Monday, 7 November 2016



The papal appointee given authority to take charge of a Guam archdiocese rocked by allegations of sexual abuse against its archbishop has said the Vatican is preparing to put the prelate on trial.
Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai, who Pope Francis appointed in June to step-in over Agana Archbishop Anthony Apuron, told reporters Tuesday that "they just formed all the conditions for the trial."

"I'm going to receive some news, some updates later," said Hon, who has been serving as the archdiocese's apostolic administrator while also remaining the second-in-command of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Hon, a native of Hong Kong, spoke to journalists Nov. 1 following Francis' appointment Oct. 31 of Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Michael Byrnes as the new coadjutor archbishop of the Agana archdiocese, the island's only Catholic diocese.

Local TV station KUAM news posted video of Hon's remarks on their Facebook page.
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Francis has sought to act firmly against clergy sexual abuse, and such a trial would be the Vatican's first of a prelate accused of abuse. A similar trial had been organized in 2015 for a Polish archbishop who had been accused of abuse, but the prelate died before the beginning of the proceedings.
A coadjutor bishop is a prelate who is normally appointed by the pope to a diocese with the idea of taking over for the current diocesan leader when he dies or retires. Coadjutor bishops have right of succession, meaning they automatically become diocesan leaders should the previous bishop die in office.

Hon explained that Francis had appointed Byrnes to have special faculties over the Agana archdiocese, saying: "This appointment suggests a more permanent solution."
"As a matter of fact, in this appointment the Holy Father has expressly granted His Excellency Msgr. Byrnes all the faculties, rights and obligations of the archbishop of Agana, civilly and ecclesiastically without any exception," Hon continued.


"In other words, as coadjutor archbishop, Msgr. Byrnes has the complete right of responsibility over everything concerning the archdiocese," said Hon.
Byrnes told KUAM TV that he would visit the Pacific island nation in late November and then move there permanently in January. About 80 percent of Guam's 162,000 residents are Catholic.
Apuron, 70, has been accused of having inappropriate physical contact with at least five young boys in the 1960s and '70s. The allegations emerged in May when one of the boys, now 52, came forward, prompting others to do the same.
Apuron has denied the allegations, and Guam civil authorities have not charged him with any crimes.
Hon had previously told Guam's Catholics that he expected Apuron to undergo a canonical trial, saying so in a September letter he sent to each of the island's 26 churches.
The pope signed a new universal law for the Catholic church last June that specified that a bishop's negligence in response to clergy sexual abuse can lead to his removal from office and empowered four Vatican offices to initiate processes of removal when necessary.

That move was the subject of criticism from some survivors' advocates, who said it did not live up to an earlier promise to create a new Vatican tribunal to judge bishops who do not act appropriately when told of allegations of abuse.




Resigned in 2005, age 64, per canon 401.2 after video surfaced of him having sex with 23-year-old man. Remained in ministry. Seen 2010 saying Confirmation Mass for teenagers. Santiago del Estero bishop emeritus. Died March 2015.

Archbishop Edgardo G. Storni
Resigned October 2002, age 66, per canon 401.2 after reports he abused young men and boys. Convicted 2009. Sentenced to eight years in prison; given house arrest instead. Conviction overturned 2011. Remained Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz archbishop emeritus. Died2012. 

Bishop Adolfo A. Uriona, F.D.P. 

Arrested 2006 after a 24-year-old woman accused him of groping her during a bus ride. Denied the charge. Case dismissed. Visited pope2014. Añatuya bishop in 2004 until he was appointed bishop of Villa de la Concepción in December 2014.

Accused 2002 of 1961 or 1962 sex abuse of 12-year-old boy while Pell was seminarian. Denying allegation, Pell stood aside as Sydney archbishop, while church asked former judge to investigate. Report said accuser "gave the impression he was speaking honestly" but crime could not be established. Pell resumed office. Appointed by Pope 2014 to head Vatican's new Secretariat of the Economy. News broken by ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) July 2016 of multiple additional complaints investigated by Victorian police. Pell allegedly fondled the genitals and anuses of two boys in a pool in 1978-1979, and may have exposed himself to three boys in 1986-1987. Another allegation involved unspecified abuse of two teen choirboys in 1990s. Pell's office called the allegations "totally untrue" and accused ABC of a "scandalous smear campaign." In a 2nd statement, Pell urged an inquiry of the Victoria police, accusing them of leaking reports to the ABC. Pell not criminally charged as of 7/28/2016. [See the half-hour ABC TV program and transcript.]

Criminally charged June 2014 with 1969 sexual abuse of child in New Norcia, prior to ordination. Denied the charge. Stepped aside as Australia's Military bishop while court case active. Tried in Perth court February 2016 on charges of "indecent dealings" with five boys, ages 13-15, between 1969-1972. Found not guilty.


Accused publicly 1995 of abusing boys and young monks. Retired as archbishop soon after, age 75, with JP II saying Christ too faced "unjust accusations." Named head of priory 1996. Removal announced early 1998, after more victims surfaced. Schönborn and 3 others confirmed Groër's abuses February 1998. Resigned April 1998 from all duties. Remained cardinal and Vienna archbishop emeritus. Some estimated 2,000 victims. Died 2003.

Bishop Roger J. Vangheluwe

Resigned 2010, age 73, per canon 401.2 after admitting to sexual abuse of boy, later revealed to be his nephew. Sent by Vatican to monastery in France for "spiritual and psychological treatment." Admitted on television in April 2011 to abuse of two nephews, one beginning at age 5, over 13-year period in 1970s and '80s. Left monastery amidst public outcry three days after TV appearance. Not prosecuted due to expired statute of limitations. Current whereabouts unknown. Brugge {Bruges} bishop emeritus.


