Tag: Diocese of Orange

Fr. Eleuterio Ramos – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Eleuterio Ramos

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Eleuterio Ramos Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1966

Removed: 1991

Died: 2004

Assignment History:

  • 1966-1971: St. Thomas the Apostle (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1971-1972: St. Mariana de Paredes (Pico Rivera, CA)
  • 1972-1975: Resurrection (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1975-1978: St. Joseph (Placentia, CA)
  • 1975-1978: St. Therese’s (Atwood, CA)
  • 1976-1978: Diocesan Tribunal (Garden Grove, CA)
  • 1977-1980: Hispanic Commission
  • 1978: Immaculate Heart of Mary (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1979-1980: St. Luke Institute at Marsalin (Holliston, MA)
  • 1980-1983: St. Angela Merici (Brea, CA)
  • 1983-1984: Our Lady of Guadalupe (La Habra, CA)
  • 1984-1985: St. Anthony Claret Church (Anaheim, CA)
  • 1986: Unknown
  • 1987-1992: On Duty Outside The Diocese
  • 1993-2001: Inactive Leave

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Eleuterio Ramos:

Fr. Eleuterio V. Ramos, also known as “Father Al,” admitted to sexually abusing at least 25 boys. During his tenure, he worked in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Diocese of Orange, and Tijuana, Mexico. According to media reports, when the Diocese of Orange was created in 1976, Father Eleuterio Ramos was already under the doctor’s psychological care. Multiple allegations of taking children to inappropriate movies and possessing pornography followed during the 1970s and 1980s.

In August 1985, Fr. Ramos was accused of abusing a 17-year-old boy. He was placed on leave in and sent to St. Luke Institute, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse. Bishop Johnson provided him with a car and arranged for him to begin ministry in the Diocese of Tijuana, Mexico, where he was put in charge of a children’s ministry. In 1991, he was removed from ministry. In 2005, the Diocese of Orange settled several child sexual abuse claims against Father Ramos.

In 2017, a widow filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Dioceses of Orange and Los Angeles, alleging that her husband killed himself in 2015 because of depression over having been molested by Father Ramos when he was a 10-year old boy from 1975 to 1978, while Father Ramos worked at St. Joseph’s in Placentia, California. The suit states that he was an altar boy and served sacraments during Mass with Father Ramos, who began sexually molesting him and warned him not to tell anyone.

Father Ramos, abusing his role as a priest and mentor, “entrapped (the boy) in his web of sadistic abuse while simultaneously alienating (him) from his family and support system,” the suit states. He carried with him a sense of violation and guilt “until he could not do so any longer” and killed himself in March 2015, the suit states.

According to the lawsuit, Father Ramos was ordained by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and had already admitted to that body that he had molested one or more boys before he was sent to St. Joseph’s in Orange County. Both archdioceses failed to properly supervise Father Ramos and provide warnings to the victim’s family of his “dangerous propensities and unfitness,” the lawsuit states.

Father Ramos died in March 2004 without being prosecuted. He was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors and was included in a press release issued by the Diocese of Orange in 2004 as a priest accused and removed from ministry. Church documents released in 2005 as part of a $100 million settlement between the Orange Diocese and 90 alleged molestation victims said that he had admitted to molesting at least 25 boys. The documents show the extent of the cover-up perpetrated by those in power, even dating back to when they were priests or auxiliary bishops.

Father Ramos was eventually dubbed the “King of County Pedophiles” by at least one reporter because he had so many victims. Father Ramos’ personnel file was released in January 2013. He was considered the worst-ever pedophile priest in the history of the Diocese of Orange, known to frequently invite other people to rape children while he took photos.

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. 

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Br. Gus Krumm – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Brother Gus Krumm

Archdiocese of Los Angeles/Franciscan

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Ordained: 1982

Removed: 2003

Laicized: 2006

Assignment History:

  • 1980: St. Anthony’s Seminary (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1980: Santa Barbara Mission (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1982-1985: St. James the Apostle (Las Vegas, NV)
  • 1985-1987: St. Anthony’s Seminary High School (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1987-1988: Bishop Diego Garcia High School (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1988-1998: Ss. Simon and Jude (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • 1998-2002: Ascension (Portland, OR)
  • 2003: St. Francis of Assisi (Sacramento, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Gus Krumm:

A priest of the Franciscan Order, Br. Gustave Krumm worked in Reno, Los Angeles, and Portland, Sacramento, as well as in the Diocese of Orange. Br. Krumm was accused of sexually abusing nine boys under the age of 14 in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1995, a settlement was reached with a young boy who was sexually abused by Br. Krumm. It was revealed in several reports that the Diocese of Sacramento had known about the earlier accusations when it hired him in 1998.

