Fr. Michael Benedict
Diocese of Lafayette
Assigned as follows:
- St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church (Abbeville, LA)
- Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (Lafayette, LA)
- Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church (Lafayette, LA)
- Sacred Heart of Jesus (Oakdale, LA)
- St Margaret of Scotland (Lake Charles, LA)
- St. Peter’s Catholic Church (New Iberia, LA)
- Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Church Point, LA)
- Most Holy Sacrament Convent (Lafayette, LA)
Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Fr. Michael Benedict:
Fr. Michael Benedict was ordained a priest in 1943, and served in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in April 2019, he was publicly named on the Diocese of Lafayette’s disclosure list of “diocesan clergy against whom credible allegations have been made regarding sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult.” Information about the date, age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Diocese of Lafayette.
According to media reports, Fr. Benedict’s name also appears on a list of clergy included in diocese documents that were part of a lawsuit the Diocese of Lafayette filed against its insurance carriers. Benedict’s entry on the list reads, “retired- Living in Florida. Was not recommended to Orders. Suspected of being mixed up with a married lady, but nothing on file.”
Fr. Benedict died in 1998.
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