Resigned 2016, age 66, per canon 401.2, after Vatican investigation into charges he accepted into the archdiocese priests and seminiarians rejected by other dioceses for suspected pedophilia. Banned during investigation from ordaining new deacons and priests or taking new seminarians. Pagotto had also been accused of sexual misconduct with an 18-year-old male. Paraíba archbishop emeritus. 


Accused 2000 of sexual misconduct with person over age 16. Not known if alleged victim was under age 18. Church deemed allegation "substantive enough to warrant a full examination." Removed from ministry during Church investigation. Resigned same year, age 58. Toronto bishop emeritus.

Bishop Raymond J. Lahey

Arrested in 2009 for possession of child abuse images. Resigned as Antigonish bishop in 2009 per canon 401.2, age 69. Pled guilty in 2011. Sentenced in 2012 but given time served. Laicized in 2012.

Retired 2002. Investigated late 1990s-early 2000s by police probing sexual abuse in Cornwall. Per LaRocque, original allegations date to 1961. Not chargedAccused 2005 of 1970s sexual abuse of altar boy. Denied all accusations. Alexandria-Cornwall bishop emeritus.

Bishop Hubert P. O’Connor, O.M.I.

Resigned 1991, age 63, after charged with sex crimes. Convicted 1996 of 1960s rape and indecent assault on two young aboriginal women. Sentenced to 2½ years in prison. Released on bail after serving 6 months. Remained Prince George bishop emeritus. Died 2007.


Chilean church announced investigation February 2014 for alleged sexual abuse of 15-year-old. "Cleared" by Vatican June 2014. San Felipe bishop. 

Resigned as La Serena archbishop 1997, age 63. Church said it was for reasons of mental health. Suspected of pedophilia. Apologized2002: "I apologize for this dark side in me that opposes the Gospel" [Google translation - see original]. Santiago archbishop Errázuriz said2002 that Cox had resigned voluntarily because of "improper conduct" related to his "somewhat exuberant affection," especially with children. La Serena archbishop emeritus.

Accused in 2014 reports of abusing adolescent seminarians. Valparaíso bishop. 

Resigned 2012, age 47, per canon 401.2 after accused of late 1990s sexual abuse of 15-year-old boy. Admitted to "an imprudent act."Iquique bishop emeritus. 

Resigned as Baní bishop in 1997, age 63, then worked as priest in Venice FL. Accused in 2007 of sexual assault of a 42-year-old man for 11 years. Venice diocese removed faculties. Not charged. Baní bishop emeritus.

Polish. Resigned as papal nuncio to Dominican Republic August 2013 and was secretly recalled to Vatican, just days before DR news media exposed his alleged sex assaults of children on Santo Domingo waterfront. Church officials did not inform DR law enforcement. Prosecution sought by both DR and Poland. Vatican reportedly rebuffed extradition request by Poland January 2014. Laicizationannounced June 2014, four days after DR bishop tweeted about seeing Wesołowski strolling in Rome. Diplomatic immunity removedAugust 2014, day after NY Times exposé. Put under house arrest in Vatican City State September 2014. Found with 100,000+ child abuse images on his laptop and Vatican-owned computer. Released from house arrest after 60 daysfree to move around Vatican City State beginning late November 2014. Hospitalized night before his July 2015 trial in VCS, causing trial to be indefinitely postponed. Releasedfrom hospital one week later, and freed to walk around Vatican City, according to BBCFound dead in his Vatican apartment August 28, 2015. Trial never resumed.

Resigned age 58 in 2002 per canon 401.2 after female university professor accused him of sexual abuse while performing an exorcism. Mainz auxilary bishop emeritus.

Bishop Heinrich Maria Janssen

Hildesheim bishop 1957 until retirement in 1983, age 76. Died 1988. Accused in 2015 of sexual abuse of a boy from 1958 to 1963, beginning when the boy was age 10. Abuse was said to have included masturbation, anal and oral sex. Diocesan investigators deemed the accusations "plausible" and awarded Janssen's accuser 10,000 euros "in recognition of his suffering."

Resigned age 69 in 2010 per canon 401.2 after accusations he severely beat children at at a Schrobenhausen orphanage in the 1970s and misappropriated the orphanage's funds. Reportedly sexually abused minors, including an altar boy; Office of Public Prosecution opened investigation which it soon closed, citing insufficient evidence. Accused also of sexually abusing seminarians between 1996 and 2005. Augsburg bishop emeritus.


Agaña archbishop 1986-Present. Member of Neocatechumenal Way, a controversial church movement. Sparked outcry 2011 when he deeded a $40M+ church property in Yona for indefinite use as a Neocatechumenate seminary and theological institute (see pages 77-80 of 9/2016 archdiocesan report).  Dismissed Deacon Steven Martinez from review board 10/24/2014 after Martinez accused him of ignoring church sex abuse policy, by harboring Rev. John Wadeson, who had been accused twice of child sex abuse in the U.S.