In 2002, Krumm acknowledged “past indiscretions” while a seminarian and after ordination. A 1993 report by the Diocese of Sacramento’s review board determined that at least 34 St. Anthony’s Seminary students in Santa Barbara, CA, were sexually abused by 11 Franciscans — including Krumm — over three decades.

Br. Krumm was removed from his position as pastor of a Portland, OR parish in 2002. He was then moved to a Franciscan parish in Sacramento that same year but was removed six weeks after the media revealed his whereabouts. A few weeks later, two more men accused Krumm of molesting them at their Huntington Beach, CA parish when they were children in the early 1990s. This finally went to trial in a 2009 lawsuit in which the accuser’s brother joined the lawsuit, saying that he, too, was victimized by Krumm.

In a 2011 civil trial, an attorney for the Franciscans acknowledged that Krumm had abused seven teenagers. At least one accuser said his abuse occurred at the Santa Barbara Mission in 1980. Although Krumm was finally laicized in 2006, he is thought to be working for the state in Sacramento, CA.

Br. Krumm is listed on the Las Vegas Diocese’ 2019 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor, as well as on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans List the same year.

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. 

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Fr. John B. Doherty – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father John B. Doherty

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

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Ordained: 1939

Retired: 1987

Died: 2002

Assignment History:

  • 1940-1941: St. John Chrysostom (Inglewood, CA)
  • 1942-1944: St. Agnes’ (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1944: Los Angeles County General Hospital (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1945-1946: Sacred Heart (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1947-1948: St. Basil’s (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1949-1950: St. Mary Magdalen (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1951: St. Kevin’s (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1952: St. Matthew (Long Beach, CA)
  • 1953: St. Robert Bellarmine (Burbank, CA)
  • 1954: Our Lady of Peace (Sepulveda, CA)
  • 1955-1956: St. Finbar (Burbank, CA)
  • 1957: St. Raymond (Downey, CA)
  • 1957: Rancho Los Amigos (Downey, CA)
  • 1958: St. John Chrysostom (Inglewood, CA)
  • 1959-1960: St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA)
  • 1961-1973: St. Gerard Mejella (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1974: Mary Health of the Sick Hospital (Newbury Park, CA)
  • 1975: St. John’s Seminary (Camarillo, CA)
  • 1976-1988: St. Mary Magdalen Church (Camarillo, CA)
  • 2001: Nazareth House (Los Angeles, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father John B. Doherty:

According to media reports, Monsignor John B. Doherty (also spelled Dougherty) was accused of sexually abusing a minor from 1967 to 1969. He was named in a civil lawsuit in 2003. He is believed to have lived at a private residence in Dana Point, California, following his retirement in 1989 until he died in 2002. He was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors.

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. 

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Fr. John Deady – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father John Deady

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

John Deady

Ordained: 1939

Died: 1989

Assignment History:

  • 1940: St. Elizabeth’s (Pasadena, CA)
  • 1941-1942: St. Basil’s (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1943: San Buenaventura Mission (Ventura, CA)
  • 1944-1946: U.S. Navy Chaplain
  • 1947-1948: Holy Family (South Pasadena, CA)
  • 1949-1952: St. Matthias Catholic Church (Huntington Park, CA)
  • 1953: St. Anthony Catholic Church (San Gabriel, CA)
  • 1954: St. Columbkille Catholic Church (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1955-1957: Resurrection Catholic Church (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1958-1960: Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church (Paramount, CA)
  • 1961-1964: Saints Simon and Jude Church (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • 1965-1988: Presentation of Mary Catholic Church (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1988: St. John of God Nursing Home

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father John Deady:

Fr. John P. Deady was ordained in 1939. He was a U.S. Navy Chaplain from approximately 1943 to 1946 and it is unclear where he was located at that time. According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in April 2002, Fr. Deady was named in a lawsuit alleging he sexually abused a child from approximately 1956 to 1957 while serving at Resurrection Catholic Church in Los Angeles.

Father Deady was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors and has been sued for child sexual abuse. He retired in 1989 and died shortly after in March.

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. 

