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Los Angeles Church Corruption – The Archdiocese That SHOULD Get it Right But Isn’t

If there was one city where the Catholic church hierarchy could try harder to do better on sexual abuse issues and church corruption, that place might be Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Archdiocese could reasonably make efforts above and beyond the norm, given that:

1. it’s the second-largest city in the US.

2. it’s the second-largest media market in the US.

3. it’s the largest archdiocese in the nation (with 4.1 million Catholics, LA has almost 1.5 million more Catholics than the second largest, New York City, which claims 2.5 million.)

5. it’s an archdiocese led for years by the now-disgraced Cardinal Roger Mahony, whose successor once barred him from public ministry in all of the parishes he once led.

6. it’s an archdiocese that was forced to pay the largest abuse settlement in Catholic church history ($660 million to 508 survivors in 2007.)

7. it’s next door to a diocese that was forced to pay what “is believed to be the largest publicly disclosed payment the church has ever made to an individual victim of sexual abuse.”

8. it’s in a state where survivors can seek justice in court for two years (ending this December) until they turn 55 and can sue both individuals and institutions.

9. it’s in a state which has essentially eliminated the CRIMINAL statute of limitations.

Los Angeles Church Corruption is STILL Happening

So the Catholic hierarchy has many incentives to work overtime to prevent and root out child sex crimes and cover-ups in the Los Angeles area. But alas, that’s not happening. Consider the recent case of a small religious order called the Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception, which operates in Ventura County (part of the LA archdiocese).

The first two sentences of an expose in a Catholic publication give the gist of the story:

“Six novices were dismissed last June from the California novitiate of a small religious order, just weeks after they reported that their novice master touched several of them inappropriately without their consent and engaged in manipulation and other conduct which caused them “serious harm.”

Their dismissal came after an internal investigation cleared the novice master of wrongdoing. But investigators did not interview any of the novices before rejecting their claims. 

You read that right. Six young men claimed sexual misconduct by their supervisor, and their abuser was ‘cleared’ by church officials even though none were interviewed. The men were then kicked out of the Catholic institution they’d pledged themselves to.

FYI: A ‘novice’ is someone who has been accepted into a religious order for a period of probation before taking vows. Novices are usually very devout and feel a ‘calling’ to serve God and his church. So they are particularly vulnerable because to be fully accepted into an order, they must obey their superiors.

They were abused. Then, they were betrayed. Then they were ostracized.
Does it get any worse than this? Tragically, yes, in two key ways. First, All of the supervisor’s alleged wrongdoing, and there’s plenty of it, (drunkenness, driving while drunk, explosive bursts of anger) happened in or since 2020. Needless to say, that’s almost two decades after the entire US Catholic hierarchy began claiming “We’ve reformed” when it comes to abuse.

Second, at least two levels of church supervisors have apparently ignored or shunned these six brave victims and backed their abuser: the religious order itself and the LA archdiocese, headed by Archbishop Jose Gomez. Gomez, by the way, is the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. When his term ends in November, he will have spent three years as the elected and undisputed leader of all Catholic prelates in the nation. It’s worth noting that, according to The Pillar (which broke this story), the novices “were attracted to (the order’s) reverent liturgy and orthodox theology.” In other words, these young men were ardent believers. They clearly believe in the church, its teachings, its authority, and the whole package.

Let’s be clear: sexual abuse or manipulation or betrayal is horrific, regardless of whether the victim is a member of the American Atheists or the most faithful member of the flock. Still, we at Horowitz Law can’t help but feel especially sorry for abuse survivors who are especially trusting of Catholic clergy, especially those in leadership roles, and dedicate their lives to “serving God’s people.”

At this point, a skeptic might claim “Wait, you’re basing your critique largely on one news source, and a source few people are familiar with. What if The Pillar is biased?”

Two quick rebuttals.

First, this expose appeared almost a week ago on The Pillar website. As best we can tell, not a single church official – either with the archdiocese or the religious order – has made even a tepid statement denying these charges.

Second, The Pillar is a relatively new – and conservative – Catholic publication headed by two journalists who formerly worked for the Catholic News Agency. So if it has a bias, it’s not a secular or anti-church bias. It’s considered to be ‘orthodox,’ which is “in full communion with the church.”

We at Horowitz Law applaud these courageous young men. We deplore how callously and hurtfully they are being treated. But we are grateful that a light is being shone on this horror. And it’s taking place in one of our nation’s most survivor-friendly states, so there is at least a chance that their abuser and his accomplices may be brought to justice. We hope Los Angeles church corruption ends.