Apuron was accused publicly November 2014 of sexually abusing a high school seminarian in the 1980s: review board would not investigate. Met privately (12) with Pope Francis 11/21/2014. Visited by Vatican investigators January 2015. Vatican reportedly was notified August 2015 of Apuron's alleged rape of another boy, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel church in Agat in 1977.
On 5/17/2016, Apuron was accused by a third man of child rape in 1970s, and the archdiocese announced an investigation. In late May 2016, a mother from Arizona said Apuron had abused her son when he too was an altar boy at Mount Carmel in the 1970s; her son died at age 38.
Apuron was placed on leave by Pope Francis 6/6/2016. The Agana archdiocese was assigned a temporary administrator, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, secretary for the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
On 7/1/2016, four victims filed a lawsuit against Apuron for libel and slander. On 7/27/2016, Hon stated that Apuron's alleged abuses had been reported to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Hon also said he had removed from the archdiocesan website all of Apuron's threats against accusers. By August 2016, at least five men had accused Apuron of abusing them as boys. On 8/19/2016, Hon said  Apuron had disobeyed an order by Pope Francis to rescind use of the Yona property by Neocatechumenates.
On 9/13/2016, a news outlet published an account by a man who says he witnessed child sex abuse by Apuron in 1964, when the man was a 10-year-old altar boy at Our Lady of Peace and Safe Journey Catholic Church in Chalan Pago. He witnessed another altar boy, also age 10, being sexually assaulted by the parish priest and by Apuron, then age 19.
On 9/15/2016, Hon released a letter saying he had asked Pope Francis to remove Apuron. On 9/16/2016, Hon released a report on the controversial Neocatechumenate seminary, the Redemptoris Mater House of Formation. On 9/20/2016, an archdiocesan spokesperson said (12) that the Neocatechumenates in Guam had a powerful ally in Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.  On 9/30/2016, the archdiocese announced that Apuron would be put on canonical trial for his alleged crimes.
On 10/31/2016, the Vatican announced the appointment of a coadjutor archbishop "with special faculties" to the Agaña archdiocese, auxiliary bishop of Detroit Michael Jude Byrnes. The Vatican has "just formed all the conditions for the trial," Hon toldreporters in early November.


Retired 2007, age 75. Dutch. News in 2010 of 1950s alleged abuse of two boys. Remained Reykjavik bishop emeritus. Died 2013. Dutch church acknowledged his guilt in 2014.


Accused 2009 of 1983 sexual abuse of 14-year-old girl in Nigeria. [See victim's statement.] Resigned 2010, age 61, per canon 401.2Admitted "failure to observe his oath of celibacy." Sued RTÉ, claiming victim was 20, not 14. Suit settled 2015: RTÉ paid legal costs but made no concession on victim's age. Benin City archbishop emeritus.

Resigned 1992, age 65, after revelation that he fathered a child in 1970s. Fled Ireland, worked in Ecuador missions, then English diocese. Accused 2005 of sexual assault of girl, age 5, 30 years earlier. Casey denied accusation. Not charged. Returned to Ireland 2006. In nursing home since 2011. New accusation April 2016 by a Limerick woman. Galway and Kilmacduagh bishop emeritus.

Bishop Brendan Oliver Comiskey, SS.CC.

Resigned 2002, age 66, per canon 401.2, after revelations that he protected serial abuser Fr. Sean FortuneFerns inquiry in 2005 reported two allegations against Comiskey: 1990 complaint of misconduct toward young woman over age 16, and accusation by Fortunein his 1999 suicide note. Comiskey denied both. Ferns bishop emeritus.

Stepped aside but didn’t resign 2009 after internal watchdog report that he had mishandled two abusive priests. State launched its own inquiry. Resignation announced 2010, per canon 401.2State’s report 2011 revealed more cover-up and 2008 report to church of Magee’s inappropriate behavior toward teen, age 17-18. Magee admitted conduct, denied sexual intent. Not charged. Cloyne bishop emeritus.

Archbishop John Charles McQuaid, C.S.Sp.

Retired 1971, age 76, as Dublin archbishop. Died 1973. First accused of sex abuse in 1999 book. News in 2011 that McQuaid was cleric described in 2010 supplement to Murphy report with two complaints of child sex abuse, including of a 12-year-old boy in 1961, and one "separate concern."


Bishop Gerardo Antonazzo
Investigation April 2016 by prosecutors in Cassino, in response to a letter from a seminarian accusing Antonazzo of sexually molesting him and seven other adults. Sora-Aquino-Pontecorvo bishop.

Bishop Giuseppe Carraro 
Retired 1978 as Verona bishop. Died 1980. Accused 2009 of repeatedly molesting boy who attended school for deaf. Carraro was being considered for beatification at time of complaint.


Vatican informed in 2007 of reports of Schilder's early 1990s abuse of a Maasai herds boy. Dutch. Resigned 2009, age 67, per canon 401.2. Accused in 2013 of early 1990s sexual abuse of a young seminarianNgong bishop emeritus.

Bishop Johannes Willem Maria Bluyssen

Resigned 1984, age 57, as s'Hertogenbosch bishop. Admitted 2010 to destroying abuse files in 1970s. Died 2013. Accused 2014 of repeated rape of Beekvliet minor seminary student 1957-1959. A church Complaints Committee announced August 2015 that evidence was not sufficient, although it did not "exclude" that the victim had been sexually abused.

Bishop Joannes B.M. Gijsen *

Retired 2007, age 75. Dutch. News in 2010 of 1950s alleged abuse of two boys. Remained Reykjavik, Iceland bishop emeritus. Died2013. Dutch church acknowledged his guilt in 2014.

Utrecht auxiliary bishop. Died 2000. Dutch church admitted 2014 he molested young boys 1950s-1970s.

Bishop Cornelius Schilder, M.H.M. 

Vatican informed in 2007 of reports of Schilder's early 1990s abuse of a Maasai herds boy. Dutch. Resigned 2009, age 67, per canon 401.2. Accused in 2013 of early 1990s sexual abuse of a young seminarianNgong bishop emeritus. 

Bishop Joannes Gerardus ter Schure, S.D.B. 

Retired 1998, age 76. s'Hertogenbosch bishop. Died 2003. News in 2010 that Salesians settled claim of sexual abuse of a boy by ter Schure at Don Rua monastery in Ugchelen 1948-53.

Archbishop Richard A. Burke, S.P.S. * 

Accused 2009 of 1983 sexual abuse of 14-year-old girl in Nigeria. [See victim's statement.] Resigned 2010, age 61, per canon 401.2Admitted "failure to observe his oath of celibacy." Sued RTÉ, claiming victim was 20, not 14. Suit settled 2015: RTÉ paid legal costs but made no concession on victim's age. Benin City archbishop emeritus.