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Fr. Wallace Daley – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Wallace Daley

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

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Ordained: 1955

Died: 2000

Assignment History:

  • 1956-1957: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1958-1959: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church (Downey, CA)
  • 1958-1959: Pius X High School (Hollydale, CA)
  • 1960: St. Teresa of Avila Church (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1960: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church (Pasadena, CA)
  • 1961-1962: Santa Teresita Catholic Church (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1963: St. Francis Hospital (Lynwood, CA)
  • 1963: St. Emidyus Parish (Lynwood, CA)
  • 1964-1965: St. Philomena Catholic Church (Carson, CA)
  • 1964-1965: Harbor General Hospital (Torrance, CA)
  • 1965: Accepted into the Novitiate of the Padres Benedictine Order, (Morelia, Mexico)
  • 1966-1969: Active leave, Diocese of Mexico
  • 1969-1974: Unknown
  • 1975: St. Anne Church (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1975-1978: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1978-1988: Unknown
  • 1989: St. Joachim Church (Costa Mesa, CA)
  • 1989: Mission San Juan Capistrano (San Juan Capistrano)
  • 1990-2000: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Wallace Daley:

According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in 2002, Fr. Wallace Daley was accused of sexually abusing six children from approximately 1957 to 1963. Fr. Daley was excarnated from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles but remained active in the Diocese of Orange, the Diocese of Baja, and several other locations. His career as a priest included many sporadic assignments and leaves. He was named in at least one civil suit, which alleged that he molested a young boy 41 years earlier and settled in 2006.

Before the Diocese of Orange split from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Father Daley was listed in the Official Catholic Directory as being “on duty outside the Diocese,” and is believed to have been in charge of the small parish in the Delhi barrio of Santa Ana. After briefly reappearing in the Official Catholic Directory as being assigned to the Diocese of Orange from 1975 until 1978, Fr. Daley was again listed as being “on duty outside the Diocese” from 1979 until 1988. According to his personnel file, he was located near El Rosario, approximately 200 miles from Baja, until he again resurfaced in the Diocese of Orange in 1989.

In January 2013, Father Daley was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. Father Daley’s whereabouts and access to children from approximately 1990 until his death in April 2000 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. 

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Br. Gregory Atherton – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Brother Gregory Atherton

Archdiocese of Los Angeles/Servite

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Ordained: 1957

Assignment History:

1958-1967: Servite High School (Anaheim, CA)

1967-1988: St. Philip Benizi (Fullerton, CA)

1989-2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Gregory Atherton:

In 1993, Br. Gregory Atherton, a member of the Servite Order, was sued by three men alleging that Br. Atherton sexually abused them when they were young boys (14-16 years old) at Servite High School in Anaheim, CA, and at St. Philip Benizi, spanning from the 1960s-1980s.

During that time, the survivors claim that Atherton abused them after giving haircuts and after church services, music lessons, and choir practices. They also state in the court files that Atherton would also sexually abuse them in motels during road trips from California to Portland, Utah, and British Columbia. The timeline of his abuse notes that he molested at least one boy every day for two weeks as they traveled to and from Portland’s Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, better known as The Grotto, stopping in between at pornographic shops in San Francisco.

According to the Servites, Atherton’s behavior was first reported in 1990, when he was sent to Servants of the Paraclete in New Mexico, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse. As of 2005, the Diocese of Orange stated that two other survivors came forward and that they had reportedly paid $4,169,325 to settle lawsuits regarding sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by Atherton. According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, at least five survivors have come forward alleging child sexual abuse against Br. Gregory Atherton.

Br. Atherton, who is 90 years old, is currently living in a monastery in an undisclosed location. He fully acknowledged his wrongdoing and apologized to his Servite brothers. He was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors.

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. 

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Fr. Philip Wolfe – Diocese of Orange

Father Philip Wolfe

Diocese of Orange/Franciscan

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Ordained: 1980

Removed: 1989

Died: 1994

Assignment History:

  • 1981-1982: Unknown
  • 1983-1984: St. Anthony’s Seminary High School (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1985: Unknown
  • 1986-1987: St. Anne’s (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1988-1989: St. Barbara’s (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1990-1993: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Philip Wolfe:

Fr. Philip M. Wolfe, O.F.M., a member of the Franciscan Order, was convicted in 1989 of sexually abusing a young boy from 1975 to 1989 while he worked as the victim’s choir teacher at St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara, CA.

