Fr. Patrick O’Shea – Archdiocese of San Francisco

| Dec 3, 2020 | Catholic Church, Sex

Father Patrick O’Shea

Archdiocese of San Francisco

Ordained: 1958

Laicized: 1994

Assignment History:

  • 1958-1969: Mission Dolores Basilica (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1970-1978: Most Holy Redeemer (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1970-1994: Holy Childhood Pontifical Association (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1972-1982: Assistant Director for Vocations (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1971-1982: San Francisco Society for the Propagation of the Faith (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1978-1990: Holy Name of Jesus (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1985-1994: San Francisco Society for the Propagation of the Faith (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1989-1992: Serra Club of West San Francisco Area (Golden Gate)
  • 1990-1994: St. Cecilia (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1994-1995: Unknown
  • 1995-2003: Absent on leave

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Patrick J. O’Shea:

In 1994, Fr. Patrick O’Shea was arrested and criminally charged with child sexual abuse of at least nine boys taking place between 1964 and 1980. According to media reports, the abuse is said to have taken place in San Francisco, Napa, Placer, and Riverside counties, mostly at O’Shea’s trailer at Lake Berryessa. One man alleged he was abused as a boy on a trip to Rome with O’Shea, where the two met the pope. O’Shea would typically ply the boys with alcohol. Most victims were altar boys, some as young as nine years old when they were abused. Ultimately, the charges were dropped due to the statute of limitation and then refiled in 1998, in which two were finally settled. The Archdiocese of San Francisco permanently stripped him of his faculties in 1994, and O’Shea was laicized.

According to media reports, in 2004, O’Shea pleaded guilty to grand theft and tax fraud for embezzling at least $250,000 in donations from nuns and parishioners. O’Shea was put on probation, ordered to pay restitution, and did not serve jail time. In 2017, a grand jury indicted former Monsignor O’Shea for allegedly abusing another altar boy from 1968 to 1970 on trips to Lake Berryessa.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco has settled multiple cases involving O’Shea including a $4 million settlement reached in 2005 to settle four lawsuits. During a deposition, he admitted to molesting a 14- or 15-year-old boy in the 1960s.

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