Bishop Georg Müller, SS.CC.

Admitted 2009 to 1990s sexual abuse of boy. Resigned as Trondheim bishop same year, age 58, per canon 401.2. Emeritus. DiedOctober 25, 2015.

Bishop Jorge Adolfo Carlos Livieres Banks

Accused 2002 in criminal complaint by three young men of sexual assault of minors. Livieres filed counter-charges of extortion and libel. Accusers then produced document allegedly signed by Livieres showing he tried to pay them to stay quiet. Case stalled and endedambiguously. Retired 2003, age 74, per canon 401.2Encarnación bishop emeritus.

Bishop Fernando Armindo Lugo Méndez, S.V.D.

Resigned as San Pedro bishop in 2005, age 55, per canon 401.2. Voluntarily laicized 2008 so that he could run for office. Paraguay president 2008-2012. Admitted 2009 to fathering a child in 2007; another woman said he had fathered her child too, and that their involvement began when she was 18 and Lugo still a bishop. Admitted 2012 to fathering child of another woman while bishop.


Fathered child in 2011. Resigned July 2013, age 49, per canon 401.2, after child's mother took him to court, demanding he recognize paternity. Peru Military bishop emeritus.

Removed as Ayachucho o Huamanga auxiliary bishop May 2013, age 53, after accused of molesting children he is said to have targetedduring confession. Laicized July 2013. 

Bishop Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr.

Resigned 2003, age 63, per canon 401.2, after accused by secretary of sexual misconduct. Apologized. Novaliches bishop emeritus. 

Accused 2007 of molesting boys by ex-missionary who himself faced deportation for alleged pedophilia in 1990s. Naval bishop.

Bishop Crisostomo A. Yalung 

Resigned 2002, age 49, per canon 401.2, after news he had fathered a child. Antipolo bishop emeritus.

Archbishop Juliusz Paetz

Resigned 2002, age 67, after accused of sexually abusing young seminarians. Paetz denied the allegations. Banned from public ministry, but ban lifted by Vatican June 2010. Ban was at some point reinstated: in April 2016, Vatican warned Paetz to stop public appearances and resume private life of "repentance and prayer." Poznan archbishop emeritus.

Archbishop Józef Wesołowski * 

Polish. Resigned as papal nuncio to Dominican Republic August 2013 and was secretly recalled to Vatican, just days before DR news media exposed his alleged sex assaults of children on Santo Domingo waterfront. Church officials did not inform DR law enforcement. Prosecution sought by both DR and Poland. Vatican reportedly rebuffed extradition request by Poland January 2014. Laicizationannounced June 2014, four days after DR bishop tweeted about seeing Wesołowski strolling in Rome. Diplomatic immunity removedAugust 2014, day after NY Times exposé. Put under house arrest in Vatican City State September 2014. Found with 100,000+ child abuse images on his laptop and Vatican-owned computer. Released from house arrest after 60 daysfree to move around Vatican City State beginning late November 2014. Hospitalized night before his July 2015 trial in VCS, causing trial to be indefinitely postponed. Releasedfrom hospital one week later, and freed to walk around Vatican City, according to BBCFound dead in his Vatican apartment August 28, 2015. Trial never resumed.

Bishop Carlos Alberto de Pinho Moreira Azevedo 
Accused 2010 of 1980s sexual abuse of seminarian. Appointed Official of Pontifical Council for Culture 2011.

Bishop Daniel Fernández Torres

Accused February 2014 of lewd acts against a male minor shortly before becoming bishop in 2010, when an Arecibo parish priest. Bishop of AreciboDenied charges, said were "act of revenge." Diocese under scrutiny for mishandling of sex abuse cases. Archbishop Roberto González called the allegations "slander." Charges dismissed by Vatican April 2014. Accuser's attorney said client wasn't interviewed by Vatican. Info about Fernández Torres' alleged abuse reportedly withheld from Vatican by PR apostolic delegate Jozef Wesolowski.

Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien
Retired 2013, age 74, after accused publicly of sexual advances toward priests, dating to 1980s. Apologized. Saint Andrews and Edinburgh archbishop emeritus. Pope Francis accepted O'Brien's resignation in March 2015, meaning O'Brien would no longer be allowed to perform the public, religious or civil duties of a Cardinal.

Bishop Roderick Wright 

Resigned 1996, age 56, after admitting to sex with woman he counseled. Married the woman. Admitted to son with previous woman. Remained Argyll and The Isles bishop emeritus. Died 2005.


Johannesburg bishop 1984-2002. Founded South Africa's Boys Town 1958; there until named bishop 1984. Died 2002. Accused in former Boys Town resident's 2007 memoir of of rape and molestation over a three-year period, beginning when the author was age 13 in the 1960s. Orsmond is said to have plied the boy with alcohol. Several other men also alleged sexual abuse as boys in the facility by Orsmond; an ex-staffer said it was an "open secret" that Orsmond had boys sleep in his room. Archdiocesan "professional conduct committee" deemed the allegations credible.

Bishop Hansjörg Vogel
Resigned 1995, age 44, after acknowledging impregnating woman. Basel {Bâle, Basilea} bishop emeritus.

Bishop Juan A. Arzube 

Accused 2003 of sexual abuse of 11-year-old boy 1975-76. Remained Los Angeles CA auxiliary bishop emeritus. Died 2007.

