Fr. Michael Buckley – Diocese of Orange

On Behalf of | Sep 8, 2019 | Catholic Church, Sex

Father Michael Buckley

Diocese of Orange

Ordained: 1955

Removed: 1994

Died: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • 1956                Los Nietos (Santa Fe Springs, CA)
  • 1957                Visitation (Los Angeles CA)
  • 1958-1959      Sacred Heart (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1960-1962      St. Charles Borromeo (North Hollywood, CA)
  • 1963-1965      Immaculate Conception (Monrovia, CA)
  • 1966                St. Philomena (Carson, CA)
  • 1967-1970      St. Francis Hospital (Lynwood, CA)
  • 1971-1975      Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1976-1977      St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Church (Lomita, CA)
  • 1978                St. Augustine Catholic Church (Culver City, CA)
  • 1979-1994      Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (New Cuyama, CA)
  • 1995                Carmelite Monastery, Novitiate (San Jose, CA)
  • 1996-1997      Sick Leave

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael Buckley:

Father Michael Buckley was ordained a priest in 1955, who served in the Diocese of Orange. According to media reports, he was accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with eight children between approximately 1965 and 1975 while at Immaculate Heart of Mary in SanTana. In 1959, a father of two boys alleged that Father Buckley exposed himself to both of his sons. In 1965, an anonymous letter was sent to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles requesting that be removed due to moral unfitness.

In 1983, the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles received an anonymous phone message indicating that Father Buckley had engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with children.

In the early 1990s, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles received several more allegations of child sexual abuse against Father Buckley, including a report by one man in February 1994, that he and his brothers were sexually abused by Father Buckley over a five-year period from 1971 to 1975. His priestly faculties were revoked.

In 1995, Father Buckley was living in the Diocese of San Jose at a Carmelite Monastery. A civil lawsuit filed against him was settled as part of the 2007 $660 million settlement with 508 plaintiffs. He retired in April 1997 and died in May 2007.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles released Father Buckley’s file in January 2013. His name was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors.

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