Texas Catholic dioceses plan to release names of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors

Lists of clergy will cover at least 1950 to 2018

Bishop of Lubbock discusses release of priest names

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas and the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter made the decision on Sept. 30 to release names of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor, going back at least to 1950.

The bishops’ decision was made in the context of their ongoing work to protect children from sexual abuse, and their efforts to promote healing and a restoration of trust in the Catholic Church.

“This is an action in response to the faithful’s call for greater accountability and transparency,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston. "Every bishop in our state has made a statement expressing his concern for all who have been hurt and I want to express my personal sorrow at such fundamental violations of trust that have happened. We are completely committed to eradicating the evil of sexual abuse in the church and promoting healing among the faithful and those injured by this crime.”

With 8.5 million Catholics and 1,320 Catholic parishes in Texas, the endeavor to compile a comprehensive list of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor represents a major project. All dioceses will publish their lists by Jan. 31, 2019.

“It will take some time for files to be reviewed, and there may be people who come forward with new information following this announcement. My brother bishops in Texas and I agree that transparency in this painful matter of sexual abuse can assist with healing for survivors and transformation for our Church,” explained Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, archbishop of San Antonio.

The release of names of clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor is part of an ongoing effort by the dioceses to provide an even safer environment for children. These lists will be updated as new information becomes available.

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From Most Rev. Robert Coerver, Bishop of Lubbock:

The care of members of the Catholic Church on the South Plains is the top priority for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lubbock and for me, the Bishop of Lubbock.

Today’s announcement is a message of action that will help the Church continue to work to nurture an environment of transparency and accountability which is necessary especially to rebuild the trust of those who have experienced abuse.

As we continue this work, we must move forward in a spirit of justice and reparation, while also preserving principles of mercy and compassion.

The Catholic Church in the United States has worked to provide safe environments, especially over the last 15 years. We will remain vigilant to provide an even safer environment for every child in our care.

We pray for victims and survivors of abuse of any kind, and we pray especially for those families whose trust in the Church has been broken. We also pray for the Holy Spirit to renew the Church as we work to heal these wounds to the Body of Christ.

Officials with the Diocese of Lubbock also released the following information:

We are deeply sorry that some Church leaders have, at times, failed in their responsibility to protect minors. The Catholic Church throughout the United States has worked to improve protection, especially over the last 15 years. We will remain vigilant to provide an even safer environment for every child we serve. The Catholic Church in Texas is committed to the prevention of sexual abuse of minors by those who are in ministry in the Church and to promote healing for survivors of abuse. Each diocese has comprehensive policies in place both to respond to complaints and to prevent the sexual abuse of minors. These safety policies and practices are regularly verified by an external audit of each diocese.

Priests Incardinated into the Diocese of Fort Worth

James Fitzpatrick Ordained in 1954 for the Diocese of Dallas-Fort Worth. Deceased on August 6, 1973. Assignments for Diocese of Fort Worth: • Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Wichita Falls): 1969-1973.

James Hanlon Ordained in 1981 for the Diocese of Fort Worth. Deceased on February 17, 1990. Assignments for the Diocese of Fort Worth: • St. Michael’s Catholic Church (Bedford): 1981-1983. • Holy Family Catholic Church (Fort Worth): 1983-1986. • St. John the Apostle Catholic Church (N. Richland Hills): 1986-1987. • St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church (Arlington): 1987-1988. • St. Patrick Cathedral (Fort Worth): 1988-1989. • St. Rita’s Catholic Church (Ranger); St. John’s Catholic Church (Strawn); St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church (Eastland); Holy Rosary Catholic Church (Cisco): 1989.

William Hoover Ordained in 1955 for the Diocese of Dallas-Fort Worth. Deceased on October 19, 1996. Assignments for the Diocese of Fort Worth: • St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church (Ft. Worth): 1969-77. • Holy Name Catholic Church (Ft. Worth): 1977-1987. • St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Ft. Worth): 1987-1995.

Philip Magaldi Ordained for Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island in 1960. Deceased on August 8, 2008. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Fort Worth in 1995. He retired in 1999. He was formally removed from ministry in August, 2006. Assignments for the Diocese of Fort Worth: • St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Henrietta); St. William’s Catholic Church (Montague); St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (Nocona); St. Jerome’s Catholic Church (Bowie): 1990-1992. • St. John the Apostle Catholic Church (N. Richland Hills): 1993-1999.

Gilbert Pansza Ordained for the Diocese of Fort Worth in 2000. He was removed from active ministry on December 14, 2006, after discovery in the files of a past admission of sexual misconduct with a minor dating from the 1970’s. Assignments for the Diocese of Fort Worth: • St. John the Apostle Catholic Church (N. Richland Hills): 2000-2002. • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church (Decatur); St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church (Bridgeport); St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Jacksboro): 2002-2006. • Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (Wichita Falls): 2006.

James Reilly Ordained for the Diocese of Dallas in 1945. He retired in 1987, moved to Philadelphia. Deceased on May 2, 1999. Assignment for Diocese of Fort Worth: • St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church (Arlington): 1969-1987.

