List of Members with Credible or Public Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minor
Last updated on November 22, 2020
The Carmelite Order – Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary – is committed to the protection and safety of children, to healing of victim survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and to transparency. As part of this commitment, the Carmelite Order reports all allegations of childhood sexual abuse to local law enforcement. Towards its commitment to healing and transparency, the Carmelites have compiled the following list of current, former and deceased Carmelite Members against whom a credible or public allegation of childhood sexual abuse has been made. None of the Members listed below are currently serving in a public ministry.
Credible allegations include those deemed substantiated by the Independent Carmelite Review Board after investigation or allegations deemed credible through another administrative process. Public allegations include those which appear on other Catholic Dioceses’ lists of clerics with allegations of childhood sexual abuse, even if these allegations have not been deemed credible by the Independent Carmelite Review Board or substantiated by another administrative process. It should be noted that inclusion on the list below does not imply that the allegations are true and correct in a civil or criminal legal sense.
This list is intended to be as inclusive, thorough and adequate as possible and was created based on the information available to the Carmelites at the time of its publication. When and if the Carmelites learn of additional current, former or deceased members who have credible or public claims of childhood sexual abuse brought against them, this list will be updated.
The Carmelite Order is committed to receive all allegations with compassion and care, and a hope for healing.
Anyone making an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor by a member of the Carmelite Order – Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary – can contact:
Mr. Jorge Mora
1317 N. Frontage Road
Darien, Illinois 60561
To see the Member’s assignment history, please click on the member’s name below.
* In 2008, the Independent Carmelite Review Board found the allegation against Fr. Knoerschild unsubstantiated, but his name appears on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of public allegations and accordingly appears here.
**Subsequent to the Independent Review Board’s finding that the allegation against Fr. McBrien was substantiated, the Tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, Italy determined that at the time of the allegation, Canon law did not deem sexual acts with persons sixteen years or older to be criminal and therefore, Fr. McBrien had not committed a crime under Canon law.