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Judge Sets Final Filing Date in New Orleans Archdiocese Bankruptcy

A federal bankruptcy court judge has ordered all sexual abuse claims against the New Orleans Archdiocese to be filed no later than March 1, 2021.  The ruling comes after the Archdiocese previously sought a much shorter filing date, often referred to as a “bar date.”  The extended date will allow the Court to deal with other matters such as disputes between the Archdiocese and its insurance carriers about how much coverage exists, and to resolve challenges by victims’ lawyers that assets were fraudulently transferred to avoid becoming part of the bankruptcy estate.

Through our own investigation at Horowitz Law, we have identified at least 96 clergy who have been publicly accused of sexually abusing children in the New Orleans Archdiocese, a staggering number given the Catholic population of the area.

The March 1, 2021, date is referred to as a “bar date” by the Bankruptcy Court because the Archdiocese will be forever immune from suit in any sexual abuse claim not filed by that date.  Survivors will never again have any chance for accountability after March 1, so it is critically important that you contact a lawyer today if you were harmed by an employee or volunteer in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, including laypeople and teachers.  This also applies anyone sexually abused as an adult and the estates of deceased victims.

Our attorneys have decades of experience representing victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.  Contact us confidentially now.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Stephen Placa – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Sister Stephen Rose

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: N/A

Died: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Sister Stephen Rose:

According to media reports, in August 2005, Sister Stephen Rose was named in a lawsuit filed by six men alleging they were sexually molested, beaten and humiliated 40 years earlier by nuns, priests and civilian staff members at Madonna Manor, a Catholic home for troubled orphaned boys in Marrero. The plaintiffs’ were between the ages of 4 and 14 at the time, and in many cases named staff members and recounted specific beatings and incidences of rape or sexual molestation. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Richard McCormick (Salesians) – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Richard McCormick

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: 1970

Removed: 2002

Died: 2020

Assigned as follows:

  • < 1970-1971   St. Dominic Savio High School (Boston, MA)
  • 1971-1975      Salesian Prep School; Resident Junior Seminary; Camp Salesian for Boys; Retreat House for Boys; Salesian Boys Club (Cedar Lake, IN)
  • 1975-1976      Unknown
  • 1976-1980      Salesian Junior Seminary (Goshen, NY)
  • 1980-1985      Don Bosco Retreat Center (West Haverstraw, NY)
  • 1980s              Camp Salesian/ Sacred Heart Retreat Center and Seminary (Ipswich, MA)
  • 1985-1991      Salesian Provincial House (New Rochelle, NY)
  • 1991-1992      St. Rosalie’s (Harvey, LA)
  • 1992-1998      Don Bosco Technical High School (Boston, MA)
  • 1992-1998      St. John Bosco Chapel (Boston, MA)
  • 1998-2000      Savio Preparatory High School (Boston, MA)
  • 2000-2002      St. Petersburg Catholic High School (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 2002-2005      Unknown
  • 2005-2009      NY Marian Shrine (Stony Point, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Richard McCormick:

Father Richard McCormick, a Salesian priest, served as a teacher or director at Salesian retreat houses, boys’ camps and various schools in Massachusetts, New York, Indiana and Florida throughout his career. In the six years before his time at St. Rosalie, he led the New York-based office, or Eastern Province, which supervised Salesians in New Orleans and many other places.

According to media reports, in 2002, he was removed from his position at St. Petersburg Catholic High amid an accusation of sexually harassing a female student. 

It is unknown where he was assigned between 2002 and 2005. At some point, though, in the 2000s the Salesians settled with a man who alleged Father McCormick raped him on a trip to Rome in 1975 when he was a 14-year-old Salesian Prep student in Cedar Lake IN. 

In August 2009, the Order announced a settlement with three more men alleging child sexual abuse by Father McCormick in the late 1970s at Salesian Junior Seminary in Goshen, NY. Three others came forward soon after. He was suspended from ministry.

In August 2012, Father McCormick was arrested for the rape of a boy, ages 9 and 10, at the Salesian camp for underprivileged children in Ipswich MA in 1981 and 1982. He pleaded not guilty, but was convicted in November 2014 and sentenced to 8 to 10 years in prison, followed by 10 years’ probation. His victim filed a civil suit in March 2015.