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5 Disturbing Facts About the Los Angeles Archdiocese’s Lack of Accountability on Predator Priests

While researching some predator priests in Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Archdiocese, we at Horowitz Law stumbled on a few disturbing facts about what is really going on behind the scenes in LA.

Disturbing Fact #1: At least 355 proven, admitted, and credibly accused abusive Catholic clergy are or have been in that one jurisdiction. That’s not a typo, 355. That figure comes from perhaps the nation’s most comprehensive and trusted source of information on the church’s continuing crisis, BishopAccountability.org. The Archdiocese consists of 288 parishes, which means that, on average, every single church in the sprawling area has been ‘served’ by MORE than one child molester.

Disturbing Fact #2: Los Angeles Catholic officials have DELETED their list of predator priests at least twice over the years. They did this for the first time in November 2008. According to BA.org, “This very significant change was apparently not flagged on the archdiocesan website.” In other words, no explanation was given for the sudden redaction of every child molesting cleric’s name. There still are child molester clergy on the run from the law, that had been criminally convicted, or had served prison time but were now walking free. Thankfully, the diligent researchers at BA.org noticed this self-serving move by archdiocesan officials and contacted them in May 2012.

In December of that same year, the Archdiocese once again listed the names more than six months later. But this was an entire decade after Los Angeles’ Cardinal Roger Mahony and his colleagues across the US adopted the so-called “Charter for the Protect of Children,” in which they pledged to replace decades of reckless secrecy with full transparency about abuse. And it was after they were ‘caught’ being duplicitous by a widely-respected archive organization.

A mere two years later, in February of 2014, archdiocesan staffers again deleted their ‘credibly accused’ list again without warning or explanation. Obviously, they later reversed course again and the list can now be found here.

Disturbing Fact #3: In 2013, the Archdiocese listed, but did not name, six accused abusers, calling them Z-I, Z-II, Z-III, etc. Why would they not list the names?

Disturbing Fact #4: Listed on its website, the Archdiocese claims that its child protection efforts “are among the most effective in the nation at preventing abuse and dealing with allegations of abuse.” We at Horowitz Law beg to differ and challenge Archbishop Jose Gomez to prove this deceptive claim. The oddities and omissions don’t end here.

Disturbing Fact #5: One year ago, Archbishop Jose Gomez ‘updated’ the Los Angeles predator priest list. He added a category called “Status,” in which clerics are deemed ‘Retired,’ ‘Inactive,’ ‘Left Archdiocese, ‘ ‘Administrative Leave,’ ‘Lay State,’ ‘No Faculties to Minister,’ ‘Exonerated,’ ‘Excardinated,’ ‘Deceased.’ or ‘Lifetime of Prayer and Penance.’ Progress, right? At that same time, Gomez no longer provides assignment lists for the accused abusers. That’s right: now, no one has any idea where any of these offenders worked, whether they spent years at one parish or worked at 10 or 12 or 15 parishes, and suddenly moved without explanation after one or more victim, witness, or whistleblower spoke up.

And it’s interesting to note how hard the Los Angeles Archdiocese works to distance itself from some of these predators. At least one, for instance, Fr. Manuel Sanchez, is listed as ‘Retired/Residing out of the country.’ There is no disclosure about specifically where he is now. Gomez apparently is signaling to his flock, “No need to worry. Fr. Sanchez is not around here now. Your kids are safe.” But he could be at another diocese.

And presumably, since we’re dealing with literally hundreds of accused child molesters, it can’t be a coincidence that none of them are listed as ‘Retired/Residing right here in our community now.’ To his credit, Gomez at least mentions that Fr. Stanislaus Poon was ‘excardinated’ to the Diocese of Oakland, Fr. Gaspar Bautista was ‘excardinated’ to the Diocese of Fresno, and Fr. Charles Fatooh went on to be ordained in the Diocese of Monterey. Notice, however, the implication that these clerics are essentially ‘free agents,’ going wherever they want to go. The implication is that no one in the church hierarchy sent these men anywhere. Therefore, no bishop, archbishop, cardinal, or vicar general did anything wrong. There is ZERO accountability.

And what are we to make of this odd category? PRIESTS WITH NO ASSIGNMENT IN THE ARCHDIOCESE. This group includes Fr. Jesus Jess Dominguez, Fr. Thomas J. Mohan, Fr. Ernest Paone, and Fr. Fidel Rosas Flores. At least two of these priests are deceased, which obviously explains why they have no assignment. But how are these men different from those in other categories?

In short, the Los Angeles Archdiocese’s list of proven, admitted, and credibly accused child molesting clerics is far less helpful and inclusive than it should be. It is far more vague and confusing than it should be. It sure seems as if this is precisely what Archbishop Gomez and his top aides want. But then again, Catholic church corruption has been going on for decades. Thoughts?

