Eleven Jesuit Priests who've worked in Sacramento accused of sexual abuse

Priests Accused of Abuse


The Jesuits West Province today released a lengthy list of priests accused of sexual abuse over the last 70 years.  Eleven actively worked in Sacramento.

Eight intermittently served at Jesuit High School between 1964 and 2003.  One of those was also among three who worked at St. Ignatius Loyola.  Another had been assigned to St. Elizabeth's Church.  Three are deceased; all others have since been removed from the ministry.

“Regardless of where a priest may have been assigned in our diocese, families in our parishes and schools placed trust in him,” said the Most Reverend Jamie Soto, Bishop of Sacramento.  “The actions described in the list released today represent profound, terrible betrayals of that trust.  The evil of sex abuse has caused lasting pain for the victims, and damaged the trust placed in clergy and bishops." 

Jesuits West hopes their act of accountability will help victims and their families in the healing process.  

“I think of the people in the pews and I think of kids and their families coming to talk to Jesus and to be with God,” said Provincial Father Scott Santarosa.  “To think that that has been taken advantage of, it feels like priests in those moments are so far from what we claim or aspire to."

Santarosa notes the vast majority of Jesuits are not on the list, adding that it's important that parents not wonder whether their children are safe in a church, school, or any other setting where a Jesuit may be present.

LIST OF THE ELEVEN JESUIT PRIESTS JESUIT WEST SAYS HAVE BEEN CREDIBLY ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE SINCE 1950 AND WHERE/WHEN THEY WORKED IN SACRAMENTO: ( * = deceased)

William C. Farrington – Jesuit High School 1976-1987

Gunter Klingenbrunner – Jesuit High School 1984-1985

Charles J. Onorato – Jesuit High School 1970-1980; 1987-2003

Stephen E. Special – Jesuit High School 1979-1982

Phillip Sunseri – Jesuit High School 1973-1975

Carlton E. Whitten – Jesuit High School 1963-1965; 1980-1987; 1990-1999

*William J. Wood – Jesuit High School 1984-1991

*Arthur A. Falvey – St. Ignatius Loyola 1955-1961; Jesuit High School 1964-1965

Angelo C. Mariano – St. Ignatius Loyola 1992-1993

*James T. Monaghan – St. Ignatius Loyola 1962-1963; 1975-1992

Jose Ribeiro – St. Elizabeth’s Church 1982-1991

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