Documents from the San Diego Settlement

On October 22, 2010, Judge William C. Pate ordered the release of documents relating to the sexual abuse of children by priests in the Diocese of San Diego. This document release was a nonmonetary provision of the San Diego settlement, as ordered on August 29, 2008 by Judge Emilie Elias, of the Los Angeles Superior Court.

On this page, we present all the documents released by Judge Pate's order, and during this week, we will post the crucial documents individually for easier download. Some of these documents are also available from the website of the Zalkin Law Firm, which was our source for many of the files. The text of Judge Pate's order and the files for ten of the priests were provided by attorney Anthony DeMarco.

Some of the files linked on this page are very large. We have posted them as they were released, so that our readers could have immediate access to this important archive – the largest collection of abuse-related documents ever obtained from a California diocese. In the coming days, we will make the documents easier to access by cutting them into smaller PDFs and offering selected documents. Please refresh this page often in your browser to view the new material.

These documents are important for many reasons. They are the first public evidence of allegations of misconduct against nine priests: Brennan, Clarkin, Creaton, Jost, Kearney, MacCourt, O'Connor, O'Donohoe, and Waltos. They also provide crucial evidence that the sexual abuse crisis is an international phenomenon, and they offer a remarkably detailed history of mismanagement and concealment by the San Diego diocese's bishops and managers.

| Amora | Benson | Booth | Brennan | Clarkin | Cotter | Covas | Creaton | Daly | de Francisco | Doxie | Eagen | Etienne | Flynn | Galindo | Ganahl | Gomez Macouzet | Jost | Keith | Kearney | Koerner | Kowalczyk | Kraft | MacCourt | Moloney | Marron Brothers | McGinn | McNamara | Nikliborc | Nunez | O'Connor | O'Donohoe | O'Keeffe | Omemaga | Robier | Rodrigue | Roll | Rossell | Savord | Schmitz | Shanley | Sheridan | Sierra | Spain | Thompson | Uboldi | Vinyard | Waltos |

Rev. Edito D. Amora

Rev. Gustavo Benson

Rev. James T. Booth

Rev. Peadar Brennan

• Msgr. Joseph V. Clarkin - Part 1, Part 2

Rev. James Henry Cotter

Rev. Peter Covas

Rev. James Creaton

Rev. John J. Daly

• Rev. Luis Eugene de Francisco - Part 1, Part 2

    • Letter from Bishop Buddy to de Francisco about the police making a record of serious incidents (12/21/62) [The Latin phrase in the letter means: "Considering what must be considered."]
    • Letter from Bishop Buddy to de Francisco saying that because of a "lack of prudence" de Francisco must go back to Colombia (1/8/63) [The Latin means: "The safer course must be chosen."]
    • Letter from Bishop Buddy to Bishop Uribe Urdaneta about de Francisco's arrest and complaints about his "association" with children in three parishes (8/16/63)
    • Letter from Msgr. Doxie, Buddy's Secretary and Vice Chancellor, and later accused of abuse, to Chancellor in Colombia (10/25/63)
    • Memo from Msgr. Steven Callahan, Vicar General, summarizing the de Francisco file (8/3/70)

Rev. Donald F. Doxie

Msgr. I. Brent Eagen

Rev. Raymond Etienne

Rev. Herman Flynn, C.S.Sp.

• Msgr. Rudolph Galindo - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

• Rev. James Ganahl - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

• Msgr. Maximiliano A. Gomez Macouzet - Part 1, Part 2

Mr. Dennis Raymond Jost

Rev. John C. Keith

Rev. Patrick Kearney

Rev. Robert S. Koerner, O.M.I.

Rev. Albert (aka Adalbert) Kowalczyk, C.R.

• Rev. William A. Kraft - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Rev. Michael MacCourt

Rev. Thomas Moloney

Rev. Peter Joseph Marron, O.S.A., and Michael Victor Marron

• Msgr. Malachy McGinn - Part 1, Part 2

• Rev. Patrick McNamara - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Rev. Robert Nikliborc

Msgr. Joseph R. Nunez

Rev. Michael O'Connor

Rev. Michael Raymond O'Donohoe

• Rev. Patrick O'Keeffe - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Rev. Emanuel Olilang Omemaga

Rev. Franz Robier

• Rev. Edward Anthony Rodrigue - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8

Rev. David Roll

Rev. Joseph Rossell

Rev. William Savord

• Rev. John A. Schmitz - Part 1, Part 2

Rev. Paul Shanley

• Rev. Gregory Sheridan - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

• Rev. Frank Sierra - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

• Rev. William Spain - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Rev. Matthew J. Thompson

Rev. Victor Uboldi

Rev. Barry Vinyard

Rev. Bernard Waltos, O.F.M. Conv.

    • Deposition of Rev. Ronald Rocky OFM Conv. regarding Jost and Rev. Bernard Waltos at Queen of Angels parish in Riverside (1/15/93) [The names of Rocky and Waltos are redacted in the released file, but they are identifiable from the context. This document is part of the Mr. Dennis Jost file (see above), but it contains important information about Rev. Bernard Waltos OFM Conv. too.]























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