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divine word missionaries sexual abuse

Most Religious Orders Still Operate ‘Under the Radar’

Most Catholic religious orders still refuse to put out a list of ‘credibly accused’ clerics. The latest one to actually take this minimal step, however  is the Chicago-based Divine Word Missionaries.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/5/14/22435254/exporting-abusive-priests-catholic-religious-order-society-divine-word-techny-northbrook-sex-abuse

It’s a pretty interesting list. And a somewhat vague one.

California has 39.5 million people. It covers 161,000 square miles and has 12 Catholic dioceses.

A credibly accused Divine Word cleric, Brother Jeremiah Walsh, worked there.

That’s all we’re told by his church supervisors. Not a town name or parish name or even a diocesan name.

Florida is smaller, with 21.5 million people over 65,758 square miles and seven Catholic dioceses.

Another credibly accused cleric, Fr. Crescente DeRivera, worked there.

Again, that’s all the information we’re given.

At least that’s better than how Divine Word officials list several other ‘credibly accused’ abusers.

Fr. Louis Altendorf was in China (population 1.4 billion).

Fr. Ponciano Ramos was in the Philippines (population: 109 million).

Br. Deogratias Aguilar was in Mexico (population 128 million).

Fr. Andrew (Dorfmeister) Masters was in South Africa, England and Ireland.

The list goes on and on: Br. Henry Miller (Ghana, Kenya), Fr. Elias Aiyako (Jamaica), Fr. Michael Carew (Ghana). . . .

But absolutely no one has any idea if these priests or brothers were in huge cities or tiny villages or both.

How on earth could providing this basic information be hurtful to Catholic officials, who constantly puff out their chests and declare how ‘open’ and ‘transparent’ they are about abuse these days?

https://www.divineword.org/those-credibly-accused/

And as bad as the Divine Word order is, the Christian Brothers worse.

They published a list of accused clerics only because they were forced to do so when they sought Chapter 11 protection.

That list has only individual names on it. No pictures or assignments. No years of ordination, death or abuse. No nothing.

And as best we can tell, the Christian Brothers haven’t updated the list since it was first posted seven years ago, except to note that one of the clerics has passed away.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/order_lists/Irish_Christian_Brothers_2017_05_21_List_of_Accused_with_Multiple_Claimants.pdf

Think about that a minute: essentially what the Christian Brothers hierarchy is saying either:

“We only posted a predators’ list because we were forced to and now that the litigation is over, we’re going right back to our secretive, reckless and callous secrecy,”

OR

“Not a single allegation against a single Christian Brother has surfaced in seven years that we deem credible or even worthy of public mention.”

What makes all this so egregious is that members of both religious orders work among some of the most vulnerable youngsters in the world – mostly Catholic kids in mostly Catholic schools, including those in boarding schools and in developing nations.

Help us force the truth out of recalcitrant, secretive religious orders. Ask your Catholic and ex-Catholic acquaintances if they know or suspect anything about clergy sex crimes and cover ups by Marianists, Jesuits, Christian Brothers, Divine Word Missionaries or any of the hundreds of other such church entities.

Horowitz Law represents children and adults who were victims of sexual abuse by clergy — whether it it a priest, brother minister, rabbi, deacon, nuns, or other clergy in civil lawsuits. If you or someone you know was a victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault at a church or other religious organization, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

 

Gabriel Byrne sexual abuse

Movie Star Calls His Perp – Please Don’t Try This!

In 2011, actor Gabriel Byrne disclosed that he’d been sexually abused by a Christian Brother in Ireland.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/19/gabriel-byrne-child-sex-abuse

Now, he’s revealing that, years later, he called his abuser.

https://metro.co.uk/2021/01/13/gabriel-byrne-contacted-the-priest-he-accused-of-sexually-abusing-him-13894646/

While we at Horowitz Law feel deep sympathy for Byrne (as we do all victims of childhood trauma), we beg you to NOT follow his lead.

Every survivor is different. Every survivor heals in different ways. And we at Horowitz Law aren’t therapists.  Still, we urge you to resist the temptation to contact the man or woman who hurt you as a child.