According to court records, Father McCormick would take the boy from his bed to the camp office to abuse him. He would also abuse the boy in a storage closet. His victim said he was so terrified he would hide under his older brother’s bed, on a fire escape or in the woods. The boy knew McCormick as “Fr. Dick.”

Father McCormick was arrested again in April 2013, on charges of raping a 6- to 8-year-old boy at the same camp between 1981 and 1983. He once again pleaded not guilty, but later pleaded guilty to reduced charges. His victim said the priest would have him sit on his lap and that “it hurt.” In August 2015, he was convicted and sentenced to another 8- to 10-year prison sentence, to run concurrently with the sentence he was already serving.

At least 17 people are reportedly known to have alleged they were sexually abused as children by Father McCormick, some as early as 1963.

In December 2019, Father McCormick’s name was added on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors, after the Associated Press asked why it was missing.  In February 2020, his name was added to the Diocese of Columbus’s list. In 2021, his name was added on the Salesian’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. McCormick died in prison in April 2020.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Br. Samuel Martinez (Brothers of the Christian Schools) – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Brother Samuel Martinez

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: N/A

Died: 2016

Assigned as follows:

  • 1976-1985 Cathedral High School (El Paso, TX) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Samuel Martinez:

Brother Samuel Martinez, a member of the Brothers of Christian Schools order, held positions as teacher, principal, care-giver and Campus Minister in De La Salle, New Orleans, LA, San Antonio and El Paso, TX and did missionary work in the Phillippine Islands. 

According to media reports, in March 2003, he was named in a lawsuit filed by a man alleging that he sexually abused him as a sophomore at Cathedral High, a top private Catholic high school for boys in El Paso, between 1983 and 1985. Brother Martinez left the school in 1985.

The man alleged that “The sexual abuse inflicted on him by Brother Sam Martinez was extensive, disturbing, and was associated with the use of pornographic videos which depicted sexual abuse of young girls by older men including the depiction of physically painful episodes of the abuse of minor girls.”

The suit was settled in July 2004. At the time, the Brothers of the Christian Schools, District of New Orleans-Santa Fe was under contract to run the school. At least 10 more men alleged sexaul abuse as boys at Cathedral High when Brother Martinez was principal from 1976 to 1985. One suit alleged that “he touched the boy inappropriately” in New Orleans in 1971, before he was transferred to El Paso. 

“Instead of taking action then, Martinez was given a 100-day vacation at a retreat center in Santa Fe and then transferred to Cathedral High,” the lawyer said.

At least four lawsuits were settled with alleged victims, and more than $3.6 million was paid out. The most recent settlement was in 2012.

In September 2014, Brother Martinez was living in a Lafayette retirement home and permitted under safety plan to travel to Holy Family Community on the campus of John Paul The Great Academy on weekends for religious exercises. After media coverage, however, those visits stopped. He died in 2016.  In January  2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of El Paso’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Sr. Martin Marie – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Sister Martin Marie

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: N/A

Died: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Mary Manor (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Sister Martin Marie: 

Sister Martin Marie (aka Theresa M. Gmeiner) was a nun of the School Sisters of Notre Dame who professed her vows in 1952. For most of her professional life, she served as an elementary grade school teacher in various places in Pennsylvania. In 1997, she served as Pastoral Minister at St. Mary Manor. 

According to media reports, in August 2005, Sister Martin Marie was named in a lawsuit filed by six men alleging they were sexually molested, beaten and humiliated 40 years earlier by nuns, priests and civilian staff members at Madonna Manor, a Catholic home for troubled boys in Marrero. The plaintiffs’ were between the ages of 4 and 14 at the time, and in many cases named staff members and recounted specific beatings and incidences of rape or sexual molestation. 

In March 2006, Sister Martin Marie was named in another wave of lawsuits filed by eight more men who lived as children at Madonna Manor in the 1950s and 1960s, who alleged they were frequently beaten and sexually abused at the home. A total of 17 alleged perpetrators of child sexual abuse were named from Madonna Manor. The suits  were settled for $5.2 million in 2009. 

