announcement. Died 7/6/10. On the archdiocese's 6/10/19 list of credibly accused.

Fr. Walter T. Williams

Ordained: 1934
Status: Accused

Died: 12/24/1983
Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay WI

Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 1/17/19. Noted to have a single substantiated allegation against him of abuse, occurring in 1952, reported after his death. Updated lists show more allegations, of abuse in 1956, 1960, 1965 and 1966. Williams died in 1983.

Fr. Alfred Willis

Ordained: 1976
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Burlington VT

Complaints from parishioners to Bishop Marshall 1978 that Willis molested their sons. Transferred twice more, accused during both assignments. Placed on leave 1980; sent to Paracletes in NM for treatment. Laicized 1985. Suit filed 2003, claiming abuse in 1970s. One suit settled 2004 for $170K. At least two suits pending 4/06. New suit 3/07. Willis previously settled with this plaintiff. Mistrial declared 6/07. New trial began 11/26/07. Another case settled 2/08 for $170K. Appealed to VT Supreme Court. New trial ordered 10/09. New suit filed Fall 2010. One case settled 1/13. Last believed to be living in VA. Suit filed in 12/18. Settled same month. Suit filed 8/19. On diocese's list 8/22/19.

Fr. Dozia J. Wilson

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Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Albany NY

Albany NY officials knew in 1976 of Wilson's alleged sexual abuse of young boys. Police ultimatum forced Diocese to transfer him to Boston after complaints about incident involving Wilson and two young boys at a motel. He was returned to Albany in 1980 after Boston complaints. One suit settled in 2003 for $500K. Another suit filed in 2004. Placed on leave 1990 and "gave up his priesthood in 1993." Worked for ten years after priesthood as a spiritual advisor at a home for troubled youth in Dobbs Ferry. Fired in 2003 after being beaten up by an 18-year-old male he had picked up in Manhattan. Omitted from 2011 Boston AD database. Two new lawsuits in 6/20.

Fr. James L. Wilson

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Ordained: 1990
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Personnel files released in 12/02 revealed that Wilson was accused in 1993 of molesting a boy in 1991-92. Wilson admitted the abuse and also said that the boy was abused by another priest, Redmond Raux. The matter was settled in 1995 for $200K. Wilson was placed on sick leave in 1993 and "voluntarily" laicized in 1998. Boston AD database in 8/11 says case concluded canonically.

Fr. Joseph B. Wilson

Ordained: 1994
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Had been a brother of the Order of Holy Cross Province with a long career as an academic, including as president of the University of Portland. Was involved in work in TX with the "bubble boy," born in 1971 with an immune disorder. Wilson was ordained a priest at age 69 for the Diocese of Scranton. Removed in 7/02 due to allegations that he had sexually abused two boys when he was a religious brother. He admitted to the abuse of one and was sent for evaluation and treatment. Settled confidentially for $250K. On Scranton diocese's list 8/19/18.

Fr. Samuel J. Wilson

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Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Died: 10/20/1986
Diocese: Diocese of Gallup NM

Worked for 33 years in the Gallup diocese. Assigned to 20 rural parishes, mostly in AZ and NM, including on the Navajo and White Mountain Apache reservations and a number of small Hispanic communities. Died in 1986. Named as abuser in court pleadings filed in 6/12. More than one accuser. Included in 12/14 on the diocese's list of credibly accused.

Fr. George Wilt

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Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

Complaints in 2000 that Wilt made unwanted advances on a woman. In 4/03, DRE at St. Bernard expressed concerns, including his touching and kissing women and girls on the mouth. A woman filed suit in 2004 alleging that in 1961, when she was 13, she was molested by Wilt when she went to him for counseling after she had been sexually abused by her father. Wilt denied the accusations. Diocese investigated and cleared him. Retired in 2003 with restricted ministry; diocese said reasons had nothing to do with child sexual abuse. Claims included in Diocese's 9/07 $1.25M settlement with 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.

