Fr. Gregory Kareta – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

| Sep 15, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Gregory Kareta

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Franciscans)

Ordained: 1956

Died: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1957:                Unknown
  • 1958-1963:      St. Hedwig’s, Detroit, MI
  • 1963-1964:      Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hermosa Beach, CA
  • 1964-1965:      St. Josephat’s, Milwaukee, WI
  • 1966-1971:      Bishop Montgomery High School, Torrance, CA
  • 1971-1978:      St. Paul the Apostle, Pismo Beach, CA
  • 1978-1979:      Queen of Angels, Riverside, CA
  • 1979-1980      St. Joseph’s, Barstow, CA
  • 1980-1981:      Queen of Angels, Riverside, CA
  • 1981-1982:      Our Lady of Guadalupe, Riverside, CA
  • 1983:                Unknown
  • 1984-1996:      St. Paul the Apostle, Coalinga, CA
  • 1996-2002:      St. Joseph’s, Avenal, CA
  • 2003:                Retired (St. Joseph Cupertine Friary (Arroyo Grande, CA)
  • 2004-2005:      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Gregory Kareta:

Father Gregory Kareta was a Conventual Franciscan priest, who served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, in 1985, he reportedly admitted that he sexually abused a child. Despite this, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles allowed him to remain in ministry.

According to media reports, Father Kareta was charged in 2003 with having sexually abused an 11 year-old boy in the summers of 1973 and 1974. The alleged victim reported the abuse to church authorities in 1985, and was told by them not to report the priest to the police. Three of the boy’s young relatives also claimed Kareta tried to molest them. The charges included allegations that he had abused a boy in 1963-1964. Kareta admitted the abuse to this victim in a letter of apology. All of the charges were dropped due to the statute of limitations.

Father Kareta retired in 2003 and died in 2006. His name appeared on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2004 list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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