In August 2019, Sister Martin Marie died. One month later in September, she was again accused in a lawsuit, along with Monsignor Raymond Hebert, Sisters Gertrude Marie, Alvin Marie and lay worker Charlie Earhart, of repeatedly physically and sexually abusing a boy over a period of 10 years, beginning in 1965, at Madonna Manor. The suit accused Sisters Martin Marie, Alvin Marie, Gertrude Marie and of regularly hitting him with a paddle.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Sr. Mary Omer – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Sister Mary Omer

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: N/A

Died: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • Holy Redeemer School (Rochester, NY)
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (Washington, DC) 
  • St. Frances School (Keyser, West VA)
  • Our Lady of Fatima School (Baltimore, MD)
  • St. Matthew School (Baltimore, MD)
  • St. Benedict Parish (Baltimore, MD)
  • Good Shepherd School (Perryville, MD)
  • St. Agnes Parish (Catonsville, MD)
  • Our Lady of the Angels at Charlestown Retirement Community (Catonsville, MD)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Sister Mary Omer: 

Sister Mary Omer was a nun of the School Sisters of Notre Dame who professed her vows in 1955. She spent her life serving as an educator and administrator in Baltimore City and across Maryland for more than 40 years.

According to media reports, in August 2005, Sister Mary Omer was named in a lawsuit filed by six men alleging they were sexually molested, beaten and humiliated 40 years earlier by nuns, priests and civilian staff members at Madonna Manor, a Catholic home for troubled boys in Marrero. The plaintiffs’ were between the ages of 4 and 14 at the time, and in many cases named staff members and recounted specific beatings and incidences of rape or sexual molestation. 

In March 2006, Sister Mary Omer was named in another wave of lawsuits filed by eight more men who lived as children at Madonna Manor in the 1950s and 1960s, who alleged they were frequently beaten and sexually abused at the home. One alleged victim, who arrived at the home when he was 11 years old said Sister Mary Omer, once split his scalp with a flashlight. A total of 17 alleged perpetrators of child sexual abuse were named from Madonna Manor. The suits  were settled for $5.2 million in 2009. 

She retired in 2015 and died in 2019.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Sr. Gertrude Marie – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Sister Gertrude Marie Sister Mary Omer

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: N/A

Died: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • 1979-1988      St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home (San Antonio,TX)
  • 1988-2004      Madonna Manor (Marrero, LA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Sister Gertrude Marie:

Sister Gertrude Marie was a nun of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and with her twin sister, professed her vows in 1953. She spent her life caring for children. According to media reports, in August 2005, she was named in a lawsuit filed by six men alleging they were sexually molested, beaten and humiliated 40 years earlier by nuns, priests and civilian staff members at Madonna Manor, a Catholic home for troubled boys in Marrero, where she served for 26 years. The plaintiffs’ were between the ages of 4 and 14 at the time, and in many cases named staff members and recounted specific beatings and incidences of rape or sexual molestation. 

In March 2006, Sister Gertrude Marie was named in another wave of lawsuits filed by eight more men who lived as children at Madonna Manor in the 1950s and 1960s, who alleged they were frequently beaten and sexually abused at the home. A total of 17 alleged perpetrators of child sexual abuse were named from Madonna Manor. The suits  were settled for $5.2 million in 2009. Sister Gertrude Marie died in 2014.

In September 2019, she was again accused in a lawsuit, along with Monsignor Raymond Hebert, Sisters Martin Marie, Alvin Marie (her twin) and lay worker Charlie Earhart, of repeatedly physically and sexually abusing a boy over a period of 10 years, beginning in 1965, at Madonna Manor. The suit accused Sisters Alvin Marie, Gertrude Marie and Martin Marie of regularly hitting him with a paddle. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Robert Poandl (Glenmary Home Missioners) – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Robert Poandl

