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Diocese of El Paso names priests accused of sexual abuse of minors

All Texas Catholic Dioceses release list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse (Source: MGN Online)

Dioceses in Texas released their lists of priests accused of sexual abuse of a minor to the public, including the Diocese of El Paso.

Among the list, were the names of 36 priests and three brothers belonging to religious orders serving in the Diocese of El Paso.

The list contains names of 14 priests who were incardinated to the El Paso Diocese, five priests who served in the diocese but were incardinated in another, eight priests who belonged to religious orders serving in the diocese and three names of brothers belonging to religious orders serving in the diocese.

Incardinated is the formal acceptance by a diocese of a clergyman from another diocese.

The list covers nearly 70 years of cases alleging sexual abuse of children.

“The publication of names of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors is a significant and progressive step toward the goal of healing the wounds suffered by victims,” El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz said in a statement.

Priests incardinated to the bishop of the Diocese of El Paso

Rev. Carlos Frias

Rev. Sam Garcia

Rev. Lawrence Gaynor

Rev. James Hay

Rev. Mario Islas

Rev. Irving Klister

Rev. Miguel Luna

Rev. Jaime Madrid

Rev. Jesse Muñoz

Rev. Richard Nesom

Rev. Jose Nieves

Rev. Arthur O'Sullivan

Rev. Dennis Tejada

Rev. John Tickle

Priests who served in El Paso with the permission of the bishop and with faculties, but who were incardinated to a bishop from another diocese

Rev. David Holley of Worcester, Massachusetts

Rev. Miguel Marin of Gayaquil, Ecuador

Rev. Emilio Roure from unknown diocese

Rev. Marcelino Santiago of the Philippines

Rev. Frank Sierra from unknown diocese

Members of religious orders who were ordained priests and who served in the diocese with permission of the bishop

Rev. Santiago Almaguer

Rev. Ray Labate

Rev. Alfonso Madrid

Rev. Manuel Maramba

Rev. Pedro (Pete) Martinez

Rev. Aloysius Ochoa

Rev. Guido Quiroz

Rev. Franco Tentori

Members of religious orders who were brothers who served in the Diocese with the consent of the bishop

Brother Stephen Furches

Brother Kerry Guillory

Brother Sam Martinez

Church officials did not name the churches in El Paso at which the priests served.

In November, the Diocese of Las Cruces released list of accused priests, religious

The Jesuits of the U.S. Central and Southern Province released its lists of priests and clergy accused of sexual abuse of a minor among the list were some that served in El Paso.

Thomas J. Naughton worked at the Jesuit High School in El Paso. He was removed from the ministry in 2002 and died in 2012.

Austin N. Park, worked at the Jesuit High School and Sacred heart in El Paso. He was removed from the ministry because of dementia before allegations against him were fired.

Benjamin Wren worked at the Jesuit High School in El Paso. He died in 2006 before allegations against him were made.

Claude P. Boudreax worked at Sacred Heart Parish in El Paso. He was removed from the ministry in 2004 and later died in 2016.

Edward D. DeRussy worked at Jesuit High School in El Paso. He was removed from the ministry with minors in 1991 and died in 2001.

Alfonso Madrid worked at Sacred Heart Church in El Paso. He died in 1982 before allegations against him were made.

Claude L. Ory was at Jesuit High School in El Paso. He was was removed from the ministry in 2007 and lives under supervision in Maryland.

The El Paso Diocese said two of the clergy members who were part of the Jesuit clergy from U.S. Central and Southern Province had cases made against them that did not happen in El Paso.

Bishop Mark J. Seitz, of El Paso, prepared to celebrate a Mass of Atonement on Thursday in St. Patrick Cathedral.

"It’s something that I long felt we should do we work day by day to make the church a Safer place and trying to deal with those who have suffered abuse in the past and we knew it would be helpful to publish a complete list" said Bishop Seitz.

People say they're glad these priests are no longer serving in El Paso and believe the church is doing their best to correct these problems.

“I know I have optimism about my faith and my church that we’re really trying to do what we can to correct these things,” said Dr. Heidi Stern.

Some were surprised to hear this was present here in El Paso.

“I think that here in El Paso hearing about that is shocking,” said Daniel Erives. “I’ve grown up here in El Paso and just hearing about that kinda makes me sad you know.”

Pope Francis has convened a meeting of the presidents of all the Catholic bishops' conferences in the world on Feb. 21-24 at the Vatican to discuss the sexual abuse scandals that are rocking the church.

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