Brother Remy Rudin – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Brother Remy Rudin

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Jesuits) 

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Ordained: Unknown

Died: 1991

Assigned as follows:

  • Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Remy Rudin:

Brother Remy Rudin was a member of the Franciscan order who worked in the O’odham community of Topawa in the 1950s, from 1977 to 1978 and again from 1985 to 1989. According to media reports, in 2004, he was credibly accused in lawsuits of abusing at least eight boys when they were minors at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Oregon, a correctional center for teenage boys, between 1965 and 1975 while serving as a chaplain. He was one of at least twenty-six Franciscan perpetrators sent to Santa Barbara following their expulsion from the Diocese of San Diego.

In 2019, Brother Remy Rudin’s name was included on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans’ and Diocese of Phoenix’s  lists of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

He died in 1991.

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.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Edward Stretch (Jesuits) – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Edward Stretch 

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Jesuits)

Edward Stretch Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Died: 1970

Assigned as follows:

  • 1932- 1935: St. Ignatius High School (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1935- 1939: Alma College (Los Gatos, CA)
  • 1939- 1940: Manresa Hall (Port Townsend, WA )
  • 1940- 1942: Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, CA)
  • 1942- 1946: U.S. Army Chaplain
  • 1946- 1952: Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)
  • 1952- 1953: Our Lady of Sorrows Church (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1953- 1954: Loyola University (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1954- 1970: Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Edward Stretch:

Father Edward Stretch was a Jesuit priest who worked in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Santa Barbara in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, in December 2018, he was named publicly as accused by the Jesuits West Province on its list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. It noted an allegation of abuse was reported in 2012. No further information regarding the allegation including age/gender of the victims, or the priest’s assignment at the time of the alleged abuse was disclosed.

Father Stretch died in May 1970.

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.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Leo Tubbs – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Leo Tubbs 

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Dominicans)

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Ordained: 1966

Removed: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1966-1968:      St. Albert’s College (Oakland, CA)
  • 1969-1971:      Daniel Murphy High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1969-1970:      Dominican Fathers (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1972:                University of San Diego High School (San Diego, CA)
  • 1973-1975:      Dominican Fathers (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1973-1974:      Daniel Murphy High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1975-1977:      St. Raymond’s Dominican Retreat (Thousand Oaks, CA)
  • 1978-1981:      Daniel Murphy High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1979-1981:      Dominican Fathers and Brothers (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1982-1983:      Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1982-1983:      St. Raymond of Penafort House (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1984:                St. Dominic’s (Benicia, CA)
  • 1985:                Holy Rosary (Antioch, CA) 
  • 1986:                Dominican Order, Siena House (Oakland, CA)
  • 1987-1989:      Holy Rosary (Antioch, CA)
  • 1990-1991:      Holy Rosary Parish and Dominican Priory (Portland OR)
  • 1992:               St. Benedict’s Lodge (McKenzie Bridge, OR)
  • 1993:                Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (Berkeley, CA) 
  • 1993-2017:      Dominican Order, Siena House (Oakland, CA) 
  • 2018-2021:      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leo Tubbs:

Father Leo Tubbs was a Dominican priest who spent more than 30 years working in mostly Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, he was transferred to Oregon, but shortly after his arrival he was confined to a Dominican priory in California following allegations that he had “inappropriate contact with adult males” and “non-genital touching over clothing” with a 15-year-old boy. 

In 2004, he traveled to Bangkok without permission to visit a friend, which resulted in him being “put on lockdown” within the Siena House in Oakland. At all times he had someone accompany him anytime he left the property. Father Tubbs was reportedly one of seven sex offenders secretly living at a Dominican priory in Oakland in 2004. The community reportedly had no knowledge that the property was housing sex offenders until it was exposed by the news media. His current whereabouts 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.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles and nationwide. We can help.

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

Br. Joseph Stadtfeld – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Brother Joseph Stadtfeld 

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Passionists)

Joseph Stadtfeld Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1959

Died: 1995

Assigned as follows:

  • N/A

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Joseph Stadtfeld:

Brother Joseph Stadtfeld (Stadfield) was a member of the Congregation of the Passion religious order, who served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, two sisters have accused him of sexually abusing them when they were children from approximately 1958 to 1966. The alleged abuse occurred at a Passionist Monastery and Retreat House in Sierra Madre. 

In February 2007, the sisters shared with Cardinal Mahony several letters from Stadtfeld, asking for their forgiveness.

