Fr. William Bressler
Diocese of Shreveport
Assigned as Follows:
- Sacred Heart Parish (Salt Lake City, UT)
- St. Catherine of Siena (Shreveport, LA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. William Bressler:
Fr. William Bressler was ordained a Josephite priest in 1961, and served in the Diocese of Shreveport. According to media reports, in December 2018, Fr. William Bressler was publicly named on the Diocese of Salt Lake City’s disclosure list of clergy with allegations of sexual abuse of minors. The list notes that the allegation of child sexual abuse in the 1950s against Fr. Bressler was received in 2004. The allegation that Fr. Bressler groped a minor was reported to law enforcement, and the diocese removed Fr. Bressler’s faculties.
In 2018, the Diocese of Shreveport released Fr. Bressler’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.
In February 2019, The Diocese of Alexandria included Fr. Bressler’s name on its list of “clergy duly incardinated or at one time serving in the Diocese of Alexandria accused of sexual misconduct and abuse of minors by allegations brought by victims or by written testimony.” The list notes that multiple allegations of child sexual abuse in the 1960s against Fr. Bressler were received in 2004 and 2005. The alleged victims were both male and female. The allegations were deemed credible, and the diocese reached settlements with the victims in 2006 and 2017.
Fr. Bressler died in 1990.
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