Fr. Wolfe was sentenced to one year in jail and five years’ probation. The Franciscans defrocked Fr. Wolfe after his conviction. Fr. Wolfe has been named in several civil lawsuits. One suit was filed in 2001, alleging Fr. Wolfe sexually abused a boy in Portland, Oregon, in 1982.

In the fall of 2009, two more suits against Fr. Wolfe surfaced. He committed suicide in 1994, but his legacy lives on. Fr. Wolfe was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2019 list and on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors.

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

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Fr. Ramon Varela – Diocese of Orange

Father Ramon Varela

Diocese of Orange/Franciscan

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Ordained: 1949

Died: 2002

Assignment History:

  • 1949-1955: Native American Mission, AZ
  • 1955-1960: St. Mary’s (Stockton, CA)
  • 1960-1962: Mission San Miguel (San Miguel, CA)
  • 1962-1963: St. Peter’s (Bapchule, AZ)
  • 1963-1967: Sacred Heart (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1967-1968: St. Elizabeth’s (Oakland CA)
  • 1968-1970: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Fresno, CA)
  • 1970-1972: Our Lady of Guadalupe (San Jose, CA)
  • 1972-1976: Ascension (Portland, OR)
  • 1975-1978: Saints Simon and Jude (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • 1978-1979: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Delano, CA)
  • 1979 Sacred Heart (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1979-1993: St. Francis Home (Santa Ana, NM)
  • 1993-2001: ElderCare Facilities (NM)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Ramon Varela:

Fr. Ramon Varela, a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. Barbara, was named publicly as accused by the Franciscans’ Santa Barbara Province on its 2019 list Friars that are Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. According to this list, a report was made in 1994, alleging that Fr. Varela sexually abused minors from 1949 to 1979. Fr. Varela died in 2002. His status as a priest and whether he had access to children from 1993 until his death is unknown.

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

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Br. Joe Sharkey – Diocese of Orange

Brother Joe Sharkey

Diocese of Orange/Servite

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Ordained: 1943

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Joe Sharkey:

Br. Joe Sharkey, a member of the Servite religious order, has been named in a civil lawsuit that alleged that he sexually abused a child in 1967 to 1968. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

He was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. Br. Sharkey’s clerical status, current whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown.

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

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Fr. John Ruhl – Diocese of Orange

Father John Ruhl

Diocese of Orange/Vincentian

John Ruhl Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1964

Removed: 2002

Assignment History:

  • 1965-1966: Unknown
  • 1967-1971: Seminary of Our Lady Queen Of Angels (San Fernando, CA) 1971: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Newell, CA)
  • 1972-1977: St. Vincent Seminary (Montebello, CA)
  • 1978-1979: St. Vincent de Paul (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • 1980-1981: St. Anthony Claret (Anaheim, CA)
  • 1982: Unknown
  • 1983-1987: Mission San Juan (Capistrano, CA)
  • 1988-1991: St. Joseph’s (Placentia, CA)
  • 1992-2001: Inactive Leave

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Fr. John Ruhl:

Fr. John Ruhl, a member of the Vincentian religious order, has been accused of child sexual abuse by at least three people. He was named in two civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse; one from 1972 to 1973 while at St. Vincent Seminary in Montebello, CA, and the other abuse from 1981 to 1982, while serving at St. Anthony Claret in Anaheim, CA.

In 1992, a lawsuit was filed against Fr. Ruhl, the Diocese of Orange, bishops, and other church officials. The lawsuit asked for a temporary restraining order and alleged that Fr. Ruhl physically assaulted a kindergartener at St. Joseph Elementary School in Placentia. Fr. Ruhl attended dinner every Friday night with the family the victim. Shortly after this lawsuit was filed, Fr. Ruhl took a leave of absence.

According to Fr. Ruhl’s priest files that were released in 2013, in 1993 church officials noted that they had given Fr. Ruhl a lie detector test after a previous accusation had come to light and said: “that there was reason to suspect that there had possibly been other inappropriate behaviors.”

Fr. Ruhl was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2019 list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. Fr. Ruhl was also named in the Diocese of Orange’s list of clergy removed from ministry due to a credible allegation of sexual abuse. As of 2016, the Diocese of Orange listed Fr. Ruhl’s status as a “Life of Prayer and Penance.”  Fr. Ruhl’s current whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orange 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 Orange now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Orange, 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.