Fr. Angel Cruces – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Angel Cruces

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Ordained: 1961

Died: 1996

 Assignment History:

  • 1961-1969: Vigan Minor Seminary (Vigan, Philippines)
  • 1970: St. John (Candon, Philippines)
  • 1971-1972: St. John College (Candon, Philippines)
  • 1973: St. Joseph (Salcedo, Philippines)
  • 1974-1975: St. Paul’s Cathedral (Vigan, Philippines)
  • 1976-1977: Vigan Minor Seminary (Philippines)
  • 1978-1980: St. Philomena Church (Carson, CA)
  • 1981: St. Rose of Lima (Maywood, CA)
  • 1982-1984: St. Sebastian Church (Santa Paula, CA)
  • 1985-1996: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Angel Cruces:

Fr. Angel Cruces was an extern priest from the Philippines ordained in 1961, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, in was working in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles starting in 1978. Fr. Cruces was accused, along with six other priests, of having sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl at St. Philomena in Carson, CA. When the girl became pregnant, the priests allegedly conspired to keep her pregnancy a secret and sent her to the Philippines, where she nearly died while giving birth to her child.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles settled claims against Fr. Cruces and the other 6 priests in 2007. According to Fr. Cruces’ priest file, there is a letter the young girl gave to church officials in 1983. Along with the other priests, Fr. Cruces fled to the Philippines to avoid criminal investigation and civil litigation. Cruces died in 1996. He was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. His whereabouts and whether he had access to children from approximately 1985 to his death in 1996 are unknown.

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