“No longer did it feel like we were alleged victims,” said one sister of the meeting. “We felt that [Mahony] believed, that he believed that this happened.”

Brother Stadtfeld died in 1995. His name was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of clergy 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 Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Thomas J. Sullivan – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Thomas Sullivan 

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Thomas Sullivan Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1944

Died: 1992 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1945:                Unknown
  • 1946-1947:      Loyola University (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1948-1955:      Manresa Retreat House (Azusa, CA)
  • 1956-1960:      Hiroshima Gakuin High School (Japan)
  • 1961-1963:      University of Santa Clara (Santa Clara, CA)
  • 1964-1966:      University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1967-1968:      Jesuit Curia (Rome, Italy)
  • 1969:                University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1970-1978:      Newman Center University of Hawaii (Honolulu, HI)
  • 1979-1989:      Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1990-1991:      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Sullivan:

Father Thomas Sullivan was a Jesuit priest ordained in 1944, who served in multiple parishes in Japan, Rome, Hawaii, and in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  According to media reports, in 2002, he was accused of child sexual abuse said to have occurred in 1953 at Loyola High School. Father Sullivan was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of sexually abusing a Loyola High student from 1956-1958. At least one civil lawsuit was filed against him. His name appeared on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Father Sullivan died in 1992.

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.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Robert W. Spader – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Robert Spader   

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Robert Spader Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1962

Died: 1982

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962-1968: St. Raymond (Downey, CA)
  • 1968-1970: St. Dorothy (Glendora, CA)
  • 1970-1973: St. Anthony Elementary School (San Gabriel, CA)
  • 1973-1974: Our Lady of Refuge (Long Beach, CA)
  • 1974-1975: St. John Chrysostom (Inglewood, CA)
  • 1974-1975: Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital (Inglewood, CA)
  • 1975-1976: St. Michael (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1976-1977: Sick Leave
  • 1977-1982: Inactive Leave

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Spader:

Father Robert Spader was ordained a priest in 1962 who served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, in 2018, his name appeared on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ updated list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. which supplements the 2004 Report to the People of God. It noted incidents of child sexual abuse from 1972-1973 were reported in 2007 and 2008.

Father Spader died in 1982.

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.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Raymond Stiechen – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Raymond Stiechen 

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Salesians)

Raymond Stiechen Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • N/A

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Raymond Stiechen:

Father Raymond Stiechen was a Salesian priest who served in the Archdiocese of Los AngelesAccording to media reports, in 2013, his name was quietly added, along with 24 others, to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Final Addendum of its list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors posted on its website. It lists 49 “names of clergy from a follow up review of Archdiocesan files, and names of clergy involved in Clergy I litigation which were not previously posted.” The Los Angeles Times reports that the 24 names were disclosed in a report posted on the archdiocese’s website in January 2013 along with 12,000 pages of internal records detailing how the church dealt with abuse claims.

Father Stiechen’s current whereabouts 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.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. William J. Wood – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father William Wood 

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Jesuits)

William Wood Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1965

Died: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • 1958-1961:      St. Ignatius High School (San Francisco, CA) 
  • 1961-1962:      Loyola High School (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 1962-1966:      Alma College (Los Gatos, CA) 
  • 1966-1967:      (Wepion, Belgium) 
  • 1967-1969:      Collegio Bellarmino (Rome, Italy) 
  • 1969-1977:      University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) 
  • 1977-1979:      Bellarmine College Preparatory (San Jose, CA) 
  • 1979-1984:      Sacred Heart Jesuit Center (Los Gatos, CA) 
  • 1984-1991:      Jesuit High School (Carmichael, CA) 
  • 1991-1997:      Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA) 
  • 1997-2000:      University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) 
  • 2000-2002:      Verbum Dei High School (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 2002-2004:      Sacred Heart Jesuit Center (Los Gatos, CA) 
  • 2004-2008:      Colombiere House (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 2008-2014:      Sacred Heart Jesuit Center (Los Gatos, CA) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William Wood:

Father William Wood was ordained a priest in 1965, who served in the Archdiocese of Los AngelesAccording to media reports, in January 2013, his name was quietly added, along with 24 others, to the Archdiocese Final Addendum list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

The 24 names were disclosed in a report posted on the archdiocese’s website along with 12,000 pages of internal records detailing how the church dealt with child sexual abuse claims. BishopAccountability.org, a non-profit group that researches and archives documents related to clergy sex abuse, originally uncovered the list and published the names of the suspected offenders.

In 2018, Father Wood’s name was also included on the Jesuits West Province list, which noted a report in 2002 of the sexual abuse of a minor that same year. He died 2014.

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.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles and nationwide. We can help.

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