Fr. Michael McDonald – Diocese of Monterey

Father Michael McDonald

Diocese of Monterey

Fr. Michael McDonald Horowitz Law

Ordained:      1958

Settled:          2004

Dead:             1971

Assignment History:

  • 1958-1963 Anthony’s (Atwater, CA)
  • 1958-1963 Immaculate Conception (Buhach, CA)
  • 1958-1961 S. Air Base (Castle Field, CA)
  • 1963-1964 Peter’s (LeMoore, CA)
  • 1963-1964 Joseph’s (Stratford, CA)
  • 1963-1964 Rose’s (Tache Indian Reservation, CA)
  • 1964-1965 Patrick’s (Watsonville, CA)
  • 1965-1968 Mary of the Nativity (Salinas, CA)
  • 1965-1968 Camp McCollum (CA)
  • 1968-1969 Joseph’s (Capitola, CA)
  • 1969-1971 Augustine’s (Scotts Valley, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Michael McDonald:

In 2003, Fr. Michael McDonald was accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy repeatedly for several years when McDonald was assigned to St. Mary of the Nativity in Salinas, California. Between 1965-1968, Fr. Michael McDonald was assigned to St. Mary of the Nativity in Salinas, California and this is when the 10-year-old boy was abused.

According to media reports, Fr. Michael McDonald allegedly sexually abused the boy more than 100 times between 1964 and 1967, starting when he was 10 years old. According to a letter from the Diocese of Monterey, there was no liability acknowledged, rather just a statement in regards to a settlement. In the letter, the bishop stated that settling the case “was in the best interests of the Diocese of Monterey and of the individual making the claim.” The Diocese of Monterey settled for $760,000.

 Current Events

In 2019, Fr. Michael McDonald was included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Monterey who was named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse.

McDonald died in 1971.

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