Fr. Albert Wilwerding

Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Des Moines IA

Tommie Pierick and his priest uncle told Bishop Dingman in 1978 of abuse in late 1960s starting when boy was 12. Threats and gifts used; farmhouse a common venue. Diocese admits no record of 2 complaints. W removed 1981. T died by suicide 1985; W sent for treatment again in same year. T's sister went to the diocese 1993. She went public 2002; other victims then surfaced. Diocese asked for defrocking 9/19/03. T's brother sued 2/25/04. W died 9/26/04. Civil suit filed 2006; settled 2007. On diocese's list 4/4/19. It notes 25 allegations of abuse of boys, occurring late 1950s to the mid 1980s. On San Antonio diocese's list 1/31/19. Lived in diocese 1982-84. Investigated 1984 by San Antonio police for sex assault of adult male, sent to treatment in NM. Report in 2018 of abuse of boy 1983 or 1984.

Fr. William L. Winston

Ordained: 1986
Status: Guilty plea

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Episcopal priest, married with children, who became a Catholic priest about twenty years prior. Removed from ministry 11/4/04. Pleaded guilty in 2/06 to beating his wife and to abusing a then 11-year-old  boy at ages 4-7.  Said he couldn't refute the boy's claim that he touched him sexually.  Sentenced to jail for 180 days in 5/06. Laicized in 8/07.

Fr. Robert J. Winterkorn

Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Died: 06/5/2005
Diocese: Diocese of Rochester NY

Allegations of abuse beginning about 1983. Pastor of St. John the Evangeiist in 9/93 when he resigned per Bishop's request. Winterkorn had admitted to a long-term sexual relationship with a female parishioner that began when she was a minor. No criminal charges filed. Privileges removed. Assigned after canonical process to life of prayer and penance, per 6/7/12 notice from diocese. Died in 2005.

Fr. Dennis T. Wirks

Ordained: 1969
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Wirks' name was included on a list released by the Cleveland diocese in 4/02 of priests no longer in active ministry because of allegations in the past of abuse of minors. One of three accused priests who had been assigned to St. Josephs of Avon Lake. Laicized, per the diocese's list in 6/19.

Fr. Stephen Wise

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Ordained: 1979
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph MO

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 6/08 of molesting a boy at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception over a four-year period in the late 1970s. Wise left the priesthood in 1986 and later married. At least one claim was included in an 8/08 $10M settlement involving 12 priests. New civil suit filed 10/11 by a man claiming Wise abused him for two years when he was ages 10-12, and that a bishop knew of allegations against Wise before the abuse. Laicized. Included on the diocese's list 9/5/19, with multiple substantiated allegations noted.

Br. James Wisecaver

Order: SM
Status: Accused

Died: 10/17/2015
Diocese: Diocese of Monterey CA

Professed perpetual vows in 1967. Taught math and science at high schools in San Jose CA, Gardena CA, Wialuko, Maui HI. Also, Dean of Students at Chaminade University of Honolulu, Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the San Antonio TX Archdiocese, and Education Professor at Cal State University in Northridge. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 1/2/19. Report in 1997 of abuse the same year. Died 10/17/15 in San Antonio.

Fr. John W. Wishard

Ordained: 1962
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Pleaded no contest in 1980 to charge of oral copulation of a child. Sentenced to 5 years probation. Probation was terminated in 1982. Wishard returned to active ministry in 1987. The felony was reduced to a misdemeanor in 1991 and later dismissed. Served as a police chaplain. Retired in 1997 or 1998. Dismissed in 2002. Reportedly laicized in 8/02. Included in 2004 L.A. archdiocesan report. The archdiocese's list updated in 12/21 shows Wishard to be deceased.

Fr. David E. Wisniewski

Ordained: 1981
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Ogdensburg NY

Wisniewski was one of four priests removed from parish assignments in 6/02 as result of the zero-tolerance policy resulting from the recent Dallas Bishops' Conference. Wisniewski was associate pastor for about two years at Notre Dame Pharish in Malone during the mid-1980s. Diocese said all four priests had substantiated allegations against them and all had been through some form of therapy. On diocese's list 11/13/18.

Fr. Stanley T. Wisniewski

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Died: 06/27/2005
Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/18. It notes a single allegation, of abuse occurring in 1966 at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. Died 6/27/05. Included on the Cincinnati archdiocese's list list in 1/20 of those against whom there are substantiated allegations. On the Chicago archdiocese's list of credibly accused in 10/22.

