Fr Carlton Whitten – Diocese of Phoenix

| Aug 7, 2019 | Catholic Church, Sex

Father Carlton Whitten

Diocese of Phoenix

Ordained: 1961

Removed: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • 1961-1962      Alma College (Los Gatos, CA)
  • 1962-1963      Manresa Hall (Port Townsend, WA)
  • 1963-1965      Jesuit High School (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1965-1972      Bellarmine College Prep. (San Jose, CA)
  • 1972-1977      Brophy College Prep. (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1977-1980      St. Ignatius Prep. (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1980-1987      Jesuit High School (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1987-1990      Loyola High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1990-1992      Jesuit High School Community of Sacramento (Carmichael, CA)
  • 1992-1999      Jesuit High School (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1999-2001      San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • 2002-2003      St. Agnes’ (San Francisco, CA)
  • 2004-2007      St. Charles Borromeo (Peoria, AZ)
  • 2008                Bellarmine College Prep. (San Jose, CA)
  • 2009-2018      Sacred Heart Jesuit Center (Los Gatos, CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Carlton Whitten:

According to media reports, in December 2007, Father Carlton Whitten, a Jesuit priest was removed from active ministry while the Jesuits investigated an allegation that he had sexually abused a 17-year-old boy while he worked at St. Joseph in White Salmon, Washington. Pornography was also found on the computer that he used.

Father Whitten was reportedly a visiting priest sent to temporarily work at St. Joseph. During his “semi-retirement” years, he frequently worked along the west coast for priests on vacation or leave. He was moved from his residence at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California, to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, while the allegation of the abuse was investigated.

As of the 2012 Official Catholic Directory, Father Whitten is still living at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos.

In October 2012, Father Whitten was named on the Diocese of Phoenix’s list of “Names of priests of religious communities who have served in the Diocese of Phoenix and have been laicized and/or removed from ministry by their communities due to sexual misconduct with a minor.”

Father Whitten was also named on the Jesuits West Province of the Society of Jesus’ “List of Jesuits from Jesuits West Province with Credible Claims of Sexual Abuse of a Minor or Vulnerable Adult” in the section “Jesuits of Jesuit West Province with Credible Claims.”

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