Monsignor Robert Friend
Diocese of Shreveport
Assigned as Follows:
- St. Joseph (Zwolle, LA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Msgr. Robert Friend:
Fr. Robert Friend was ordained to the priesthood and served in the Diocese of Shreveport. According to media reports, in February 2019, The Diocese of Alexandria included Msgr. Friend’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 noted that an allegation of child sexual abuse in the 1954 against Msgr. Friend came before the review board in 2004. The allegation was deemed credible, and the diocese reached a settlement with the victim in 2005.
In 2020, the Diocese of Shreveport released Msgr. Friend’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.
Monsignor Friend died in 1977.
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