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Los Angeles Archdiocese Adds 2 Dozen Priests and Clergy to Suspected Child Sex Abuser List

February 14, 2013 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment, Religion with 6 Comments

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The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has quietly added two dozen priests and other clergymen to the list of individuals suspected of raping or sexually assaulting children in what was already a major part of a massive worldwide Catholic sex abuse scandal.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the 24 names were disclosed in a report posted on the archdiocese’s website last month along with 12,000 pages of internal records detailing how the church dealt with abuse claims. BishopAccountability.org, a non-profit group that researches and archives documents related to clergy sex abuse, originally uncovered the list and published the names of the suspected offenders.

The Catholic Church readily admits that the allegations against the 24 men are “credible.” But the archdiocese will not release any further information about the accusations against them, including how many accusers there are, when the alleged sex abuse occurred or the parishes where the alleged abusers worked.

Terry McKiernan of BishopAccountability.org told the Times that the disclosure of such information is “essential.”

“It is essential for everyone to know the nature of the allegations against these priests and brothers, because some of them may still pose a danger to children in Los Angeles, elsewhere in the United States, and in other countries,” he said.

Many observers accuse the church of trying to conceal the list by burying it in 12,000 pages of documents. But J. Michael Hennigan, an attorney for the archdiocese, denies this, pointing out that police and child protective services had been contacted years ago and that the men involved had never been sued or criminally charged.

“It’s making something that was a voluntary disclosure into a cover-up,” Hennigan told the Times. “It’s just not true.”

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office is reviewing the updated list of accused pedophile clergy.

More than 230 priests and clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have already been named in connection with the rape, sexual assault and other abuse of children dating back to the 1940s. Cardinal Roger Mahony, the former Archbishop of Los Angeles, conspired with other high-ranking clergy for more than a decade to conceal sex abuse and protect child-raping colleagues from criminal prosecution. The archdiocese did not report or even defrock priests accused of horrific child sex abuse but rather sent them to out-of-state treatment facilities to avoid having to report them to authorities.

In July 2007, Cardinal Mahony and the L.A. Archdiocese finally apologized for the decades of sex abuse after more than 500 victims reached a record $660 million settlement with the church.

Horrific details of the nature of the abuse abound. One girl was abused by seven priests, one of whom impregnated her. Another priest sodomized a boy in God’s name. “He would rape me and then say that this is what God’s love feels like,” the victim, who was a little boy at the time of the abuse, later said.

The names of the additional archdiocesan priests as revealed by BishopAccountability.org are:

Rev. Jerome A. Bouska (died 2010)
Rev. Christopher Cunningham
Rev. Terence J. Farrell (arrested 1994 on suspicion of sexual battery of an 18-year-old)
Rev. John J.C. Feeney (died 2004)
Rev. Donald F. Grasha
Rev. John Higson
Rev. William Hollinger (died 1988)
Rev. Saul David Rodriguez Macal
Msgr. Kenneth R. O’Brien, J.C.D. (died 1999)
Rev. Jose G. Sanchez
Rev. Michael Sintef

An additional 14 externs and order priests/brothers are listed, without information on which ones are still alive:

Candido Corcoles
Frank Hollenbach
Jose Medrano Ilagan
Vincent Power
Bro. Damien Chong
Bro. Joseph Eslava
William Finn
Kolbe Moreno
Joseph Puthenkandam
Charles Shelton
Raymond Stiechen
Stanislaus Su
Luis Villoria
William Wood

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6 Comments

  1. NancyJune 5, 2013 at 1:16 amReply

    I was a parishioner under Fr. Chris Cunningham. Our parish wrote letters supporting this priest. He spoke out against Cardinal Mahoney hiding sex offenders. He definitely was put on the list as revenge for his actions and opinions on how the Cardinal handled sex offending priests.

  2. Rose G.June 11, 2013 at 1:05 pmReply

    I can add to this as well,I was also a parishioner under Fr. Chris Cunningham. Our parish wrote letters supporting this priest. He spoke out against Cardinal Mahoney hiding sex offenders. He definitely was put on the list as revenge for his actions and opinions on how the Cardinal handled sex offending priests.

    • JenniferJune 14, 2014 at 4:40 amReply

      The church would face serious litigation for adding names to the list without any charge or allegations. The thought is ridiculous. .

      • Sandra SmithJuly 13, 2014 at 4:03 pmReply

        Jennifer you are extremely naive if you believe your statement. The church is shrouded in secrecy and vengence. Chris was a whistle blower and he paid the price for it.

        • JenniferJuly 22, 2014 at 12:35 pmReply

          Sandra-
          I imagine if my name were added to a list of pedophiles and there were no such allegations or charges against me, that I might get an attorney and sue. I’d clear my name and force the church to release the reason for the allegations. They would either produce the evidence against me, or they would print a retraction and an apology. And regardless of the power or the secrecy of the church they would be forced to answer for their statements. Has a retraction been produced by the church? Has Rev Cunningham sued the church for these allegations? Yes? No? I’m thinking not. And Rev Cunningham was no whistleblower. That’s his twisted story to cover his tracks. He spoke out in a meeting. Yes. Attacking Mahoney on his zero tolerance policy, stating that Mahoney has charges against him as well. But this was not exactly true. Mahoney had one allegation from an adult female. years before. Cunningham stirred that pot knowing that allegations were pending against himself. So the real question here is, what exactly happened at world youth day that caused the good reverend to resign from the church?? He was not defrocked by the Vatican but was moved to another parish. Then voluntarily resigned after some undisclosed indiscretion at world youth day in cologne Germany in 2004. So, tell us, ex Rev Cunningham. What happened?

  3. GOctober 15, 2013 at 5:01 pmReply

    Does anyone have a case or has reported Fr. Charles Shelton of any form of sex abuse crime?

    He has allegations against him and if any more victims come forward, he will be stopped from doing his public ministries. Victims need to contact only the police and not the Archdiocese or their parish. The police can contact the Archdiocese for you after they have completed their investigation. This will help in preventing more children from being molested or sexually abused.

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