Implicated in Philly trial testimony April 2012 by victim of ex-priest Stanley Gana. Separate allegation of 1970s fondling of high school student revealed by prosecutor. Bransfield denied all abuse. [See his statement.] Never charged. Remains Wheeling-Charleston WVbishop.
Bishop Robert H. Brom 

Accused in 1990s of coercing young seminarian into sex in 1980s, while Duluth MN bishop. Accuser retracted allegation, reportedly as condition of $85K settlement. Retired 2013, age 75. San Diego CA bishop emeritus.

Bishop Tod D. Brown

News in 2007 of 1997 letter to church alleging Brown's sexual abuse of boy, age 12, in 1965. Church had deemed it not credible. Brown denied abuse. Never charged. Neither he nor victim interviewed by police. Retired 2012, age 75. Orange in California bishop emeritus.

Bishop Leonard P. Cowley

St. Paul MN auxiliary bishop 1958-1973Died 1973. Name released February 2015 as one of 17 archdiocesan clergy accused of sexual abuse or misconduct with a minor. A man filed a claim that Cowley sexually abused him at age 15 during trip to northern Minnesota in 1968.

Bishop Paul V. Dudley 

Retired 1995, age 68, as Sioux Falls SD bishop. Accused 2002 of fondling altar boy age 11 or 12 in 1950s. Accused also by two women. "Cleared" by church 2003. Remained emeritus. Died 2006.

Bishop Thomas L. Dupre

Accused 2004 of sexual abuse of two youths more than 20 years previously. Resigned age 70, per canon 401.2, same day that news broke. Sent to treatment. Indicted but not tried, due to SOL. Remains Springfield MA bishop emeritus.

Bishop Joseph A. Ferrario 
Honolulu HI auxiliary bishop and bishop 1977-1993. Accused of child rape in 1985 letter to papal nuncioLawsuit 1991 dismissed on SOL grounds. Retired as bishop 1993, age 67. Stayed in ministry and remained emeritus. Not charged. Died 2003. Named by more alleged victims 2013 and 2014.

Resigned 1997, age 69, after accused of attempting to fondle then drown boy at Vermont orphanage in 1950. In 1997 deposition, denied 1993 sexual abuse of altar boy. Remains Providence RI bishop emeritus.
Bishop Timothy J. Harrington 

Worcester MA bishop 1983-1994. Died 1997. Accused 2005 of sexual abuse of boy from ages 11 to 15 in the 1950s. 

Retired as Cheyenne bishop 2001, age 70, per canon 401.2. In 2002, KC newspaper revealed Hart was reported to the church in 1989 and 1992 for child molestation in the 1970s. At least four other alleged victims have since come forward. Not charged. Remains Cheyenne WY bishop emeritus.

Bishop Howard J. Hubbard 
Accused February 2004 of paying teen for sex in 1970s and sexual misconduct with adult males. Hubbard denied allegations, saying he had not violated celibacy. Not charged. Hired own investigator who reported June 2004 "no credible evidence." Retired 2014, age 75. Albany NY bishop emeritus.

Bishop Robert N. Lynch 

Denied 2001 accusation of sexual harassment by diocesan communications director. Church paid accuser $100K; bishop said it was severance, not hush money. Accuser's lawyer said there was "unwanted touching" but no "overt sexual actions." Lynch remains St. Petersburg FL bishop.

Bishop Eugene A. Marino, S.S.J.

Resigned 1990, age 56, as Atlanta GA archbishop. Woman, age 27, soon went public regarding two-year sexual relationship with Marino, which he acknowledged. Remained archbishop emeritus. Died 2000.

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick 

Alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct with seminarians and priests in 1980s while Metuchen NJ bishop and Newark NJ archbishop. Church settled with alleged victim 2006, reports Richard Sipe. Washington DC archbishop emeritus.

Bishop James Francis McCarthy

Resigned 2002, age 59, after admitting to sexual involvement with adult women. Remains New York NY auxiliary bishop emeritus.

Cardinal Humberto S. Medeiros 

Boston MA archbishop 1970-83. Died 1983. Accused 2002 of sexually abusing 14-year-old boy in 1979. Accuser said Medeiros touched his groin while giving him a "bear hug" in the archdiocesan chancery, where he was allegedly molested the same evening by vice-chancellor Rev. Fred Ryan.

Stepped aside December 2013 after allegation of inappropriately touching boy's buttocks in 2009. Called allegation "entirely false."Resumed duties March 2014 after prosecutor announced no charges due to insufficient evidence. Internal investigation of alleged misconduct toward adults revealed July 2014. It reportedly found Nienstedt made "sexual advances" toward two priests. Nienstedt kept findings secret and, according to MPR report , authorized new investigation by second law firm. Resigned June 2015, per 401.2, soon after archdiocese was charged criminally for contributing to child sex abuse. Now Saint Paul and Minneapolis MN archbishop emeritus.

Admitted 2002 to 1970s sexual abuse of Missouri high school seminary student. Resigned immediately as Palm Beach FL bishop per canon 401.2, age 63. Numerous former students alleged abuse. Not charged. Remained bishop emeritus. Died 2012. 

Phoenix AZ bishop 1977-1981. Died 1981. Accused in 2002 lawsuit of 1979 sexual abuse of 17-year-old boy. 

Accused in 2002 lawsuit of 1960s sexual abuse of boy age 13-14. Denied allegation. Not charged. Alleged victim withdrew suit 2003. Retired age 75 in 2005. Worcester MA auxiliary bishop emeritus.

Resigned 1999, age 69, week before lawsuit cited his hiring of male prostitutes. News 2002 that he solicited sex from boy, age 15, and sexually abused another, age 16-17. Not charged, due to SOL. Internal diocesan study 2006 confirmed Ryan's misconduct with adults. Remained Springfield IL bishop emeritus until he died in 2015.

Archbishop Robert F. Sanchez

Resigned 1993, age 59, after accused of sexual contact with at least 5 women; some were ages 18 and 19. Stayed in ministry. Remained Santa Fe NM archbishop emeritus. Died 2012. 

