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Fr. Charles Rourke – Diocese of San Bernardino

Father Charles Rourke

Diocese of San Bernardino

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Ordained: 1958

Suspended: 1984

Died: 1993

Assignment History:

  • 1958: St. Augustine Cathedral (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1958-1960: Immaculate Conception Parish (Douglas, AZ)
  • 1960-1961: Queen of Peace Parish (Mesa ()
  • 1961-1962: St. Joseph Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1962-1965: All Saints Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1966-1968: Newman Center (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1968-1969: St. Monica Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1969-1973: Leave of Absence and Archdiocese of Santa Fe
  • 1973-1975: Sacred Heart Parish (Nogales, AZ)
  • 1981-1984: St. Andrew Parish (Sierra Vista, AZ)
  • 1984-1990: Absent on Leave
  • 1991-2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Charles Rourke:

According to the Diocese of San Bernardino, Fr. Charles Rourke was accused of sexually abusing a child in 1979. According to a Special Pastoral Report from the Diocese of Tucson in 2003, records revealed a failure to report allegations against Rourke and that the Diocese of Tucson continued to give Rourke assignments after allegations came to light.

Rourke was suspended from ministry in 1984 for alcohol-related medical reasons. He took a leave of absence from 1969-1973 and was assigned to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. He returned to Tucson from 1973-1975 and 1981-1984, with another leave of absence from 1975-1981 between those assignments. He was removed from ministry in 1979.

Rourke died by suicide in April 1993, while under investigation for alleged sexual abuse of children in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Diocese of Tucson said it became aware of the child abuse allegations after his death.

Rourke has been named in at least one civil lawsuit, which was settled in 2006 as part of the Diocese of Tucson bankruptcy. In October 2018, Rourke was named in the Diocese of San Bernardino list and the Diocese of Tucson’s list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse, as well as on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe list.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of San Bernardino, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Charles Rourke – Diocese of San Bernardino

Father Charles Rourke

Diocese of San Bernardino

Ordained: 1958

Removed: 1979

Died: 1993

Assigned as follows:

  • 1958                St. Augustine Cathedral (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1958-1960      Immaculate Conception, (Douglas, AZ)
  • 1960-1961      Queen of Peace (Mesa, AZ)
  • 1961-1962      St. Joseph’s (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1962-1965      All Saints (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1966                St. Augustine’s Chapel (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1967-1968      University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1968-1969      St. Monica (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1969-1977      Leave of Absence and Archdiocese of Santa Fe 
  • 1973-1975      Sacred Heart (Nogales, AZ)
  • 1975-1981      On Leave of Absence
  • 1981-1984      St. Andrew (Sierra Vista, AZ)
  • 1984-1990      Absent on Leave

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Charles Rourke:

Father Charles Rourke was incardinated in the Diocese of Tucson and served in the Diocese of San Bernardino as an extern with faculties. He was known as a jazz musician and founded a youth mariachi band through Catholic Youth Services. He was suspended from ministry in 1984 for alcohol-related medical reasons. 

According to the Diocese of San Bernardino, Father Rourke was accused of sexually abusing a child in 1979. He was removed from ministry. While under investigation in April 1993 for alleged sexual abuse of children in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he committed suicide. In a Special Pastoral Report from Diocese of Tucson released in 2003, a review of archival records revealed that there was a failure to report allegations against Father Rourke, and he was given assignments after there was awareness of an allegation in 1979. 

Father Rourke was named in a civil suit, which settled in 2006 as a part of the Diocese of Tucson bankruptcy settlement. He was also named in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s list of clergy accused of child sexual abuse released in September 2017. In October 2018, he was named in the Diocese of San Bernardino and Diocese of Tucson’s lists of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in San Bernardino, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Charles Rourke – Diocese of Tucson

Father Charles Rourke

Diocese of Tucson

Ordained: 1958

Died: 1993 

 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1958                 St. Augustine Cathedral (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1958-1960       Immaculate Conception Parish (Douglas, AZ)
  • 1960-1961       Queen of Peace Parish (Mesa ()
  • 1961-1962       St. Joseph Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1962-1965       All Saints Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1966-1968       Newman Center (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1968-1969       St. Monica Parish (Tucson, AZ) 
  • 1969-1973       Leave of Absence and Archdiocese of Santa Fe
  • 1973-1975       Sacred Heart Parish (Nogales, AZ)
  • 1981-1984       St. Andrew Parish (Sierra Vista, AZ)

 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Charles Rourke:

According to media reports,  Father Charles Rourke was suspended from ministry in 1984 for alcohol-related medical reasons. He took a leave of absence from 1969-1973 and was assigned to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. He returned to Tucson from 1973-1975 and 1981-1984, with another leave of absence from 1975-1981 between those assignments. He was removed from ministry in 1979. 

According to a Special Pastoral Report from the Diocese released in 2003, a review of archival records revealed that there was a failure to report allegations of sexual misconduct with minors against Father Charles Rourke, and that he remained in ministry after allegations were reported. 

He died by suicide in April 1993, while under investigation for alleged sexual abuse of children in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Diocese of Tucson said it became aware of the child abuse allegations after his death. 

Father Rourke has been named in at least one civil lawsuit which was settled in 2006 as part of the Diocese of Tucson bankruptcy.  

In October 2018, Father Rourke was named in the Diocese of San Bernardino’s list of “Clergy Credibly Accused of Child Sexual Abuse.” According to this list, Father Rourke worked in the Diocese of San Bernardino as an extern priest with faculties and was accused of sexually abusing a child in 1979, of which the Diocese of San Bernardino was aware.

Father Rourke was also included on the Diocese of Tucson’s “List of clergy and other Church personnel identified by the Diocese of Tucson with assignments, employment or ministry service within the Diocese about whom the Diocese is aware of credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving a minor.” 

In September 2017, he was included on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s “List of Priests, Deacons, & Religious Accused of Sexual Abuse of Children,” as well.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Tucson in Arizona.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Arizona, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Tucson now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Arizona and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.