In recent years, many states have passed litigation allowing those survivors that were abused as children to come forward and file civil claims, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. This is especially important since many survivors who reported their abusers years ago to the Catholic church were led to believe that they were the only victims to ever make a claim against a specific priest, which in many cases was just not true. The cover-up by the Catholic church which involved hiding, transferring, and ignoring claims brought against pedophile priest spans decades. It is also likely one of the reasons why so many accounts of sexual abuse committed by priests and clergy are still unreported today.
Our goal in providing a list of priests accused is to first show the sheer number of priests accused so that people can better understand the level of betrayal and cover-up spawned within the Catholic church, and second, but more importantly, to show survivors that they are not alone and to encourage them to come forward. While no amount of money can erase what happened, compensation and counseling may be available, even if the abuser is no longer living. Please note, if you can’t find your abuser listed below, it does NOT mean that you don’t have a claim. The Catholic church has yet to release a full list of accused priests to the public, meaning there are other abusers known to the church whose names have not been released. Furthermore, our firm is still in the process of compiling the list of publicly named priests which includes thousands of names. Please check back as new names are added to our website weekly.
Use the filters below to search the list of priests and clergy members accused of sexual abuse or misconduct. You can sort priests accused by first or last name, parish or diocese, city and state, and even by the year they were assigned to each location. This is not a complete list and more clergy are added to the site on a weekly basis.
Due to the extremely large size of the database compiled, please be patient while the accused list loads and filters results. It may take up to 15 seconds depending on the speed of your computer or mobile device. Note that the table will start filtering as soon as you start typing in a category.
|Key||Id||Last Name||First Name||Position||Clergy Status||Parish/ Assignment||City||State||Start Year||End Year||Claim Status||Claim Details||Name Released by Dioceses?||Named in Settlement?||Source|
|1||Arzube||Juan||Bishop||Died 2007||St. Agnes||Los Angeles||CA||1954||1956||Sued||Credible but no criminal conviction||No||Yes||http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Walsh_John_J_omi.htm|
|2||Arzube||Juan||Bishop||Died 2007||Resurrection/Our Lady of Victory||Los Angeles||CA||1956||1960||Sued||Credible but no criminal conviction||No||Yes|
|3||Arzube||Juan||Bishop||Died 2007||Ascension||Los Angeles||CA||1960||1963||Sued||Credible but no criminal conviction||No||Yes|
|4||Arzube||Juan||Bishop||Died 2007||Holy Name Society||Los Angeles||CA||1963||1971||Sued||Credible but no criminal conviction||No||Yes|
|5||Arzube||Juan||Bishop||Died 2007||Nativity/Our Lady of Guadalupe||El Monte||CA||1963||1971||Sued||Credible but no criminal conviction||No||Yes|
|4.611||Strittmatter||Joseph J.||Priest||Died 2014||St. Agnes Church||Lock Haven||PA||1961||1963||Accused||Credible but no criminal conviction||Yes||No|
|6||Arzube||Juan||Bishop||Died 2007||St. Alphonsus||Los Angeles||CA||1971||1987||Sued||Credible but no criminal conviction||No||Yes|
|7||Arzube||Juan||Bishop||Died 2007||Archdiocesan Consultors||Los Angeles||CA||1972||1987||Sued||Credible but no criminal conviction||No||Yes|
|8||Arzube||Juan||Bishop||Died 2007||Episcopal Vicar for Spanish Speaking Community||Los Angeles||CA||1973||1986||Sued||Credible but no criminal conviction||No||Yes|
|9||Arzube||Juan||Bishop||Died 2007||Placement Board||Los Angeles||CA||1978||1981||Sued||Credible but no criminal conviction||No||Yes|
*Note that those included in the list above have not necessarily been convicted of a crime, or even proven liable in a civil lawsuit. We have done our best to report those members of the Catholic church who have been accused of sexual abuse or assault, and properly indicate whether or not those allegations were confirmed as credible by the Church and its Dioceses. Additionally, where jury verdicts or public settlements disclosed the clergy member(s) accused, we’ve indicated that as well.
This is not an exhaustive list of all the clergy or lay persons associated with the Catholic church who have been accused of sexual abuse or misconduct. The United States justice system states that anyone charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, a person(s) named in a civil lawsuit is also presumed innocent until proven otherwise.
Any mentions of settlements listed or described on our website are offered for educational purposes only and do not guarantee any future outcome or settlement. Each legal situation is different, and past performance does not guarantee future results.
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