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: 1968

Died: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1973 St. Francis (Aberdeen, MS)
  • 1968-1973 St. Helen’s (Armory, MS) 
  • 1968-1973 Immaculate Heart of Mary (Houston, MS) 
  • 1968-1973 St. Theresa’s (Okolona, MS) 
  • 1968-1973 Christ the King (Fulton, MS) 
  • 1973?-1974? St. Jude’s (Mifflintown, PA)
  • 1973?-1974? Our Lady of Refuge (Doylesburg, PA)
  • 1974-1975 Glenmary House of Studies (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1979-1981 Motherhouse of Glenmary Home Missions (Fairfield, OH)
  • 1979-1981 St. Luke (Dahlonega, GA)
  • 1981-1988 St. Francis of Assisi (Blairsville, GA)
  • 1981-1988 St. Paul the Apostle (Cleveland, GA)
  • 1988-1994 Headquarters of Glenmary Home Missioners (Fairfield, OH)
  • 1994-1999 Holy Cross (Pittsburg, TX)
  • 1999-2003 Immaculate Conception (Hugo, OK)
  • 1999-2003 St. Jude (Boswel, OK)
  • 2003-2007 Headquarters of Glenmary Home Missioners (Fairfield, OH)
  • 2007-June 2009 St. Christopher’s (Claxton, GA) 
  • 2007-June 2009 St. Jude (Glenville, GA) 
  • 2007-June 2009 Holy Cross (Pembroke, GA)
  • 2007-June 2009 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Sandhill, GA)
  • June 2009-2010 Headquarters of Glenmary Home Missioners (Fairfield, OH)
  • Sept.2010- Feb. 2012 St. Christopher’s (Claxton, GA)
  • Sept.2010- Feb. 2012 Holy Cross (Pembroke, GA)
  • Sept.2010- Feb. 2012 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Sandhill, GA)
  • Sept.2010- Feb. 2012 Headquarters of Glenmary Home Missioners (Fairfield, OH)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Poandl:

Father Robert Poandl was a priest of the Glenmary Home Missioners, which serves rural areas of the United States. He served in multiple dioceses throughout the country. According to media reports, in 2009, Father Poandl was accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy from Ohio while on a trip to West Virginia in 1991. He denied the allegation. In June 2009, he was removed from the Diocese of Savannah. After a police investigation, in January 2010, he was charged with 3 counts of abuse, including rape. He pleaded not guilty.

In August 2010, the case was dismissed by a judge who said that not all of the accuser’s medical records were turned over to the court, as had been ordered. Father Poandl was returned to ministry in Georgia in September 2010. 

In February 2012, another allegation was reported by a man that he had been sexually abused by Father Poandl nearly 30 years earlier. The priest again denied the allegation, and was again removed from ministry. He returned to Glenmary headquarters in Fairfield, OH.

In November 2012, Father Poandl was indicted on federal charges of transporting a minor across state lines with intent to engage in sexual activity. The charges were related to the 2009 allegation that he sexually abused the Ohio boy in West Virginia in 1991. 

According to federal court records, the priest took the boy, with his mother’s permission, on an overnight trip to a rectory in West Virginia. The boy was awakened in the middle of the night by Father Poandl having anal sex with him. 

The alleged victim said nothing of the abuse until his fiancee said it was her dream to get married in a Catholic church. Soon after, he told her and his parents that Father Poandl had assaulted him nearly twenty earlier.

Father Poandl pleaded not guilty and was placed on house arrest with GPS monitoring until the trial. In September 2013, he was convicted and in February 2014, he was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison. A total of three victims had come forward at that time.

“He preyed on the weak and the poor, he preyed on children to satisfy his sexual desires,” one survivor said at the sentencing hearing. “It is time for justice to finally be served. There is nowhere left for Robert Poandl to hide.”

In September 2017, Father Poandl lost his attempt to appeal the conviction. 

In August 2018, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Harrisburg’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

In November 2018, his name appeared publicly on the Archdioceses of Atlanta and New Orleans’ lists of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors, as well as on the Dioceses of Savannah and Wheeling-Charleston’s lists of clergy credibly accused of child sex abuse.  

Father Poandl died in prison in January 2019.

