Horror of Horrors: Oc's Two Worst Pedophile Priests Were Pals

By Gustavo Arellano
Orange County Weekly
March 18, 2013

We have long covered the destruction wrought by Eleuterio Ramos, the worst-ever pedophile priest in the history of the Diocese of Orange. But we've only occasionally discussed the second-worst: Siegfried Widera, who molested at least nine children and most likely many more.

And now, a horrifying prospect has emerged: Widera and Ramos probably molested together, or at the very least coordinated, because not only did they know of each other, but they were good friends.

I first became aware of this in a comment left on my latest exposé of former Bishop Tod D. Brown, left by an eyewitness who saw this between 1982 and 1984.

"They used to sit with my friends' grandparents that ran the sausage booth and get drunk," at St. Justin Martyr in Anaheim, according to the commenter. "Even after Widera 'was removed' from St. Justin, he still was there for special events and shit just to rape kids after school. No one stopped Widera from abusing."

After reading this, I talked to long-timers at St. Justin Martyr, who remember Ramos occasionally giving Mass and hanging out with the altar boys alongside Widera. No Ramos or Widera victim has ever claimed that the two of them abused them, but it is known that Ramos would frequently invite other people to rape children while Ramos took photos.

If anyone has any further information on this disturbing time in OC Catholic history, do let me know. In the meanwhile: heckuva job, Brownie!


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