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USCCB Clergy Alerts

Fr. Jose Chavarin

The USCCB reports that Fr. Jose Chavarin, incardinated in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has been accused of committing sexual abuse of minors. His whereabouts are unknown and the Archdiocese of San Francisco requests that any diocese receiving information regarding Fr. Chavarin contact the Very Rev. C. Michael Padazinski, Vicar General, or the Most Rev. William Justice, Vicar for Clergy, at 415-614-5619

Fr. Anton Mawatt

We have been notified by the USCCB that Fr. Anton Mawatt, Diocese of Northampton, England, has been convicted on charges relating to the sexual abuse of children, and upon his release from prison, has changed his name to “Fr. Paul Scott.” Fr. Mowatt travels frequently to the United States and, using the name Paul Scott, may be able to misrepresent himself to church personnel in this country.

James Pommier

The Diocese of Bismarck has advised the USCCB that James Pommier, formerly a priest in that diocese and currently believed to be living in the Archdiocese of Seattle, has been dismissed from the clerical state by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith due to criminal activities against young people. Those needing further information are asked to contact the Chancery of the Diocese of Bismark at 701-223-1347.

Fr. Loren Riebe

The USCCB has been advised by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles regarding Fr. Loren Riebe, an excardinated priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is currently incardinated in the Diocese of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. The Archdiocese reports several credible allegations of sexual misconduct and is concerned that Fr. Riebe may have continuing contacts in the United States. Those needing further information should contact the Vicar for Clergy of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Msgr. Gabriel Gonzales, at 213.637.7284.

Fr. Patrick Slaney

The Diocese of Manchester has advised the USCCB that Fr. Patrick Slaney, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. John’s, Newfoundland, has made solicitations for Mass intentions and stipends to Catholic faithful. Fr. Slaney has had no canonical faculties for many years following a criminal conviction for sex abuse. If further information is needed, please contact the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of St. John’s, Fr. Francis Puddister, at 709.726.3660.