Fr. Robert Paul Michele – Archdiocese of San Francisco

| Dec 1, 2020 | Catholic Church, Sex

Father Robert Paul Michele

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Paulist

Ordained: 1955

Retired: 2004

Died: 2020

Assignment History:

  • 1955-1958: St. Austin’s (Austin, TX)
  • 1958-1963: St. Paul the Apostle (New York, NY)
  • 1963-1964: St. Vincent de Paul’s (Mobile, AL)
  • 1964-1968: St. Philip Neri (Portland, OR)
  • 1968-1972: Holy Cross Burnaby (British Columbia, Canada)
  • 1972-1973: St. Austin’s (Austin, TX)
  • 1973-1979: St. Ann’s (Boston, MA)
  • 1979-1981: Paulist Fathers Generalate (Scarsdale, NY)
  • 1981-1986: Old St. Mary’s (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1986-1989: Paulist Fathers Residence (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1989-1996: St. Austin’s (Austin, TX)
  • 1996-2004: St. David’s Hospital (Austin, TX)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Robert Paul Michele:

Fr. Robert Paul Michele was a priest of the Paulist Fathers. Fr. Michele worked in the Archdioceses of New York, San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, Baltimore, Vancouver, and Mobile, as well as the Diocese of Austin and the Diocese of Brooklyn.

In 2018, the Paulist Fathers released a statement saying that a report was made in 2002 alleging that Michele sexually abused a minor female from 1964 to 1968 when he was assigned to St. Philip Neri parish in Portland, but they found the allegation inconclusive. The statement also said that they received another allegation claiming Michele sexually abused another minor female from 1972 to 1973 and that this allegation was deemed credible and substantiated. In 2018, the first victim filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the alleged abuse began in 1964 in Portland and continued until 1969.

Michele was named on the List of Paulist Fathers with credible claims of sexual abuse of a minor. Michele is also named on the Archdiocese of Mobile’s 2018 list of names of credibly accused clergy of sexually abusing a minor. In addition, he’s listed on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s 2018 list of accused priests and religious brothers accused of child sexual abuse.

Michele was living in a nursing facility in Mt. Angel, Oregon, until his death in September of 2020.

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