Fr. Thomas J. Wisniewski

Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Accused of sexual abuse of a boy 1983-87, beginning when the boy was age 15. Placed on leave in 2002 with restrictions. Restrictions increased in 2004. Ministry permanently restricted and he was living a supervised life. Name is on secret 1994 memo from Wm. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy (released 2/27/12) regarding priests in secret archives who were guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor. Testimony about him in 2012 Msgr. Lynn trial.

Fr. Francis C. Wissel

Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Bridgeport CT

Monsignor. Per documents released in 2009, the diocese paid two men $20K each in 2004 to settle claims of abuse in late 1970s-early 1980s. The men claimed they were abused by Wissel and former Vicar General Genuario. Money was for therapy for three years and settlements referred to "disputed claims." Accusers had recently learned that the priests were still active. Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Greenwich and founder of a home for underprivileged boys in Bridgeport. Both priests denied the allegations. Per a 2019 report commissioned by the diocese, there were allegations that Wissel abused three boys, ages 12 and 13, in 1979, 1982 and 1985. The diocese did not determine the allegations to be credible. Wissel died 6/19/14.

Fr. William A. With

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Ordained: 1972
Status: Insufficient evidence

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

On 8/19 the diocese announced that an allegation that With sexually abused a minor was deemed by the Review Board to be not credible, due to insufficient evidence. The allegation had been made on 3/29/18, and reported to law enforcement. With's accuser said the alleged abuse occurred 1972-75, while With was assigned to Our Lady of the Cenacle in Queens.

Fr. Robert Witkowski

Ordained: 1961
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Retired in 2013. Restricted from public ministry in 10/18 due to credible allegations that he sexually abused minors early in his career. In a lawsuit filed in NJ in 12/19 a man claimed Witkowski, along with Rev. Thomas Ganley, abused him and other boy at St. Cecila's in Iselin, NJ in the early 1990s.

Fr. Thomas Woerth

Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Denver CO

Named publicly as accused in the CO A.G. report 10/22/19. The archdiocese received an allegation in 3/19 that Woerth sexually abused a male high school student in 1971, '72 and '73, while assigned to Holy Trinity parish in Colorado Springs and St. Mary's High School. Woerth denied the allegation. The archdiocese removed his faculties. He had retired in 2008 and moved out of state.

Fr. Benedict Wolf

Order: GHM
Ordained: 1941
Status: Accused

Died: 04/20/1997
Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Per the PA Attorney General's 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report (name spelled Wolfe), Wolf molested a 17-year-old girl in McConnellsburg PA in 1979, where he was assigned to St. Stephen's. The girl was visiting the area with her family; Wolf invited the family to stay in the rectory. He gave the girl a private room, then sexually assaulted her there during daily visits. Wolf's victim reported him to the diocese years later. On Glenmary Home Missioners list 10/11/19. Joined the Glenmary order in 1941, left in 1975 after working in PA, OH, KY, DC. Died 4/20/97. Included in 1/20 on the Cincinnati archdiocese's list of those against whom there are substantiated allegations. Added to the Owensboro diocese's list in 5/22.

Fr. Casper G. Wolf

Ordained: 1938
Status: Settled

Died: 02/1/1972
Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Monsignor. Cardinal Hayes High School teacher 1942-1969. Died 2/1/72. Subject of a 10/17 settlement as part of the archdiocese's compensation fund. On archdiocese's list 4/26/19.

Fr. James C. Wolf

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1957
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Accused in a civil suit along with Revs. Jim Buser and Gale Leifeld of molesting a student in the 1970s at a Capuchin run high school and after graduation. The plaintiff was a counselor for men abused by clergy and claimed his therapy in 1992 revealed flashbacks. Case tried in 1995. Jury decided it was not filed within the statute of limitations. Two of the priests admitted abusing other boys but not the plaintiff in this case. Included on the Capuchin Friars' list of those with substantiated allegations against them 8/19/21, which notes, "Retired/Restrict in Ministry" since 2005. Included in the MI A.G.'s 10/22 report; assigned 1963-1976 in the Marquette diocese. In 2008 a man reported to the Marquette diocese that Wolf sexually abused him over two years in the 1970s when he was ages 11-12. In 2011 a man alleged abuse by Wolf when he was 20 in 1971-72. 


