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Texas Catholic leaders name 286 accused of abusing minors, 8 local priests identified

Priest during mass at church, Photo Date: August 20, 2018 / Photo: Pixabay / (MGN)
Priest during mass at church, Photo Date: August 20, 2018 / Photo: Pixabay / (MGN)
Published: Jan. 31, 2019 at 3:24 PM CST
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Catholic leaders in Texas have identified 286 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children, a number that represents one of the largest collection of names to be released since an explosive grand jury report last year in Pennsylvania.

Fourteen dioceses in Texas on Thursday named those credibly accused of abuse. The only diocese not to provide names, Fort Worth, did so more than a decade ago.

Locally, eights priests from the Austin Diocese were named. They worked in parishes across the area, including Waco, Temple, Killeen, West and Gatesville.

Five of the accused priests are alive, the other three have died.

There are only a handful of states where every diocese has released names and most of them have only one or two.

The move by Texas church leaders follows a shocking Pennsylvania report in August detailing seven decades of child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests.

In the months after that report, about 50 dioceses and religious provinces released the names of nearly 1,250 priests.

Below is a list of the eight priests with Central Texas ties and their current status with the church:

Ricardo Aguilar

Rogers – St. Matthew

Temple – Our Lady of Guadalupe

Current Status: Laicized

Born: 1959

Ordination: 1995

Removal from Ministry: 2011

Laicization: 2017

Daniel Joseph Delaney

Lampasas – St. Mary

Born: 1946

Ordination: 1973

Death: 2008

James Gallagher

Gatesville – Our Lady of Lourdes

Hamilton – St. Thomas

Born: 1932

Diaconate Ordination: 1984

Death: 2005

James H. Greenwell

Cameron – Blessed Sacrament

Marlin – Santa Maria del Pilar

Marlin – St. Joseph

Temple – Our Lady of Guadalupe

Waco – Sacred Heart

Waco – St. Francis

Waco – VA Hospital (Chaplain)

Born: 1924

Ordination: 1954

Death: 2012

Michael Francis Krol

Hamilton – St. Thomas

San Saba – St. Mary

Born: 1919

Ordination: 1945

Death: 1996

James R. O'Connor

Bellmead – St. Joseph

Hamilton – St. Thomas

Hearne – St. Mary

Jarrell – Holy Trinity

Taylor – St. Mary

Temple – St. Mary

Waco – St. Joseph (In Residence)

Waco – St. Mary, of the Assumption

West – St. Mary, of the Assumption

Born: 1942

Ordination: 1969

Removal from Ministry: 2004

Laicization: 2018

Rafael Rendon Ozuna

Killeen – St. Joseph

Temple – Our Lady of Guadalupe

Born: 1944

Diaconate Ordination: 2007

Removal from Ministry: 2010

Laicization: 2013

Longinus Juventius Reyes (a/k/a Lonnie)

Waco – St. Louis

Current Status: Removed from Ministry, Retired

Born: 1942

Ordination: 1969

Removal from Ministry: 2004

Retirement: 2004

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