Fr. Carl Davidson – Archdiocese of New Orleans

| Jun 3, 2020 | Abuser Profiles

Fr. Carl Davidson

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: 1964

Removed: 2002 

Died: 2007


Assigned as Follows:

  • Annunciation Church (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. James Major (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. John Prep (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. Raphael the Archangel (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. Theresa of the Child Jesus (New Orleans, LA) 


Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Carl Davidson:

In March of 2004, a man came forward with allegations against Father Carl Davidson for trying to molest him as a boy during an overnight stay at a rectory in St. John Vianney Prep School in New Orleans. The alleged incident occurred in 1980 when Davidson was a music teacher at the school. The man also claimed that he told both his parents and school officials about what happened with Father Davidson and no action was taken. 

In 2002, a second accuser came forward and went straight to the Archdiocese of New Orleans and complained about past abuse at the hands of Carl Davidson. The Archdiocese claimed that Davidson was already removed and “retired.” 

Carl Davidson has been included on the Archdiocese of New Orleans updated list of accused priests as of November 12th, 2018. The list noted that the allegation was received in 1989 against Carl Davidson and referred to abuse in the early 1980’s. 

Carl Davidson died in 2007. 

A settlement was made in August 2019 for $150,000 plus $10,000 for counseling for the victim who claimed abuse by Carl Davidson when he was a teen in the mid-1980’s. This man claimed that the abuse would happen during sleepovers at Notre Dame Seminary. According to the settlement, Fr. Davidson allegedly piled the boy with alcohol during these overnight encounters. 

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 


Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today. Call us at 888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to [email protected]