Assignment Record – Rev. Ruben V. Abaya
Summary of Case: Ruben V. Abaya is a Filipino priest who worked in the US from 1977 to 1982, in New Jersey. He was accused in a 1984 lawsuit with six other priests of sexual abuse of a girl 1980-1982 in the Los Angeles CA archdiocese. Abaya visited the other priests at St. Philomena parish in Carson CA in April 1980, and allegedly assaulted the girl then. The girl became pregnant by one of the priests (not Abaya). The priests fled the US and returned to the Philippines after the 1984 lawsuit was filed; the suit was then dropped. In 1991 Santiago Tamayo, the priest who first raped the girl, held a news conference to apologize to the victim for his own crimes and for involving the other priests in her abuse. In 2007, the LA archdiocese paid $500,000 to settle the victim’s case. A Rev. Ruben V. Abaya, JCD is listed online in a 2012-2013 Catholic directory as Defender of the Bond of the Laoag diocese and as chaplain for Monasterio de Santa Clara, a convent in Laoag City, province of Illocos Norte.
Newark archbishop was Peter Leo Gerety (1974-1986).
|1978||Our Lady Help of Christians||East Orange||NJ||4/5||Our Lady Help of Christians had a school with 193 students.|
|1978||1980||Holy Cross||Rumson||NJ||2/2, 2/3||Holy Cross had a school with 268 students.|
|1978||1980||Holy Rosary||Rumson||NJ||This was a mission of Holy Cross.|
Los Angeles archbishop was Timothy Manning (1970-1985).
|April 1980||St. Philomena||
• Abaya was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl, along with another priest, in a hotel while he was visiting St. Philomena's in April 1980.
Abaya was granted faculties for 11 days in April 1980.
The girl accused six other Filipino priests working in L.A. of also sexually assaulting her. (She became pregnant in 1982 and bore the child of one of them -not Abaya. She was secretly sent by the priests to the Philippines to have the baby.)
Trenton bishop was John Charles Reiss (1980-1997).
Metuchen bishop was Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1981-1986).
|1983||St. Mary's||Perth Amboy||NJ||3/3||
St. Mary's had a grade school with 211 students, and a high school with 186 students.
The 1981 Directory shows Perth Amboy to be part of the Metuchen diocese.
Abaya is not indexed beyond the 1983 Directory.
The accuser of Abaya and the other six priests filed suit in 1984; the priests fled to the Philippines, and the suit was dropped. In 1991 one of the priests, Santiago Tamayo, who was the first to rape the girl, apologized publicly for his crimes and for involving the other priests. In 2007 the woman received a $500,000 settlement from the Los Angeles archdiocese.
A Rev. Ruben V. Abaya, JCD is listed online in a 2012-2013 Catholic directory as Defender of the Bond of the Laoag diocese and as chaplain for Monasterio de Santa Clara, a convent in Laoag City, province of Illocos Norte.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1978-1983)
• Milla v. Tamayo, 187 Cal.App.3d 1453, March 4, 1987
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