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Austin Catholic diocese releases list of clergy members accused of sexual assault

The Catholic Diocese of Austin and across Texas has released a list of clergy that it believes could have sexually abused children. The church hopes this will help to rebuild trust. (CBS Austin file image)

The Diocese of Austin publicly identified nearly two dozen priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors Thursday. All but one are dead, retired or removed from ministry.

It is the latest development in the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church worldwide.

The list is 22 names long -- names of priests the Diocese of Austin says have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor sometime in the last 70 years.

But what does "credible" mean?

Bishop Joe Vasquez says some of the information comes from church records. "The credible part of about reviewing the relevant and available information and also obviously talking with the victim themselves," he said.

Some of the names are familiar to some of the faithful -- Louis Wozniak, who has a building named after him at one local church; Gerald Muller, who taught at St. Edwards University for three decades; Jim Castro Garcia, who was dismissed from seminary in Austin in 2011, but was ordained in Jamaica in 2017.

The bishop says today's list was necessary to help victims heal. "We believe they're the first ones we must look at and be concerned about. The minors are the ones who are vulnerable," he said. "Another reason we did this is because we want to restore some confidence in our leadership in the church."

The Austin Police Department urges any victims of sexual abuse by clergy to call 911 and file a police report. Bishop Vasquez also asks victims to report it to the diocese.

Click here to see the assignment information for the accused.

The inclusion of a name on this list does not establish that the allegation was substantiated or proven to the Diocese of Austin, a court, or other authority; and does not establish that sexual abuse under the Texas Penal Code actually occurred. Click here to read the definition of a credible allegation and other terms, as well as more information about how this information was compiled.

Aguilar, Ricardo

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Diocese of Austin
  • Current Status: Laicized
  • Birth: 1959
  • Ordination: 1995
  • Removal from Ministry: 2011
  • Laicization: 2017

Clogan, Paul M.

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Diocese of Portland, Maine
  • Current Status: Deceased
  • Birth: 1931
  • Ordination: 1999
  • Death: 2012

Delaney, Daniel Joseph

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Diocese of Austin
  • Current Status: Deceased
  • Birth: 1946
  • Ordination: 1973
  • Death: 2008

Drinan, Daniel Michael

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Congregation of Missionaries, Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Current Status: Laicized
  • Birth: 1948
  • Ordination: 1977
  • Removal from Ministry: 2002
  • Expulsion: 2006
  • Laicization: 2014

Eggerling, Milton

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Diocese of Oakland, previously of the Diocese of Sioux Falls
  • Current Status: Deceased
  • Birth: 1921
  • Ordination: 1954
  • Death: 2008

Faust, Claude

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Diocese of Austin
  • Current Status: Deceased
  • Birth: 1914
  • Ordination: 1939
  • Death: 1973

Gallagher, James

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Diocese of Austin (Deacon)
  • Current Status: Deceased
  • Birth: 1932
  • Diaconate Ordination: 1984
  • Death: 2005

Garcia, Jim Castro (a/k/a Santiago)

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Archdiocese of Kingston, Jamaica
  • Current Status: Priest for the Archdiocese of Kingston, Jamaica
  • Birth: 1968
  • Ordination: 2017
  • Additional Information: Dismissed from seminary for the Diocese of Austin in 2011. Later ordained for the Archdiocese of Kingston, Jamaica.

Greenwell, James H.

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Third Order Regular of St. Francis, previously of the Order of Friars Minor
  • Current Status: Deceased
  • Birth: 1924
  • Ordination: 1954
  • Death: 2012

Hand, Jr., Chester Culver

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Diocese of Austin
  • Current Status: Deceased
  • Birth: 1920
  • Ordination: 1986
  • Death: 2002

Kinder, Conrad

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Society of the Divine Word
  • Current Status: Deceased
  • Birth: 1891
  • Ordination: 1921
  • Death: 1978

Krol, Michael Francis

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Diocese of Austin
  • Current Status: Deceased
  • Birth: 1919
  • Ordination: 1945
  • Death: 1996

Muller, Gerald

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Congregation of Holy Cross (Religious Brother)
  • Current Status: Restricted
  • Birth: 1927
  • Vows: 1946
  • Removal from Ministry: 2017
  • Restricted: 2017

Nowery, C. Richard

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Congregation of Holy Cross
  • Current Status: Deceased
  • Birth: 1938
  • Ordination: 1968
  • Death: 2018

O'Connor, James R.

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Diocese of Austin
  • Current Status: Laicized
  • Birth: 1942
  • Ordination: 1969
  • Removal from Ministry: 2004
  • Laicization: 2018

Ozuna, Rafael Rendon

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Diocese of Austin (Deacon)
  • Current Status: Laicized
  • Birth: 1944
  • Diaconate Ordination: 2007
  • Removal from Ministry: 2010
  • Laicization: 2013

Reyes, Longinus Juventius (a/k/a Lonnie)

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Diocese of Austin
  • Current Status: Removed from Ministry, Retired
  • Birth: 1942
  • Ordination: 1969
  • Removal from Ministry: 2004
  • Retirement: 2004

Robles, Victor G.

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Diocese of Austin, previously of the Society of Jesus
  • Current Status: Removed from Ministry, Retired
  • Birth: 1953
  • Ordination: 1986
  • Removal from Ministry: 2002
  • Retirement: 2009

Tijerina, Alberto Matta

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Diocese of Austin, previously of the Diocese of San Angelo
  • Current Status: Removed from Ministry
  • Birth: 1954
  • Ordination: 1980
  • Removal from Ministry: 1993

Waiches, Vincent

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Diocese of San Diego, previously of the Society of the Divine Word
  • Current Status: Deceased
  • Birth: 1919
  • Ordination: 1946
  • Death: 1995

Willemsen, Adrianus Johannes (a/k/a Andy, Andrew, Andre)

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Diocese of Austin, previously of the Congregation of the Mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Current Status: Deceased
  • Birth: 1928
  • Ordination: 1954
  • Death: 2012

Wozniak, Louis J.

  • Diocese or Religious Order: Diocese of Austin
  • Current Status: Removed from Ministry, Retired
  • Birth: 1926
  • Ordination: 1951
  • Removal from Ministry: 2015
  • Retirement: 1999


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