Fr. Gabriel Salinas (Augustinan Recollects) – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

| Oct 22, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Gabriel Salinas

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Ordained: 1916

Removed: 1960

Died: 1972

Assigned as follows:

  • 1917-1948      (Nebraska); location unknown
  • 1949-1957      Unknown
  • 1958-1972      Cristo Rey (Los Angeles, CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Gabriel Salinas:

Born in Spain, Father Gabriel Salinas was a member of the Augustinian Recollects religious order. He was the first Augustinian priest to come to the U.S. and worked in Nebraska and in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to a Archdiocesan report, in 1957, he was transferred from Omaha to be pastor of Cristo Rey Catholic Church in Atwater. He was credited with building an auditorium-youth center and renovating the church and rectory.

According to media reports, Father Salinas has been named in one civil lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse from 1958 to 1960 while he worked at Cristo Rey Catholic Church in Los Angeles. The suit was settled in 2007. His name was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of child sexual abuse.

In September 2013, his personnel file was released as part of a settlement of hundreds of civil abuse lawsuits. It was 11 pages long. It noted he was removed from Cristo Rey in 1960, and assigned for three years to a provincial office.

Father Salinas died in 1972.

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