In March 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Jackson’s list.  Six years after his criminal conviction in September 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Glenmary Home Missioners’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

In October 2019, Father Poandl’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Tulsa and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s lists of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Bernard Schmaltz – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Bernard Schmaltz 

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: 1973

Died: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Clement of Rome (Metairie, LA) 
  • St. Gabriel the Archangel (New Orleans, LA)  
  • Annunziata (Houma, LA) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Bernard Schmaltz:

According to media reports, in 1992, Father Bernard Schmaltz was accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a man when he was a 13-year-old eighth-grade student at St. Clement of Rome during the 1973 to 1974 school year. The alleged abuse occurred while on a fishing trip to Slidell and at a rectory. The suit said the boy told several people, including the pastor. Father Schmaltz denied the allegation and was placed on paid leave from his post as pastor of St. Gabriel. 

Father Schmaltz retired in 1993. He said allegations of sexual abuse had tainted his priesthood. He had also denied any wrongdoing in the face of an allegation reported in the 1970s which involved a 7-year-old boy in Metairie. He believed his ministry could never recover from the allegations.

In an August 1995 trial, the judge ruled the plaintiff had waited too long to file suit. However, the Vatican ordered Father Schmaltz to stand a church trial. He was subsequently removed from ministry within the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese. 

In January 2004, the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced it had received an accusation that Father Schmaltz molested a child while he served as a priest in Metairie in the 1970s. He later filed suit against the archbishop for defamation and invasion of privacy.

He died in 2010, having never returned to the priesthood. According to his obituary, he transitioned into real estate in Mississippi.

In November 2018, Father Schmaltz’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

In January 2019, his name appeared on the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux’s list of clergy credibly accused of child sex abuse. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Christopher Springer (Redemptorists) – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Christopher Springer 

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: 1952

Removed: 1985

Laicized: 1990

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Gerard Magella (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • St. John the Evangelist (Plaquemine, LA)
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary (Maringouin, LA)
  • St. Mary of False River (New Roads, LA)
  • St. Pius X (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Jackson, LA)
  • Our Lady of the Assumption (Clinton, LA)
  • East Louisiana State Hospital (Jackson, LA)
  • Dixon Correctional Institute (Jackson, LA)
  • Feliciana Forensic Unit (Jackson, LA)
  • Pointe Coupee Church, Our Lady of Lourdes (Slidell, LA)
  • St. Alphonsus Parish (New Orleans, LA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Christopher Springer:

Father Christopher Springer (aka Cristoff Joseph Springer) was a Redemptorist priest ordained in 1952. He knew sign language and often worked in deaf communities. He worked in more than six parishes in Louisiana.

According to media reports, in 1973, the head of Redemptorists wrote that Father Springer was “causing much harm to the members of the community” and “has tried to maneuver people so that he could do his ‘own thing.’” Despite this, the order gave him a “clean bill of health” and, that year, he was incardinated into the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

In 1985, Father Springer was removed from ministry about two or three months after complaints of “improper actions” were reported. He was ultimately laicized in 1990, as a result of dozens of allegations of child sexual abuse of boys as young as 9 years old, between the late 1960s through the 1980s.  

The first allegation against Father Springer was reported in 1981. The first lawsuit was filed in 1994. More suits followed throughout the years, and in 2006, ten lawsuits were filed. The victims claimed the abuse caused deep emotional scars “so severe as to constitute a disability.” Some were settled. 

“These victims were left alone to deal with the psychological, social and economic consequences of being raped as a child,” the attorney said.

In March 2009, Father Springer confessed in an affidavit to molesting more than 30 children. It is believed he abused hundreds more. He wrote that as a seminarian, he himself was molested by a Redemptorist priest who was his Latin teacher. He said the abuse began when he was 12 or 13 years old.

He wrote, “I got a dispensation from the Redemptorists without the Redemptorists telling the diocese that I had needed help.”

He also stated that then-Bishop Stanley Joseph Ott, of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, met with him in late 1984 and recommended he go to a church-run treatment center in Florida for troubled priests. 

“I assumed at the time that Bishop Ott knew that I was sexually abusing boys,’’ Father Springer wrote.

“He’s a notorious, serial predator and an extremely dangerous man,” said Barbara Dorris, the executive director of theSurvivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

In January 2019, Father Springer’s name appeared publicly on the Dioceses of Baton Rouge, Corpus Christi, and Galveston-Houston’s lists of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In June 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ updated list of clergy credibly accused of child sex abuse.

Father Springer is believed to be currently living in the St. Tammany Parish community of Pearl River, LA.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.