Memphis Settlement: Dominican Who Abused Teen Had Trail of Abuse

Catholic Culture
February 24, 2009

The Diocese of Memphis and an abuse victim reached an undisclosed settlement yesterday in the case of Father Juan Carlos Duran, a Bolivian Dominican priest who once headed the diocese’s Hispanic ministry. Expelled from the Franciscan Order because of homosexual abuse of a teenager, Father Duran entered the Dominicans. Although his actions while living with Dominicans near St. Louis University aroused suspicions, the Dominicans never informed the Diocese of Memphis.

In a deposition revealed last year, Father Alberto Rodriguez, head of the Dominican Southern Province, testified that he lied to the pope when he wrote in a letter that he subsequently sought other diocesan assignments for Father Duran.

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* Diocese Settles With Man Abused as Teen (Memphis Daily News)

* Superior of Ex-Priest Claims He Lied to Pope (Memphis Daily News, 2008)


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