Rudolph Renteria Ordained in 1979 for the Diocese of Fort Worth. He was removed from active ministry on June 29, 2002. On December 10, 2010 Pope Benedict XVI decreed that Reverend Rudolf J. Renteria is dismissed ex officio et pro bono Ecclesiae from the clerical state, and is released from all obligations of the Sacred Priesthood. Assignments for the Diocese of Fort Worth: • St, Matthew’s Catholic Church (Arlington): 1979-1981. • Sacred Heart (Wichita Falls): 1981-1982. • Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church (Vernon); St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (Crowell); St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Quanah): 1982-1985. • St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church (Lewisville): 1985-1987. • Holy Family Catholic Church (Fort Worth): 1987-1989. • Hospital Ministry in Fort Worth. Hospital Chaplain Ministry at St. Paul’s Hospital (Dallas): 1989-2002.

Gerald Scholl Ordained in 1962 for the Diocese of Dallas-Fort Worth. Deceased on January 6, 2002. Assignments for the Diocese of Fort Worth: • University of Denver graduate school (Denver, Colo.): 1969-1970. • University of Texas at Arlington campus minister (Arlington): 1970- 1982. • College of Santa Fe (Santa Fe, New Mexico): 1982- 1985. • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church (Keller): 1985-1995. • Tribunal (Fort Worth): 1995 to 2002.

Priest not Incardinated into the Diocese of Fort Worth

Thomas Teczar Ordained in 1967 for the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts. Deceased. In September 2011 Pope Benedict XVI decreed that Reverend Thomas H. Teczar is dismissed ex officio et pro bono Ecclesiae from the clerical state, and is released from all obligations of the Sacred Priesthood. He has been convicted of sexual abuse of a minor and is incarcerated in the State of Texas. Assignments for the Diocese of Fort Worth: • St. Michael’s Catholic Church (Bedford): 1988-1990. • St. Rita’s Catholic Church (Ranger); Holy Rosary (Cisco); St. John’s Catholic Church (Strawn); St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church (Eastland): 1990-1993.

Religious Order Priests

Henry Herrera, CMF Ordained for the Claretian Missionaries of the United States, Western Province. Deceased. Assignments for the Diocese of Fort Worth: • Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (Fort Worth), Pastor: 1975-1979. • All Saints Catholic Church (Fort Worth) – In residence: 1975-1979. • Blue Mound Catholic Community (Fort Worth), Pastor: 1975-1978.

James Howlett, SAC Ordained in Ireland for the Pallotine Fathers. Removed from ministry by the Pallotine Fathers. He lives with the Pallotine Community in Dublin, Ireland with restrictions on his contact with individuals outside of the Pallotine Community. Assignments for the Diocese of Fort Worth: • St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Graham); St. Theresa’s Catholic Church (Olney): 1977-1984. • St. Brendan’s Catholic Church (Stephenville); St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Dublin, Texas); Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Comanche); Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (De Leon): 1984-1985.

Bede Mitchel, OSB Benedictine Order based in Subiaco, Arkansas. Deceased March 1983. Assignments for the Diocese of Fort Worth: • Sacred Heart Parish (Muenster): 1969-1973. • St. Peter Parish (Lindsay): 1973-1975.

Joseph Tu Nguyen Ordained in Vietnam for Dominican Fathers. Assignments for the Diocese of Fort Worth: • St. Matthew’s Catholic Church (Arlington): 1975-1977. • St. Michael’s Catholic Church (Bedford): 1979-1980. • St. Matthew’s Catholic Church (Arlington): 1980-1993.

William Paiz, CMF Ordained for the Claretian Missionaries of the United States, Western Province. The accusation of sexual abuse of a minor by Fr. Paiz has been found to be credible. Assignments for the Diocese of Fort Worth: • All Saints Catholic Church (Fort Worth): 1979-1983. • Nolan Catholic High School (Fort Worth): 1983-1986. • St. George Catholic Church (Fort Worth) – In residence: 1983-1986.

Francis A. Zimmerer Benedictine Order based in Subiaco, Arkansas. Deceased January 1983. Assignments for the Diocese of Fort Worth: • Administrator of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Decatur) 1975-1981.

Deacons

Russell William Detwiler Ordained in 1995 for Diocese Fort Worth. Accepted for ministry in the Diocese of Fort Worth in 1995. Retired from active ministry in 2015. Suspended from ministry in 2017. In 2018, plead guilty to indecency with a child and aggravated sexual assault of a minor and has been sentenced to state prison. Assignments for Diocese of Fort Worth: • Prison Ministry (Wichita Falls); Volunteered at Allred: 1995-2001; Chaplain at Allred: 2011- 2017. • Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Wichita Falls): 1995-2001, 2010-2015. • Out of the Diocese (Saginaw Michigan): 2001-2006. • Assigned to 4 parishes April 2006 – left December 2008; St. William Catholic Church (Montague); St. Mary Catholic Church (Henrietta); St. Jerome Catholic Church (Bowie); St. Joseph Catholic Church (Nocona).

Religious Brothers

Tony Pistone, SM Society of Mary notified the Diocese of Fort Worth that Tony Pistone was removed from ministry in 2005. Deceased December 6, 2017. Assignments for the Diocese of Fort Worth: • Nolan Catholic High School: 1980-1987.

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