Fr. Richard J. Wolf

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Order: SJ
Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Died: 06/11/1986
Diocese: Diocese of Fall River MA

Named publicly as credibly accused by the Jesuits Northeast Province on its list 1/15/19. It notes a report in 2005 of abuse occurring at an unknown time. Wolf was assigned 1960-62 to Cranwell Prep in Lenox MA and to Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River 1969-86. He died in 1986. Included in 1/21 on the Fall River diocese's list of accused.

Fr. Norman Charles Wolfe

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1979
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

"Chuck." Accused in 2005 of abusing a 14-year-old boy while assigned to Church of the Good Shepherd in Shawnee in 1976 and 1977. Order's review board found allegations "believable." Accuser also filed civil suit which was later dismissed on SOL. He later received payment of $25K. On the archdiocese's list 1/25/19. On the Capuchin Province of Mid-America's list 3/1/19. Per Salina diocese, dismissed from Order 1987.

Fr. Philip Mark Wolfe

Order: OFM
Ordained: 1980
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Convicted in 1989 of abuse of a boy. Sentenced to a year in jail and five years probation. Died by suicide in 1994. Named in Los Angeles archdiocesan report with three accusers and incidents 1975-89. A 1991 civil suit settled 1992. He was at St. Anthony Seminary. A man sued Franciscans of CA in 2001 alleging that he was abused as a minor by Wolfe in 1982 in Portland, OR when Wolfe visited his family. Suit was settled 5/02 for $10K. Named as abuser in two suits filed fall 2009. On the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/19. It notes allegations of the sex abuse of minors 1978-86 received 1988, 1993 and 2009, and that he left the order in 1991.

Fr. Robert G. Wolk

Ordained: 1966
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

Report to diocese in 1987 that Wolk sexually abused two PA brothers, starting when they were 12-year-old altar boys, and continuing over six years. Admitted in 9/87 to the "sexual relationships." Placed on leave. Sent to St. Luke's in MD for treatment.The brothers filed a police report; Wolk charged in 10/88. The two filed suit in 8/88, also accusing Revs. Francis Pucci and Richard Zula. Pled guilty in 1990. Sentenced to 2 concurrent 5-10 years in jail. May have abused one of the boys in Canada, VA, FL and OH. Report to diocese 10/03 of abuse of a boy mid-to-late 1980s at St. Thomas Moore in Bethel Park. Possibly laicized 2003. Per 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report, in 10/17 a report made to diocese of abuse by Wolk and Rev. Francis Luddy of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese. Another allegation 3/09 of abuse of a 14- to 17-year-old boy beginning 1968 while Wolk was at St. Athanasius in West View. A man in 9/10 said Wolk and Rev. Leo Burchianti abused him as a child. Suit filed 6/20.

Fr. Gary P. Wolken

Ordained: 1993
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Convicted in 2002 of abuse of a boy over a three-year period beginning when the boy was age five in about 1997. Sentenced to 15 years in prison. Tried for early release in 2006. Had abused another boy 25 years prior; not prosecuted. Sent for therapy. Civil suit filed in 4/04, settled for $1.675M. Laicized while in prison. Released after 12 years, in 2/15. On the archdiocese's list 7/26/19.

Fr. Bruce Wollmering

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

Name released to public 7/29/06. Accused in 2004 of two allegations of "sexual misconduct early in the 1980s" as reported by a former St. John's Abbey student. May have had his faculties permanently removed prior to his death 2/4/09. Named in two new suits filed in 12/09 alleging abuse in 1971 and 1984-86. Claims settled in 3/11 in conjunction with others involving the Abbey. Name included on list of monks likely to have offended against minors as released by the Abbey 12/09/13. Suit filed 4/12/16 by former St. John's Prep student claiming abuse by Wollmering and Rev. Thomas Andert 1970-71.

Fr. Steven J. Wolpert

Order: CSsR
Ordained: 1980
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

Retired priest from NY. Admitted allowing children to sleep with him while he was nude. Pleaded guilty in 2008 to 'involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 13' for abuse of an 8-year-old boy 2006-2007. Sentenced to 9-18 years in prison.

