Diocese releases list of credibly accused priests


SAN BERNARDINO—In an action of transparency to address the re-emergent clergy sexual abuse crisis, the Diocese released on Oct. 8 a list of all priests credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor during its 40-year history.

 The list of 35 priests was posted to the diocesan web site and received significant coverage in local and regional media.

 “When we read this list we are pained to think of the many lives that were impacted by the sinful and unlawful acts of those priests who committed them,” Bishop Gerald Barnes wrote in a letter posted along with the names. “Some will recognize names on this list, more will recognize the parish communities where they served. It makes this crisis more local to us, and may increase our feelings of sadness and outrage.”

 Bishop Barnes also encouraged anyone victimized by a priest on the list, or any other clergy, to come forward and report it to the Diocese or to authorities. The Bishop also released a video message with the list reflecting the same themes, including the actions taken by the Diocese to address the scandal since it first emerged in 2002. According to the list, the Diocese has received six credible allegations of abuse over the past 16 years, only three of which actually occurred during that period. 

 “The Diocese of San Bernardino has worked hard to address this problem, and it has resulted in a drastic reduction in allegations of abuse in this century, as the list shows,” Bishop Barnes said in his video message. “I pledge to you that we will continue in our commitment to protect children and youth from abuse, and to do all that we can in prayer and action to bring healing to victims.”

 The full list of credibly accused priests:


Cases not previously in the public domain 

Daniel De Dominicis, CSSP

Joseph Jablonski, MSC

Robert Kurilec, SCJ

Peter McCormick, SP

Dominic Gaioni, SVD


Cases previously in the public domain (2002–Present)

Roberto Barco

Alex Castillo

Robert Donat

Timothy Keppel, CR

Louis Perreault, CSSP


Cases previously in the public domain (1978-2002)

Gustavo Benson

Jesus Dominguez

Rudi Gil

J. Ernest Hayes

Malachy McGinn

Paul Nguyen

Anthony Rodrigue

Charles Rourke

Ed Ball, MSC

Joseph Fertal, SVD

Howard Melzer, SCJ

Carlos Rene Rodriguez, C.M.

John Schmitz

Paul Shanley

Bernard Waltos, O.F.M. CONV.


Cases previously in the public domain (1978-2002)
Allegations outside the Diocese Re: Priests who later served in Diocese

Fidencio Silva-Flores, M.S.p.S.

Ponciano Ramos, SVD

Esteban Trujillo, OSA

Joseph Bell, OSB

Ruben Garcia

John Haberthier

Terrence Reilly, OP

James Stauber


Cases previously in the public domain (1978-2002)
Allegations for which settlements were paid, but credibility not verified

Saul Ayala

Michael Bucaro


 For cases involving credible allegations of abuse in parishes or schools in San Bernardino or Riverside counties that took place prior to 1978 please see the list of priests released by the Diocese of San Diego.