On February 17, 2004, Cardinal Roger Mahoney of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released the Report to the People of God: Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 1930-2003. The report stated that 656 persons had accused 244 priests, deacons, brothers and seminarians of child sexual abuse. At the time of the report, 113 diocesan priests had been accused, of which 43 priests were deceased, 54 priests were no longer in ministry and 16 remained in ministry.
Cardinal Mahoney released a list of 211 clerics accused of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as an addendum to his report. The following year, 27 names were added to the Archdiocese’s list as a revision to the addendum. Since 2005, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has posted, removed and re-posted the report and addendum to its website several times. Currently, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles does not have its list of accused clerics posted to its website. Instead, it has been replaced with an addendum stating the original Appendix released in 2004 is “outdated.”
It is unknown how many additional clergy have been accused of child sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since 2004.
In 2007, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles reached the largest settlement to date involving claims of clergy child sexual abuse. As part of the settlement, the Archdiocese agreed to compensate 508 sexual abuse survivors $660 million. Many of these claims were made possible by the 2003 one-year legislative window that allowed previously time-barred civil claims of child sexual abuse to be filed in court. The Archdiocese and Cardinal Mahoney agreed to release the priest personnel files on all alleged perpetrators, but the Archdiocese failed to do so in 2007.
Six years later and under court order, on January 31, 2013, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released priest files on 128 priests as part of the non-monetary terms of the settlement. Along with the list was a “final addendum” dated October 2008 and provided three lists totaling 49 names, including 24 names that were not previously made public.
In 2003, the California legislature opened a one year, retroactive window for survivors of child sexual abuse to file civil claims against their perpetrator and the institution that covered up the sexual abuse. This report contains the names of clergy associated with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles who have been accused of sexual misconduct. While lawsuits were filed involving many of these alleged perpetrators, the vast majority of the claims against these individuals have been settled or have not been fully evaluated in a civil court. Accordingly, the allegations should be considered just allegations and should not be considered proved or substantiated in a court of law. Download the report.
On May 14, 2019, the Catholic bishops of California announced the establishment of an Independent Compensation Program for Victim-Survivors of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests (ICP) for six California dioceses, including the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The independent program will be administered by Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille Biros, with an oversight committee including include former governor Gray Davis and Maria Contreras-Sweet.
We encourage all survivors of priest sexual abuse to consult with legal counsel before proceeding with a claim as part of these compensation programs in California. We have extensive experience navigating similar programs in New York and Pennsylvania, and our California attorneys and advocates are ready to help you explore your options to determine whether this is the right path for you.