|Rev. Gregory Kareta, o.f.m.Conv.
Summary of Case: Kareta was charged in 2003 with having sexually abused an 11 year-old boy in the summers of 1973 and 1974. The alleged victim reported the abuse to church authorities in 1985, and was told by them not to report Kareta to the police. Three of the boy's young relatives also claimed Kareta tried to molest them. The charges included allegations that he had abused a boy in 1963-1964. Kareta's is said to have admitted the abuse to this victim in a letter of apology. All of the charges were dropped due to the statute of limitations.
Detroit archbishop was Edward Aloysius Mooney (1937-1958)
|1958||Celebrated his first solemn mass June 17, 1956 at St. Thomas the Apostle parish in Detroit, MI. Kareta is not indexed in the 1957 or 1958 Directories.|
Mooney was succeeded by John Francis Dearden (1958-1980)
|1963||St. Hedwig's (Polish)||Detroit||MI||5/8, 2/6, 3/7, 4/8||St. Hedwig's had a grade school with 355-253 boys and 321-250 girls, and a high school with 154-166 boys and 172-211 girls.|
Los Angeles archbishop was James Francis Aloysius McIntyre (1948-1970)
|1964||Our Lady of Guadalupe||
• The 2003 charges of child sexual abuse against Kareta included those from his time at this parish.
|CA||2/3||Parish had a school with 301 students.|
Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)
• Letters from Kareta's personnel file show that Kareta was accused of molesting a boy while he was pastor of this parish. Kareta admitted the abuse in a letter of apology to the victim.
|WI||4/5||Parish had a school with 527 students.|
McIntyre was followed as Los Angeles archbishop by Timothy Manning (1970-1985)
|1971||Bishop Montgomery High School||Torrance||CA||Bishop Montgomery High had 624-640 boys and 610-630 girls.|
|1971||1978||St. Paul the Apostle||
• Kareta was charged in 2003 with having molested an 11 year-old altar boy in the summers of 1973 and 1974 while pastor of this parish. Three of the boy's relatives also claimed to have been molested by Kareta.
|CA||1/2||Kareta's accuser claimed he reported the abuse to the bishop in Torrance in 1985, but that he was told not to report it to the police. Church authorities did offer him counseling.|
|1971||1978||California Men's Colony||CA||This was a mission of St. Paul the Apostle in Pismo Beach.|
San Bernardino bishop was Philip Francis Straling (1978-1995)
|1979||Queen of Angels||Riverside||CA||2/3||Queen of Angels had a school with 260 students.|
|1979||1980||St. Joseph's||Barstow||CA||St. Joseph's had a school with 270 students. Kareta is not listed at St. Joseph's in the San Bernardino diocesan pages, but he is listed at the Franciscan Center, which was one of the parish missions.|
|1979||1980||Franciscan Center||Newberry Springs||CA||Director||This was a mission of St. Joseph's in Barstow.|
|1979||1980||MCSC Base||Baker||CA||This was a mission of St. Joseph's in Barstow.|
|1979||1980||Kelso||CA||This was a station of St. Joseph's in Barstow.|
|1979||1980||Mountain Pass||CA||This was a station of St. Joseph's in Barstow.|
|1980||1981||Queen of Angels
||Riverside||CA||3/3||Parish had a school with 300 students.|
|1981||1982||St. Thomas||Riverside||CA||1/5||Parish had a school with 345 students.|
|1981||1982||Our Lady of Guadalupe||Riverside||CA||This was a mission of St. Thomas.|
|1982||1984||Kareta is not indexed in the 1983 or 1984 Directories.|
Fresno bishop was Jose de Jesus Madera Uribe, M.Sp.S. (1980-1991), followed by John Thomas Steinbock (1991-2010)
|1996||St. Paul the Apostle||Coalinga||CA||1/2, 1/1, 1/3|
Parish had a religious education program with 50-70 students.
Kareta was removed from St. Joseph's when the allegation surfaced that he had molested a boy in 1973 and 1974.
|1996||2002||St. Cecilia's||Kavanaugh||CA||This was a mission of St. Joseph's in Avenal.|
|2002||2003||Kareta is not indexed in the 2003 Directory.|
|2003||2004||Retired, St. Joseph Cupertino Friary||Arroyo Grande||CA||The charges against Kareta were dropped in July 2003 after the U.S.Supreme Court overturned a CA ruling that had lifted the statute of limitations on sex crimes against children.|
Kareta is not indexed in the 2005 or 2006 Directories.
Kareta died in 2006.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1957-2004)
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