Fr. Roberto Antonio Cadavid Arroyave – Diocese of Brooklyn


Father Roberto Antonio Cadavid Arroyave

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 2017

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Angels Church (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • St. Rita’s Catholic Church (Long Island City, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Roberto Antonio Cadavid Arroyave:

Father Roberto Antonio Cadavid Arroyave came to the Diocese of Brooklyn from the Diocese of Medellin in Colombia in December 2012. He served in Brooklyn and Queens parishes until June 2017, when he returned to Colombia. According to media reports, in October 2018, the Diocese of Brooklyn quietly removed him in June 2017 after learning that, before his arrival in Brooklyn, at least four boys had come forward accusing Father Cadavid of abusing them, starting in 2005 while he seved as director of a school. 

In Columbia, Father Cadavid was moved from church to church, transferred when new allegations were reported. One alleged victim said Father Cadavid paid him 88 million pesos (about $46,000) in 2009 to keep him quiet about the abuse him. At least six accusers. 

“We are still in the process of getting all the testimonies from victims, their families and witnesses,” said attorney Sara Goznalez, who is representing the six people, five of them still minors, who have accused Father Cadavid of abuse. “Some of the families are very afraid to come forward, so we are helping them through that. The church is very powerful in Colombia.”

“We have evidence of the dates that some of these victims were hidden inside the parishes, spending several days there at a time away from their families,” Gonzalez said. “We have their parents’ testimonies.”

In March 2018, Medellin Bishop Tobon denied knowing Father Cadavid was in the states, and claimed he did not recommend him for the transfer to Brooklyn because he suspended Cadavid in 2012, “immediately” after he learned of abuse allegations against him.  

Patrick Wall, a former priest and church sex abuse survivor advocate said, “This is another example of why the institution can’t police itself and the public has a reasonable fear that they won’t follow their own safety policies. We’ve supposedly had a zero-tolerance policy since 2002.”

In April 2018, the Diocese of Brooklyn informed its parishioners of Father Cadavid’s history of alleged abuse 10 months after his removal.

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