At best, you’ll very likely be disappointed.

At worst, it could come back to haunt you.

Byrne’s motive for the call, he admits, was ‘I wanted in those last seconds to call him a c*** and say that even though I don’t believe in Hell, I hope he does because I want him to be terrified and burn forever.”
However, the exchange didn’t go according to plan.

“But I said nothing. Some part of me did not want to hurt an old man with a kindly voice stuck in a retirement home who now had no memory of me or anything he’d done.”  Byrne has said that he had struggled with alcoholism and depression in the past, and that he had been “deeply hurt” over the abuse he endured as a boy, even though he described the horror as short-lived.

“It took many years to come to terms with it. . .” although at the time, “I didn’t think it severely impacted me.”

The star added: ‘Even years later, it feels like the night has been concreted over. I’ve been picking at it with a pin ever since, afraid to use a jackhammer, afraid of what’s buried in there.’

But about calling predators, you might think “My situation is somewhat different.” And you may be right.

Still, we urge caution. But if you really feel compelled to contact your abuser, we certainly hope you’ll consult with a therapist, an attorney and law enforcement first, before putting yourself at risk and making such a call.

“How can a call like this hurt me?” you might ask.

Sometimes, survivors – consciously or subconsciously – hope or even predict that, after the passage of years, a perpetrator will admit and apologize for his crimes. Sadly, that rarely happens, and often the victim is left wounded again.

Sometimes, after such a call, a predator will immediately phone the police and make false allegations of threats or extortion demands by the victim.

A few child molesters have gone so far as to call a friendly judge or police officer and seek or get a restraining order against the victim, which hurts both the survivor’s feelings and later potentially his or her credibility.

So, again, please reconsider making such a call.

There are of course exceptions. For example, sometimes when a victim finds the strength to call law enforcement, law enforcement officials ask the victim to do a carefully-arranged, taped call or meeting with the abuser.  But in nearly every other situation, again, we urge you to take other steps to foster healing rather than hope that phone contact with a child molester will be helpful to you.

(Byrne has starred in many films, including: Excalibur (1981), Miller’s Crossing (1990), The Usual Suspects (1995), Stigmata (1999), End of Days (1999), Spider (2002), Jindabyne (2006), Vampire Academy (2014), The 33 (2015), and Hereditary (2018), and co-wrote The Last of the High Kings (1996). Byrne has also produced several films, including the Academy Award–nominated In the Name of the Father (1993).

Br. Francis Verngren – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Brother Francis Verngren

Diocese of Santa Rosa (Christian Brothers)

Francis Verngren Diocese of Santa Rosa Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1936

Died: 2003

Assignment History:

  • 1937-1939: Unknown
  • 1940-1959: St. Peter’s High School and Sacred Heart High School (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1959-1969: St. Mary’s College High School (Berkeley, CA)
  • 1969-1984: St. Mary’s College High School (Napa, CA)
  • 1984: Justin-Siena High School (Napa, CA)
  • 1985-1988: Unknown
  • 1989: Retired

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Francis Verngren:

Br. Francis Verngren was a member of the Christian Brothers religious order who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Santa Rosa. According to media reports, in 2003, a man filed a civil lawsuit alleging that Br. Verngren sexually abused him when he was a child from 1966 until 1970 while Br. Verngren was principal and head dorm resident at St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley. The lawsuit was settled within a few months. Verngren died in December of that same year.

Br. Verngren is publicly named on the Oakland Diocese’s and the Santa Rosa Diocese’s 2019 list of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Santa Rosa, 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.

Br. Joseph Gutierrez-Cervantes – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Brother Joseph Gutierrez-Cervantes

Diocese of Santa Rosa (Christian Brothers)

Joseph Gutierrez-Cervantes Diocese of Santa Rosa Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1970

Left order: 1985

Assignment History:

  • 1970: Christ the King (San Antonio, TX)
  • 1971- 1972: St. Peter Church (Lamitan, Philippines)
  • 1975-1980: Cordi Marian-Sisters/Villa (San Antonio, TX)
  • 1981-1984: St. Anthony Claret (Fresno, CA)
  • 1984-1986: Hanna Boys Center (Sonoma, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Joseph Gutierrez-Cervantes:

Br. Joseph (Jesse) Gutierrez-Cervantes was a member of the Christian Brothers religious order who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Santa Rosa. Br. Gutierrez-Cervantes was a teacher at De la Salle and a licensed therapist at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. According to media reports, after leaving the order in 1985, he obtained a job as a contract psychologist at Hanna Boys’ Center in Sonoma. He was fired after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced. Br. Gutierrez-Cervantes’ victims said that they were sexually abused during therapy sessions.

