Fr. Kenneth Mathews
Diocese of Shreveport
Left active ministry: 1998
Assigned as Follows:
- St. Joseph Catholic Church (Marksville, LA)
- Christ the King (Bossier City, LA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Kenneth Mathews:
Fr. Kenneth Mathews was ordained a priest in 1978, and served in the Diocese of Shreveport. According to media reports, in 2019, his name was included in the Diocese of Alexandria’s 2019 list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. A review of his file in 2019 revealed evidence of multiple allegations of sexual abuse of minor boys beginning in the 1980s. The allegations were deemed credible by the Permanent Review Board. The details of the allegations, including the information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Matthews’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse are unknown.
In 2020, the Diocese of Shreveport released Fr. Matthews’s name under the heading, “priests who served in the former Diocese of Alexandria-Shreveport removed for sexual abuse of minors.” Prior to the founding of the Diocese of Shreveport in 1986, churches in the Shreveport area were under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Alexandria-Shreveport. According to church protocol, the files of accused clergy members remain with the Diocese of Alexandria.
Mathews left active ministry in 1998 and died in 2008.
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