Accused 2005 of 1961-64 sexual abuse of girl under age 18. Skylstad denied the accusation, and investigator hired by him found no truthin the claim. Retired 2010, age 76. Spokane WA bishop emeritus. 

Resigned 1998, age 72. Accused publicly 2000s of ‘sadistic’ sexual abuse of 31 teen boys beginning late 1950s. Found guilty by 2008 review board. Not charged. Remains Sioux City IA bishop emeritus.
Bishop James S. Sullivan 

Resigned citing Alzheimer's, March 2002, per canon 401.2. Age 72. Accused June 2002 of 1966 fondling of boy, age 16, in Michigan. Denied accusation. Charges not pursued due to SOL. Remained Fargo ND bishop emeritus. Died 2006. 

Baton Rouge LA bishop 1974-1982. Died 1982. Accused in 2000s of sexual abuse of three different teen boys, 1969-1982. Later bishop called claims credible, removed Sullivan's name from high school.

Admitted 1995 to past sexual abuse of boy. Stayed in ministry. Remained Palm Beach FL bishop. Resigned 1998, age 65, after another victim emerged. Admitted to abuse of 5 boys. Not charged. Found in ministry 1999 in Lansing MI diocese. Bishop emeritus. 

Archbishop Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B.

Resigned in 2002 immediately after news of $450K payment in 1998 to silence man accusing him of sexual assault when man was 32. Weakland had just turned 75, and resignation was accepted per canon 401.1 -- the age-75 rule applying to bishops in standard situations. Weakland denied abuse but admitted to sexual relationship. Remains Milwaukee WI archbishop emeritus, residing in PA monastery.

Springfeld MA bishop 1950-1977. Died 1982. Accused 2005 of 1950s sexual abuse of boy, from ages 10 to 16.
Bishop Lawrence Harold Welsh 

News in 2002 of police investigation 1986 alleging he had choked male prostitute during sex. Welsh admitted to most of accusation, except "amount of violence." No charges filed. Resigned as Spokane bishop 1990 after drunk driving arrest. Made Saint Paul and Minneapolis auxiliary bishop 1991. Died 1999.

Resigned age 65 in 2002, per canon 401.2, after accused of sexual abuse of two boys, 1969 and 1981, and young adult late 1980s. Denied abusing anyone. Lexington KY bishop emeritus. 

Forced to resign 1999 at age 57 after allegation by younger priest of coercing sex. Accused early 2000s of sexual abuse of 3 differentboys in 1960s and '70s. Remained Santa Rosa CA bishop emeritus. Died 2009.

Bishop Francisco Domingo Barbosa Da Silveira 
Resigned age 65 in 2009, per canon 401.2after he filed extortion complaint revealing homosexual relations between him and two men. Remained Minas bishop emeritus. Died 2015.


Arrested 1999 for alleged assault of girl, age 7, 1960-61. Not charged. Said he was falsely accused. Resigned 2001 at age 72, per canon 401.2, after outcry at his mishandling of two abusive priests. Remained Cardiff archbishop emeritus. Died 2007.


  1. Oceanic experts say that if you see dolphins swimming in the sea there are as many more that you can't see . I reckon it's the same with pedophile priests how many is there that we don't know about ? Or have been covered up ?

  2. +Niall Sheridan.7 November 2016 at 11:34

    Hub O'Connor died as bishop emeritus of Whitehorse, not Prince George. He was only ever bishop of Whitehorse. I worked for his successor. I met him once in the Oblate house in Vancouver.

  3. I note that england has no accused bishops. more evidence that the english hare better than the oirish

    1. I disagree. It's evidence catholicism in England has been historically marginal. Most high profile cases in England have been celebrities or politicians as you might expect in a secular society. The church of england has a history of vicars taking an overly active interest in their choir boys for well over a century. Contrary to popular prejudice paedophilia is not a solely catholic clerical problem.
      That said it is easily the worst crisis in the church since the reformation. The above list of accused bishops is shocking and deeply shameful.

    2. Human nature is the same the world over-for better or worse. However what about sorting Holy Ireland first then hopefully with this as an example move further afield.

    3. Catholics are on the fringes in England we would never be able to cover it up. The Benedictines have had a lot of problems.

  4. How are Bishops appointed?
    Apparently the Papal Nuncios select them!
    And how do they select them?
    We need men of grace, sanctity and vigour. We need men who have been out in this very messed up world we live in, who know what life is like and - even as bishops they have to muck in!
    Too, too often we get bishops' secretaries, we get the 'nice' guys, the ambitious game players who are alway seen in the proper company and speak the special speak!
    Priests know who their bishops should be and so do parishioners.
    In depth consultation is needed.
    A bishop recommending one of his 'faithful' little buddies, or guys cosying up to the Nuncio should, by and large, be ignored!
    We need heavy duty, fearless men - JCB types someone stated recently - to restore the Church to what it should be

  5. What about Kieran Conroy?

  6. What about Kieran Conry? There is no hint that there has ever been any allegations of inappropriate behaviour by the former Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. From his youngest days Kieran let it be known that he believed that priestly celibacy should be optional and only for those who chose it and were called to live it. He has been in a loving and committed relationship for several years with a woman whose marriage had ended. This was known by the members of the hierarchy in England and Wales, most especially by Emeriuts Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, who promoted Kieran Conry to succeed him in Arundel and Brighton. You could not have hoped for a more compassionate, human and caring bishop, one with a social conscience who cared for his priests and walked with them. It is a great shame that he has now been cast out (by Cardinal Nichols) and is living in a small english town in limbo land, neither able to function as a priest (again on Nichols's express orders) nor leave the ministry and find useful employment. All in all a tragedy.

