Father John Rogers
Diocese of Santa Rosa
- 1976: St. Bernard (Eureka, CA)
- 1988: Cardinal Newman Center at Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father John Rogers:
Fr. John Rogers was ordained a priest in 1976, who served in the Diocese of Santa Rosa. According to media reports, he was known as one of Diocese’s most serious offenders. In 1976, he reportedly sexually abused a 15-year-old boy in the rectory of St. Bernard Church in Eureka, CA. Fr. Rogers was briefly removed from his position as campus minister at Humboldt State University after the Diocese received the report in 1988. He was then reinstated after a psychiatric evaluation.
The accuser renewed his complaint in 1995 when he heard Rogers continued to work with students. The Diocese sent Fr. Rogers to Belgium to study as he was a noted religious scholar, but ordered the priest to return to the United States to undergo another psychiatric evaluation. Instead, Rogers committed suicide. His note declared his innocence but said the pain and embarrassment was too much for him to handle. Rogers’ accuser died of drug abuse about six years after the priest’s death.
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