Msgr. Gerardo Jarencio Tanilong – Diocese of Orange

Monsignor Gerardo Jarencio Tanilong

Diocese of Orange

Ordained: 1962

Removed: 2004

Died: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • 1985                Immaculate Conception Church (Mount Vernon, WA)
  • 1986-1989      Our Lady of Lourdes (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1990-1993      St. Joachim Church (Costa Mesa, CA)
  • 1994-1995      St. Boniface Church (Anaheim, CA)
  • 1996-1998      St. Callistus Church (Garden Grove, CA)
  • 1999-2002      Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 2003                Administrative Leave
  • 2004                Removed

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Gerardo Jarencio Tanilong:

Monsignor Gerardo Jarencio Tanilong was ordained for a diocese in the Philippines in 1962, and came to the U.S. where he was incardinated into the Diocese of Orange in 1990. According to media reports, in 2003, he was charged on counts relating to child molestation that had occurred earlier that year. He was placed on administrative leave. 

In January 2004, Monsignor Tanilong pleaded guilty to charges of molesting a 15-year-old girl in the backseat of a car while her parents were in the front seat. He was sentenced to six months in jail, three years’ probation, and to register as a sex offender. Following his guilty plea, he was permanently removed from the priesthood. 

The victim no longer trusts priests or attends Mass, her father said in the probation report.

“This is the one person we thought we could trust to put our faith in, our priest. … Our daughter has been scarred by this crime.” 

Monsignor Tanilong’s most recent whereabouts and whether he had access to children is unknown. He had been in violation of registration requirements since October 2009. Monsignor Tanilong was listed, as deceased, on the Diocese of Orange’s list of members and former members of the clergy who have been removed from ministry resulting from a credible allegation of sexual abuse in 2016. 

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