Msgr. Daniel Murray – Diocese of Orange

Monsignor Daniel Murray

Diocese of Orange

Ordained: 1973

Laicized: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • 1974-1975      St. Mark Church (Venice, CA)
  • 1976-1977      St. Columban (Garden Grove, CA)
  • 1978                On Duty Outside
  • 1979                Educational Leave
  • 1980                St. Joseph’s (Placentia, CA)
  • 1981-1982      Pastoral Service Center (Orange, CA)
  • 1983                Unknown
  • 1984-1995      St. Boniface Church (Anaheim, CA)
  • 1996-1999      St. Callistus (Garden Grove, CA)
  • 2000-2005      Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Newport Beach, CA)
  • 2004-2011      Administrative Leave
  • 2012-2014      Unknown
  • 2015-2017      Administrative Leave

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Daniel Murray:

According to media reports, Monsignor Daniel Murray, former vocations director of the Diocese of Orange, was accused of sexual misconduct in 1991. He denied the charges. The Diocese of Orange reported that they were unable to substantiate the claims. In 2003, he was named in a child sexual abuse lawsuit. The suit alleged Monsignor Murray sexually abused one youth from 1973 to 1979.

In September 2004, a support group for clergy abuse victims sent a letter to a Catholic lay group asking it to declare that Orange County Bishop Tod D. Brown violated the U.S. Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in a case involving Monsignor Daniel Murray of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The letter outlined three separate violations of the charter: that Monsignor Murray remained in his post; that the $500,000 settlement was kept secret for almost a year; and that the Diocese of Orange  refused to make the case public.

Monsignor Murray was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. According to the Diocese of Orange’s list, he was laicized, in 2019.

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