Br. Gutierrez was named in a civil lawsuit in 2003 that alleged he sexually abused a minor at De La Salle High School, which was settled in 2004. According to a 1968 memo by Br. Gutierrez-Cervantes’ provincial, Br. Gutierrez was transferred to Concord from Berkeley, “where he had relationships with students that had sexual overtones.”

According to media reports, in 2019, another victim alleged sexual abuse as a minor by Br. Gutierrez, claiming he was drugged and abused by Gutierrez several times between 1968-1972 while at De la Salle. Br. Gutierrez-Cervantes was last known to have a communication consulting company in Sonoma in the 2000s and was known as Jesse Gutierrez-Cervantes.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Santa Rosa, 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.

Br. John Moriarty – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Brother John Moriarty

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Christian Brothers

John Moriarty Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1951

Died: 2013

Assignment History:

  • 1952-1968: Unknown
  • 1969-1973: LaSalle Manor (Plano, IL)
  • 1974-1978: Christian Brothers’ Retreat House (St. Helena, CA)
  • 1979-1983: Unknown
  • 1984-1989: California State Polytechnic Institute (San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • 1990-1992: St. Mary’s College (Moraga, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother John Moriarty:

Br. John Moriarty, a member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy from 1975-1976 while serving at St. Helena retreat house. The boy was a De La Salle senior whose mother had just passed away when Moriarty had just molested him. According to media reports, the case was settled for $1.2M, and it was reported a year later that Moriarty was living at Wounded Brothers Project, a treatment center for troubled clergy.

During his career, Moriarty worked in California, Oregon, and East Africa. Moriarty was publicly named on the Diocese of Santa Rosa’s 2019 list of clergy credibly accused of childhood sexual abuse.

Moriarty died in 2013.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 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 Archdiocese of San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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.

Br. Francis Verngren – Diocese of Oakland

Brother Francis Verngren

Diocese of Oakland/Christian Brothers

Francis Verngren Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1936

Died: 2003

Assignment History:

  • 1937-1939: Unknown
  • 1940-1959: St. Peter’s High School and Sacred Heart High School (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1959-1969: St. Mary’s College High School (Berkeley, CA)
  • 1969-1984: St. Mary’s College High School (Napa, CA)
  • 1984: Justin-Siena High School (Napa, CA)
  • 1985-1988: Unknown
  • 1989: Retired

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Francis Verngren:

Br. Francis Verngren was a member of the Christian Brothers’ religious order. According to media reports, in 2003, a man filed a civil lawsuit alleging that Verngren sexually abused him when he was a child from 1966 until 1970 while Verngren was principal and head dorm resident at St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley. The lawsuit was settled within a few months, and Verngren died that same year.

Verngren is publicly named on the Diocese of Oakland list and the Diocese of Santa Rosa 2019 list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

Verngren died in 2003.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Oakland in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in California, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Oakland 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Br. Raimond Rose – Diocese of Oakland

Brother Raimond Rose

Diocese of Oakland/Christian Brothers

Raimond Rose Horowitz Law

Joined Order: Unknown

Died: 2015

Assignment History:

  • De La Salle High School (Concord, CA)
  • 1968-1972: Cretin-Derham Hall High School (St. Paul, MN)
  • 1972-1975: Unknown
  • 1976-1980: Shanley High School (Fargo, ND)
  • 1981-2002: Unknown
  • 2002: No longer in active ministry
  • 2002: Chicago
  • 2002-2000: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Raimond Rose:

There have been at least 20 lawsuits filed against both Br. Raimond Rose and the Christian Brothers Order. The allegations state that Rose used his position as a teacher to abuse victims sexually and that the Order did nothing to protect students from future abuse after learning of his early attacks.