    1. Bishops aren't appointed by Cardinals but by Popes. The fact that Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor and others knew about this relationship and supported his appointment is outrageous. Who are they to decide who the rules apply to and who they don't? KC was part of the 'magic circle' who apparently consider themselves to be above the rules. If he doesn't believe in celibacy, he should seek laicisation. I can't imagine any bishop incardinating a former bishop who doesn't think that the rules apply to him. How would that bishop hope to impose the rules on anyone else?

  7. So he didn't do the celibacy vows, so that's alright because he such a lovely man
    Why didn't he leave the priesthood and be a real man, instead of a parasite
    living of other people's money.

  8. All in all a tragedy Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  9. Let he among you who is without sin cast the first stone!

  10. Exactly 15:38. He was a lying hypocrite. Doing the lie, telling the lie and living the lie. And Whatsmore living off the lie. I have no time for you guys like 15:20, apologists for deceitful behaviour. If Conroy wanted a woman in his bed he should have chucked playing at the priest or bishop business.
    Compassionate my arse. He was the man who disciplined others for their transgressions yet he himself lived the double life!
    So if Vin Nichols has stuck him in a hard place then hell slap it into him!

  11. Pat I am grateful for your listing these bishop in the roll call of shame. However it is very unjust to include in that group of transgressors Bishop John Magee, a man I have been proud to call my friend these last thirty years. If anything John Magee was guilty of believing his scheming and manipulative Vicar General Dennis O'Callaghan who repeatedly lied to his bishop over and over again assuring him that he was implementing the national and diocesan safeguarding policies. His only fault was to have a trusting and innocent mind; one who found it inconceivable that a priest could be guilty of sexual offences against anyone, let alone children. That old red herring about the inappropriate friendship with an adult teenager? I have known and loved John Magee as a dear friend since I was in my 20's, over 30 years ago. He is a warm and affectionate man, given to Italian demonstrations of affection, like linking arms when walking, kissing on the forehead, patting you on the back. To the less pure such gestures could easily be misinterpreted, as could be his calling of one "caro" (beloved). There is nothing in it save the sincere and genuine affection of a true man of God. To my dying day I will rejoice in his friendship and defend this good man while there is breath left in my body. Priest of an English Diocese.

    1. Dear Fr, I am glad that you were able to come on here and defend your beloved friend.

      This list is not mine but one taken from

    2. As a former seminarian of Cloyne, a seminarian nominated by John Magee, I would like to Second everything said by the English Priest. I testify that what he has written has been my experience of John Magee - a man who still gives the biggest and warmest welcome of any human I have ever known.

    3. Good for you, 'priest of an English diocese'. These unremittingly negative views of priests and bishops do not represent my experience of the priests that I have met. I am an old man, living in England, and I have been in dozens of parishes as I moved around the country for my work. I can say that most of the priests in whose parishes I found myself were kindly, humble, humorous, well read people that I have liked and admired. There was one notable exception but only one. Please, Pat rather than just 'cut and paste', do your own research because some 'non-profit organizations' have founders who make a good salary from naming as many names as they can, including some good men who have done no wrong or dead men who cannot defend themselves. You are supposed to be on the side of the truth, don't assume that everyone else wishes to be.

  12. CONRY not Conroy! Get it right ffs.

  13. Vincent Nichols has no jurisdiction over Kieran Conry.

    He is directly answerable to the Vatican

    1. Kieran Conry may very well have been in a long term relationship with a lady whose marriage had ended.

      From the point of view of personal morality this was ok if KC had not being a prominent Catholic bishop who was supposed to observing celibacy and calling his priests to do likewise.

      Was he not in an untenable situation?

    2. Apparently his 'commupance' came when a second lady (who was very much married)'entered the field' and whose husband hired a private detective.

  14. You are correct +Pat. Vincent Nichols has no jurisdiction over Conry. He isn't even his Metropolitan. That is ++Peter Smith in Southwark.
    Poor Vincent has enough on his plate now with the former Dean of the Cathedral Church of Down and Connor, The Very Reverened Doctor Hugh Kennedy, flouncing and mincing about in his patch.

    1. And even Peter Smith has very limited jurisdiction - if any - over his suffragan bishops.

      Each bishop answers really to the pope.

      I do think that it would be good if KC could go back into ministry in some way.

  15. In the Roman Catholic Church, ecclesiastical provinces, composed of several neighbouring dioceses,[2] are each headed by a metropolitan, the archbishop of the diocese designated by the Pope.[3] The other bishops are known as suffragan bishops.
    The metropolitan's powers over dioceses other than his own are normally limited to
    supervising observance of faith and ecclesiastical discipline and notifying the Supreme Pontiff of any abuses;
    carrying out, for reasons approved beforehand by the Holy See, a canonical inspection that the suffragan bishop has neglected to perform;
    appointing a diocesan administrator if the college of consultors fails to elect an at least 35-year-old priest within eight days after the vacancy of the see becomes known;[4] and
    serving as the default ecclesiastical court for appeals from decisions of the tribunals of the suffragan bishops.[5]
    The metropolitan also has the liturgical privilege of celebrating sacred functions throughout the province, as if he were a bishop in his own diocese, provided only that, if he celebrates in a cathedral church, the diocesan bishop has been informed beforehand.[6]
    The metropolitan is obliged to request the pallium, a symbol of the power that, in communion with the Church of Rome, he possesses over his ecclesiastical province.[7] This holds even if he had the pallium in another metropolitan see.
    It is the responsibility of the metropolitan, with the consent of the majority of the suffragan bishops to call a provincial council, decide where to convene it, and determine the agenda. It is his prerogative to preside over the provincial council.[8] No provincial council can be called if the metropolitan see is vacant.[9]
    All Latin Rite metropolitans are archbishops; however, some archbishops are not metropolitans, as there are a few instances where an archdiocese has no suffragans or is itself suffragan to another archdiocese. Titular archbishops (i.e. ordained bishops who are given an honorary title to a now-defunct archdiocese; e.g. many Vatican officials and papal nuncios and apostolic delegates are titular archbishops) are never metropolitans.

