Fact Sheet: Accused Louisville Priests ‘Under the Radar’ (1/19)
-- Fr. Michael (a.k.a. “Miguel”) Baca
He was included in the Gallup diocese's 12/14 list of clergy having credible allegations of sexual misconduct made against them. The diocese provided a partial list of assignments for Fr. Baca, which showed him at St Joseph the Worker in San Fidel NM in 1961. But the Official Catholic Directory lists him as assigned there as Retreat Director for the decade 1961-1970. Baca's 18 years of missionary work took him throughout the US, and he also worked among the Otomi Indians of central Mexico. Besides Gallup, Fr. Baca worked in at least one other diocese (Peoria) and two archdioceses (Louisville and Santa Fe). He also worked at Immaculate Conception Parish in Cuba NM in 1953 and Our Lady of Fatima Parish inChinle AZ in 1978. For 12 years, Fr. Baca wrote the "Life Is for Living" column for the national magazine St Anthony Messenger. He is deceased.
-- Fr. Crispin Butz
He was named among Franciscan alleged clergy perpetrators of sexual abuse in a 12/14 court documents related to Gallup NM diocese's bankruptcy case. Early in his career, he worked in Batesville, IN and Louisville, KY, then was moved to Sacred Heart Parish in Gallup NM. He reportedly abused during 1960-63 when he was at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Gallup. Other assignments included the Basilica Cathedral of St. Francis in Santa Fe where he was rector in 1984-94. He also pastored parishes in Albuquerque, Bloomfield, Cuba and Grants NM. Fr. Butz’ last assignment was at St. Paschal Friary in Santa Fe. He died in 2011 at Casa Guadalupe Friary in Albuquerque.
-- Fr. Patrick Mackan
He was accused in a 2002 lawsuit of sexually abusing a teenaged Canadian girl after she had been raped and impregnated by another man. The abuse is alleged to have continued 1972-75 and to have included oral sex and sexual intercourse. Some of the abuse occurred during trips to theUS, where Fr. Mackan supervised other priests of his order in the Louisville archdiocese. His later career involved the education of children with special needs. Fr. Mackan died in 1990.
-- Fr. Paul J. Greenwell
In September 2017, he was first identified publicly as accused in the Santa Fe archdiocese list. He worked in both the Louisville and Owensboroareas. According to the Official Catholic Directory, in the late 1950s-early 1960s, Fr. Greenwell was “absent on leave from the Owensboro diocese” and living at Sacred Heart parish in Albuquerque. He died in 1964.
--Fr. Dominic Savino
In 2002, he was removed from the presidency of Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino CA after allegations he abused two brothers in 1979 as well as others in 1970s. He "acknowledged" some incidents and that he had sought therapy and counseling. He was also accused of abusing five high school boys in Louisville, KY from 1966-1973 (where he worked at DeSales High School). He was named in at least one civil suit. Accusations by seven individuals were included in a $10 million settlement in 2006 with the order and the Los Angeles archdiocese. He is/was a member of the Carmelite religious order.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.