According to media reports, the plaintiff claims that when he was 15 or 16 years old, Rose sexually abused him while the two were at Dunrovin Christian Brothers Retreat Center in St. Croix, Minnesota.

A member of Chicago’s Christian Brothers of the Midwest, Rose taught high school at Catholic schools throughout Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and California for decades beginning in the 1960s. Reports of Rose sexually abusing students made their way to the Christian Brothers as early as 1966, yet he continued to teach and travel with students on overnight retreats for years.

Rose was removed from ministry in 2002, nearly 40 years after the Christian Brothers first learned he had abused students. According to public records, Rose continued to live in a Christian Brothers Community in Chicago.

Rose is listed on the Diocese of Oakland list in 2019 and on the Diocese of Fargo list in 2020 of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

He died in 2015.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Oakland in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in California, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Oakland 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Br. John Moriarty – Diocese of Oakland

Brother John Moriarty

Diocese of Oakland/Brothers of the Christian Schools

John Moriarty Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1951

Died: 2013

Assignment History:

  • 1952-1968: Unknown
  • 1969-1973: LaSalle Manor (Plano, IL)
  • 1974-1978: Christian Brothers’ Retreat House (St. Helena, CA)
  • 1979-1983: Unknown
  • 1984-1989: California State Polytechnic Institute (San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • 1990-1992: St. Mary’s College (Moraga, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother John Moriarty:

Br. John Moriarty, a member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy from 1975-1976 while he was serving at St. Helena retreat house in California. Moriarty was assigned there from 1974-1978. According to media reports, the case was settled for $1.2M, and it was reported a year later that Moriarty was living at Wounded Brothers Project, a treatment center for troubled clergy. During his career, he worked in California, Oregon, and East Africa.

Moriarty was publicly named on the Diocese of Santa Rosa’s 2019 list of clergy credibly accused of childhood sexual abuse. He was also included on the Diocese of Oakland list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

According to media reports, in 2019, a suit was filed by a man claiming abuse in the 1970s as a Moreau Catholic High student in Hayward, California by both Moriarty and principal Rev. Gordon Wilcox.

Moriarty died in 2013.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Oakland in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in California, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Oakland 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Br. Daniel McDonough – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Brother Daniel McDonough

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Christian Brothers)

Daniel McDonough Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • Laurence High School (Burbank, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Daniel McDonough:

Br. Daniel McDonough was a member of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, who served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, he was one of ten brothers, and two laymen accused by more than 30 men in a May 2013 civil lawsuit of sexual abuse at Brother Rice High School in Chicago and St. Laurence High School in Burbank, CA, both ran by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North American Province.

A $16.5 million payout to 400 accusers nationwide came out of a Chapter 11 reorganization settlement between creditors and the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North American Province, known as Irish Christian Brothers. Additionally, the order agreed to enforce a zero-tolerance policy for brothers accused of abuse. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles 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 Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 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.

Br. James A. Liguori – Archdiocese of New York

Brother James A. Liguori

Archdiocese of New York/Christian BrothersJames A. Liguori Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1968

Retired: 2012

Assignment History:

  • 1969: Cardinal Farley Military Academy, Rhinebeck, NY (NY)
  • 1970-1993: Unknown
  • 1994-2011: Iona College, New Rochelle, NY (NY)
  • 2011-2012: Fordham University, West Harrison, NY (NY)
  • 2013-2019: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother James A Liguori:

A member of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, Br. James A Liguori received allegations against him of child sexual abuse in 2008. According to media reports, the alleged abuse occurred in 1969 at Cardinal Farley Military Academy in Rhinecliff, New York. The survivor reported the abuse to the Diocese of New York in 2008, but the Irish Christian Brothers found the allegation not credible and took no action against Liguori. The victim filed a lawsuit in 2012.

Liguori reportedly resigned from his role at Fordham University in 2012. His current whereabouts, status as a brother, and whether he has access to children since 2013, are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of New York. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of New York 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 New York and nationwide. We can help.

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