  16. 16:38. You defending the reputation of Bishop John Magee is admirable. That's what's friends should do. However, the buck stopped with him. If he trusted the word of another, no matter how important the others position, he should still have satisfied himself. He had executive responsibility. Ignorance is no excuse at that level. And especially that diocese where there was so much bother previously. Also his touching little gestures of affection? Once again he should have been much more circumspect as to how these would be interpreted. He wasn't in Italy. He was in Co.Cork ffs.He should have been careful both in word and deed. He should have remembered the old maxim about Caesars wife not only being above reproach but being seen to be above reproach.

    1. I agree. If two men walk hand in hand through the streets of Rome nobody would bay an eyelid.

      However if two men acted in the same way in Cobh, albeit perfectly innocently, bushy eyebrows would be raised.

      Personally I am very fond of Bishop John myself.

      PP Cloyne.

    2. What about Bishop Magee and Fr Patrick Relihan?

    3. That defence of John Magee makes me want to puke. Italian gestures of affection my arse. This same defence was used by an English priest (now dismissed) to the Constabulary. He claimed that by kissing a young man in a Confessional who had special needs was because men kissed each other in Rome where he was a student at the English College. Best of all his diocese still covers it up. So this same petty excuses about Magee using Italian gestures sickens me.

    4. John Magee was a very naive man. He was his own worst enemy in a sense as he gave too many people the benefit of the doubt. What he failed to do was wrong and he rightly had to resign, but as a person he was kind to a fault and had too much heart and saw only the good in people.He was easily manipulated. He would never ever intentionally harm anyone. Kindness is not a word one associates with bishops but it's certainly applicable in his case. The irony with Magee was that people thought he was very aloof with his Roman mannerisms etc but he was far more humane and approachable than many of his more 'down to earth' colleagues whom the people seem to love. I'm told he was very pastoral and accessible with his priests who could approach him directly as one would a true father at any time. He was a very charming person and it's sad that his career ended in such ignominy.

    5. Indeed, Bishop John was directly accessible - unlike other bishops he did not require people to filter through a secretary and he genuinely cared for people. Unlike the two men who have come after him. John Magee's early resignation came at a great cost to his priests as well as himself.

      The Mons O'Callaghan stabbed him in the back and gutted the presbyterate because of his own bitterness that he didn't become Bishop O'Callaghan. Long may the Mons pay his penance.

  17. I'm surprised at you pat, saing kc should come back to ministry
    Yes I would agree that you should indeed be in our ministry in the RCC
    But conroy
    didn't even behave as a mention of god or Christ in his apologies
    He appears by his behaviour and spakes to be athiestIc

    1. I did not mean to disappoint.

      I wonder has he learned from his "fall"?

      I wonder if he is a little more humble?

      Maybe he is with his lady friend and is happy where he is?

  18. For gods sake Magee was born an irish man...holding hands etc
    Grow up man...had he no cop on
    Too much rubbing up near popes should not have affected him that much...surely
    I'm gobsmacked

  19. Yes I hope he is happy with his woman,but not according to those who know him
    Isn't one typing that he is abandoned...He resigned, and we the laity should not be keeping him
    I'm always disappointed that those who lead double lives still expecting to be kept men

    1. From what I know from a priest who left, they are called a deserter and shunned by their previous colleagues. They are brutal with those who don't follow the script.

  20. Bushy eyebrows can be seen anywhere
    No need to make out only in cork....not that I know anything about cork.
    But I wd not want anyone to say any feature is common with any area
    Try to be good

  21. 16 30
    Stop preaching....we just giving opinions
    No stones

    1. I am not saying that Bishop John ever walked hand in hand with anyone. Certainly to my knowledge that never happened. As a young priest he was brought to Rome to be the Private Secretary of Cardinal Pignodeli, a close friend of Blessed Paul VI. Soon after he became Private Secretary to the Pope. These elderly Italian men grew up in a system that had a very innocent and romantic vision of male friendship. Now I can hear the comments shrieking already accusing all sorts. But this form of friendship was and still is a very precious aspect of those of us trained in the Roman Seminaries in the last century. Bishop John had a very close relationship with Pope Paul, so close that the old pope considered him a son and asked to hold his hand as he died. These experiences shape you. Especially if you are emotionally immature to begin with. I share this just as a way of brining another dimension to the reality of the situation with Bishop John. HE has indeed paid a very heavy price for his lack of leadership in Cloyne. But as he shared with me O'Callaghan worked against him from the moment he arrived and though smiling to his face, did everything he could to thwart the bishop. Treachery with a smile on its face.

    2. I have had personal experience of O Callaghan. God help anyone in his hands.

  22. I just wonder Who in their right mind ever considered Magee a suitable person to lead a dioceses.To my mind most appointed have no idea what it is they getting themselves into.

    1. John Magee was probably better suited to a Vatican career. He never asked for Cloyne or envisaged himself being there.

  23. You are right Pat. But just shows what happens when a new regime arrives and you are seen as part of the "old brigade". In Magees case nothing short of a bishopric would have done. Suitability probably wasn't considered. And before anyone corrects me by saying that JP2 was in situ a long while before Magee was appointed I agree but it was the new "in crowd" who decided Magee should go.
    Observatore Vaticana

  24. Mages kissing people? I don't know. I remember him as Papal M C during my time in Rome. He was more Roman than the Romans themselves. SpongeBob of the Vatican. He reviled in the place. How this approach transferred to Cork is another issue.