San Diego Diocese holds back on abusive priests, public list tops 103

Today the Diocese of San Diego released a list of eight credibly accused priests who have worked in the diocese.

The names are:

Fr. Jose Chavarin
Fr. Raymond Etienne SVD
Fr. James P. Foley
Fr. Michael French
Fr. Richard Houck
Fr. George Lally  O.A.R.
Fr. Mark Medaer
Fr. Paolino Montagna

This list is dangerously incomplete. Even a cursory search of publicly available data found 105 names of priests who have worked in San Diego—including Bishop Emeritus Robert Brom—who have been accused of sexually assaulting minors or vulnerable adults.

Fr. J. Patrick Foley

Father J. Patrick Foley has been giving unsupervised retreats in the Western United States for at least a decade. The Diocese of Orange banned him years ago and refused to state why or inform the public. In fact, as late as February of 2018, Foley was removed as a retreat master from a parish in Alhambra, with no public explanation.

Why is the Diocese of San Diego just now making his name public if they knew of credible allegations of sexual abuse? Why did they let him roam freely and unsupervised with children and young people?

The fact that Bishop McElroy believes that the public is this ignorant to the scope and scale of abuse in the diocese is dangerous. Fifteen years of stale promises of transparency are enough.

It’s time for two things: a thorough investigation of the diocese by the state’s attorney general and local grand jury and an immediate change in our civil laws that allow victims to come forward and expose predators.

Because obviously, Bishop McElroy won’t do it when given the chance.

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The list:

1 Amora Edito D. 1980 P Dipolog (Phillipines) (aka D’Amora) 2
2 Baltazar Carmelo 1960 p Malalos (Phillipines) 2
3 Becker Franklyn 1964 p Milwaukee 2
4 Benson Gustavo Luis 1972 p San Diego/ San Bernardino 1
5 Booth James Thomas 1946 P San Diego 1
6 Brennan Peadar (Peter) 1961 p Dublin (Ireland)?, San Diego/San Bernardino 4
7 Bridgette unknown na N Poor Sisters of Nazareth 3
8 Buchanan Robert 1968 P San Diego/San Bernardino 3
9 Chavarin Jose ? P San Francisco 3
10 Clarkin Joseph V. 1925 p Los Angeles/San Diego 4
11 Cotter James H. 1950 p Buffalo 2
12 Covas Peter 1957 p San Bernardino 4
13 Creaton James 1940 p Elphin (Ireland) 4
14 Daly John Joseph 1951 P San Diego 3
15 Damasco Nelson ? P Nueva Segovia 2
16 De Francisco Luis Eugene ? P Cali (Columbia) 2
17 Doxie Donald F. 1952 P San Diego 1
18 Eagen I. Brent 1956 P San Diego 3
19 Etienne Raymond (Clifton Raymond) 1979 p SVD – Society of the Divine Word 4
20 Flynn Herman Francis 1929 P CSSP – Congregation of the Holy Ghost 2
21 Galindo Rudolph 1954 P San Diego 1
22 Ganahl James A. 1956 P San Diego/ San Bernardino 1
23 Gill Paul 1966 P San Diego/ San Bernardino 1
24 Higgins Michael 1964 P San Diego/San Bernardino 3
25 Holtey Gary Michael 1984 P San Diego 3
26 Hughes Patrick J. 1953 P Dublin (Ireland) 3
27 Jost Dennis Raymond na L layman 4
28 Kearney Patrick 1953 p San Diego 4
29 Keith John Charles 1956 P S.J. ( Jesuits) 1
30 Koerner Robert S. 1937 P O.M.I. Oblates of Mary Immaculate 2
31 Kowalczyk Adalbert (Albert) J. 1938 P CR – Congregation of the Resurrection 2
32 Kraft William Armstrong 1951 P San Diego 1
33 Kurlandski Lawrence 1942 P Resurrectionist 3
34 Lally George ? P Augustinian 3
35 Luque Peter 1962 p San Diego/San Bernardino 1
36 MacCourt Michael 1923 P Columban Fathers 4
37 Macouzet Maximiliano Gomez 1946 p San Diego/Tlalnepantla 1
38 Marron Michael Victor 1930 P Clogher (Ireland) 2
39 Marron Peter Joseph 1936 P OSA – Augustinian 2
40 McGinn Malachy M. 1961 P San Diego/San Bernardino 1
41 McNamara Patrick Carl 1980 P San Diego 1
42 Mejia Ricardo 1977 P San Diego 1
43 Moloney Thomas 1943 P San Diego 3
44 Nikliborc Robert Daniel. 1955 P San Diego 3
45 Nunez Joseph R. 1922 P San Diego, Zacatecas (Mexico) 4
46 O’Connor Michael 1931 p Los Angeles/San Diego 4
47 O’Donohoe Michael Raymond 1938 p San Diego 4
48 O’Keeffe Patrick J. 1959 P San Diego/San Bernardino 1
49 Omemaga Emmanuel O. 1983 P Capiz (Phillipines) 2
50 Polizzi Daniel 1969 P San Diego 1
51 Reveles Nicholas ? P 3
52 Robier Franz 1936 P O. Carm/ San Bernardino 1
53 Rodrigue Edward Anthony 1962 ? P San Diego/San Bernardino 1
54 Roll David H. 1970 P San Diego 1
55 Rossell Joseph (Jose) 1930 P Barcelona(Spain) 1
56 Savord William R. 1957 P San Diego 1
57 Schmitz John A. 1957 p Dubuque, San Bernardino 4
58 Shanley Paul 1960 p Boston 4
59 Sheridan Gregory Sierra 1935 P O.R.S.A. ( Augustinian Recollect Fathers) 1
60 Sierra Frank 1935 p O.R.S.A. ( Augustinian Recollect Fathers) 1
61 Spain William D. 1956 P San Diego 1
62 Thomas (unknown) ? B Brothers of Charity of the Immaculate Heart of Mary 3
63 Thompson Matthew J. 1928 P Los Angeles/San Diego 1
64 Uboldi Victor 1945 P S.D.B. (Salesians) 1
65 Valverde William 1962 P San Diego/San Bernardino 1
66 Vinyard Barry 1975 P San Diego 3
67 Waltos Bernard 1974 p O.F.M. Conv. (Franciscan) 4
These lists (#1,2) of accused diocesan, religious order, and extern priests with assignment records were released by the diocese on 3/30/07 as part of the bankruptcy process.
The lists are no longer on the diocesan website.
1 https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2007/03_04/PriestsCredibleAllegations.pdf
2 https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2007/03_04/OtherPriestsCredibleAllegations.pdf
3 https://bishop-accountability.org/member/psearch.jsp San Diego Search
4 https://www.bishop-accountability.org/docs/san_diego/
5 https://bishop-accountability.org/member/psearch.jsp San Bernardino Search
San Bernardino List
68 Ayala Saul 1971 P San Bernardino 5
69 Ball Edward Lawrence 1966 p Sacred Heart 5
70 Bucaro Michael 1980 p San Bernardino 5
71 Castillo Alejandro Jose (Alex) 1981 p San Bernardino 5
72 da Silva Owen < 1936 p Franciscan 5
73 Dominguez Jesus 1983 p San Bernardino 5
74 Donat Robert J. 1966 p San Bernardino 5
75 Dunne Kevin ? brother Franciscan 5
76 Fertal Joseph (Joe) 1959 p Society of the Divine Word 5
77 Garduno Anthony Martinez 1990 p San Bernardino 5
78 Gil Rudi 1978 p Order of the Holy Trinity 5
79 Keppel Timothy F. 1977 p C.R. Congregation of the Resurrection 5
80 Nguyen Paul 1980 ? p San Bernardino 5
81 Trujillo Esteban ? P Order of St. Augustine (visiting from Mexico) 5
Kiesel, Boucher and Larson maintained an online list of accused priests (see an example created by KBL on 6/9/03 and posted on their website)
https://www.bishop-accountability.org/docs/los_angeles_2/resources/2003_06_09_KBLA_CA_priest_sheet.pdf
82 Brom Robert Bishop Winona (Minnesota)
Daly John San Diego
Gill Paul San Diego
Keith John C. San Diego
Lally George San Diego

One thought on “San Diego Diocese holds back on abusive priests, public list tops 103

  1. It SICKENS me that Fr. Patrick Foley is CURRENTLY still holding and offering ‘Retreat Ministries’ to ‘rural, small town, and out of the way areas’! What?! How convenient. This needs to stop now.

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