Fr. Adalbert Wolski

Order: TOR
Ordained: 1958
Status: Accused

Died: 01/3/2012
Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

On 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Wolski, with claims of sexual abuse of minors. Cathedral High School in St. Cloud appears to be his only assignment in the diocese. Spent time in Paraguay in the 1960s. Died 1/3/12 at St. Bernardine Monastery in PA, age 80. Included on the St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese's list in 10/14. Named in PA AG's 3/15/16 Grand Jury Report. Per report, abused 3 boys, ages 10-11,1963-67, at an Altoona PA parish. Said to have taken little boys into parish offices and fondled their genitals. Bishop Adamec and T.O.R. Provincial Giles Schinelli learned of allegations in 1991. Robert D'Avdersa, T.O.R. and Adamec assigned Wolski to hospital ministry. Schinelli, D'Aversa and Anthony M. Criscitelli, T.O.R. were criminally charged 3/15/16 with child endangerment and conspiracy related to the Wolski case and other T.O.R. Franciscan child sex abusers under their supervision. On Wheeling-Charleston list late 2018; there 1990-91.

Br. Terrence D. Wong

Order: SM
Status: Sued

Died: 04/19/1997
Diocese: Diocese of Oakland CA

Professed vows as a Marianist brother, Province of the Pacific, in 1958. Left the Order in 1989. Accused in a civil suit of abuse at St. Joseph High School in Alameda 1967-70. Died 4/19/97. On the Oakland diocese's list in 2019. On the Marianists' list of accused 6/24/20.

Fr. Arthur L. Wood


Fr. John J. Wood

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Died: 03/11/1997
Diocese: Diocese of Fairbanks AK

Added as a defendant in existing litigation in 10/07. Accused of abuse in Chevak, AK. Worked in rural Alaska for approximately 12 years. Claims included in 11/07 settlement with Jesuits. One pending claim shown in bankruptcy reorganization documents for Fairbanks Diocese 1/25/10. The list in 2/16 notes there were two reports of abuse by Wood. Died 03/11/97.

Br. Robert D. Wood

Order: SM
Status: Accused

Died: 12/6/2016
Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Professed vows in 1945 as a Marianist brother, St. Louis Province. Educator. Worked in MO, TX, IL. Also Canada, Japan, Peru, Mexico. Died in 2016. Included on the Marianists' 6/24/20 list of those "found to have sexually abused a minor." Location of abuse not indicated - placing him in the St. Louis archdiocese for now.

Fr. Robert W. Wood

Ordained: 1974
Status: Sued

Died: 06/24/2019
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Removed from his parish assignment in 8/03. He wrote in the parish bulletin that his removal was due to an alleged incident 16 years prior. Wood had previously worked as parochial vicar at another parish for 13 years before being transferred in 2001. Included on the 3/20/18 diocesan list as removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Accused in a lawsuit filed 9/18/19 of sexually abusing a 15-year-old in 1988 at Annunciation Parish in Elma.

Fr. William J. Wood

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Order: SJ
Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Died: 06/29/2014
Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Name quietly added, along with 23 others, to the Los Angeles archdiocese's Final Addendum posted on its website 1/31/13. Included on the Jesuits West Province list 12/7/18. It notes a report in 2002 of the sexual abuse of a minor the same year. Assigned 2000-2002 to Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles. Moved to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos 2002-2004, to Colombiere House in Los Angeles 2004-2008, then back to the Jesuit Center in Los Gatos 2008-2014. He died 6/29/14.

Fr. Thomas Wopperer

Ordained: 1964
Status: Unsubstantiated

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Placed on leave in 9/21 pending the investigation of an allegation of abuse reportedly discovered in documents filed in the diocese's bankruptcy case. Age 83 and retired when suspended. Wopperer denied the allegation. On 6/23/22 the diocese announced that the its review board found the allegation unsubstantiated and Wopperer was returned to ministry.


Fr. Paul F. Worczak

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Ordained: 1968
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Ogdensburg NY

In 4/02 a man told the diocese that Worczak molested him when he was age 11 in 1971, at Holy Family in Watertown. The priest allegedly touched the boy inappropriately and later kissed him. Worczak's accuser said there were other victims. Bishop Barbarito kept Worczak in active ministry until 3/03. Parishioners said they were not informed as to why he was removed. The diocese offered to pay for counseling (past or future) but refused to admit to liability, saying the statute of limitations had passed. On diocese's list 11/13/18. Named in lawsuit(s) filed in 8/19 under the NY Child Victims Act.

Fr. Vincent Worzalla

Ordained: 1915
Status: Accused

Died: 10/8/1962
Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Monsignor. Assigned to Holy Cross in Minneapolis 1915-1951 and Holy Trinity in St. Paul 1951-1962. Died in 1962. Worzalla's name was included on the archdiocese's list 11/3/17 of clergy with claims of substantiated abused against them.

Fr. Benjamin L. Wren

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1961
Status: Settled

Died: 07/20/2006
Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

Taught at Jesuit high schools in TX and New Orleans LA before 35-year career as Asian History and Zen teacher at Loyola University in New Orleans. Left priesthood to marry in 1996. Died in 2006. Accused in 9/16 lawsuit of sexually assaulting and raping a girl on campus hundreds of times 1978-85, beginning when the girl was age 5. Her grandmother worked at the University. Wren's accuser said he told her that if she told their "special secret" she and her family would die and go to hell. Settlement announced in 7/18. On archdiocese's list 11/2/18. On Jesuits' Central and Southern Province list 12/7/18.

Seminarian Joel A Wright

Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

Seminarian at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus OH. Arrested by federal agents in San Diego 1/29/16 on charges related to allegedly seeking to travel to Mexico to adopt and have sex with multiple female infants. Per court documents, Wright tried to adopt a baby from Mexico in 2014. His mother told news media that at least 40 dioceses and religious orders rejected his applications prior to his admission to Pontifical College. The college dismissed him after his arrest. Pled not guilty in U.S. District Court 2/25/16. Pled guilty in a plea agreement 4/13/16. Sentenced 7/1/16 to 16 years in federal prison and lifetime supervision. On diocese's list 10/31/18.

Br. William Wright

Order: GHM
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Little Rock AR

Wright was named publicly as credibly accused by the Little Rock diocese when added to its list in 2/19. Assigned to Holy Cross in Crossett AR 1982-1986. Little Rock stated that Wright was 'confirmed by the Glenmary Home Missioners as having a credible allegation during his time in AR.' On Glenmary order list 10/11/19. Added to the Jackson diocese list after the Glenmary list appeared. Wright was transferred in 1986 to St Francis of Assisi church in Aberdeen MS in the Jackson diocese to coordinate religious education in Aberdeen, with missions in Houston and Okolona. He came from Holy Cross church in Crossett AR. Joined the Glenmary order 1978, left in 2006. Glenmary states that Wright also worked in the Nashville and Owensboro dioceses. He died in 2011. Included on the Nashville diocese's list in 11/21.

Fr. Louis W. Wunder

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Ordained: 1961
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Dubuque IA

Two claims against Wunder were included in an 8/13 $5.2M out-of-court settlement involving 10 priests and 26 victims. Earliest claimed abuse occurred in 1960s, apparently during his assignments in Clear Lake and/or Dubuque. Worked at Sacred Heart in Waterloo 1969-75 and on faculty at Columbus High School 1974 through 1975. Died 1/28/90.

Fr. Camillus Wurtz

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Died: 08/16/2013
Diocese: Archdiocese of Kansas City KS

In 2004 a man complained to St. Benedict's Abbey that Wurtz had molested him when the man was a boarding student at Maur Hill-Mount Academy during the 1960s. The abbot kept Wurtz in ministry until 2/04, after the Review Board deemed the allegation credible and recommended Wurtz's removal. Still a priest at St. Benedict's Abbey in Atchison as of a 2/06 website post. Died 8/16/13.

Fr. Louis J. Wyrsch

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Died: 01/7/1997
Diocese: Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau MO

Diocese announced in 12/07 that it had recently received a credible allegation against Wyrsch involving abuse of a minor about 40 years prior. Worked in Poplar Bluff and Joplin before taking leaving in 1969. Returned as a chaplain at SW Missouri State College in 1970. Left active ministry again in 1973, was laicized in 1989, and died in 1997. On the diocese's list 11/19/18.

Fr. Benjamin D. Wysolmerski

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Died: 10/11/1994
Diocese: Diocese of Burlington VT

Accused of abuse of at least two girls in the 1950s and 1970s. At least one claim settled for an undisclosed sum in 1997. A woman alleged he raped her in the 1960s when she was student and again in the 1970s when she was married. One plaintiff said she identified multiple other victims. Resigned 6/15/93. Faculties revoked 6/17/93. Died 10/11/94. Allegations against him mentioned at 8/08 trial against Edward Paquette and diocese. On diocese's list 8/22/19.