|Rev. James W. or William J. Aylward
Summary of Case: In 1997 Aylward was caught in a darkened rectory room with a teen-age boy by fellow priest, Fr. John Conley. Conley reported suspected child sexual abuse to legal authorities and then to the archdiocese, and was subsequently placed on leave by Archbishop Levada. Conley was told to keep quiet about the incident, and to seek psychotherapy. Aylward denied wrongdoing and was allowed to continue in active ministry. Alyward admitted in a 1999 deposition that he had inappropriate sexual contact with boys for years. He was then placed on leave.
San Francisco archbishop was Joseph Thomas McGucken (1962-1977)
|1965||St. Emydius||San Francisco||CA||3/5||
Parish had a school with 362 boys and 365 girls.
Aylward is referred to as "William J." in the 1965-1970 Directories.
|Parish had a school with 200-199 boys and 200-201 girls.|
McGucken was succeeded by John Raphael Quinn (1977-1995)
|1979||Archdiocesan Commission on Church Music||San Francisco||CA||Chairman 1977-1979|
|1967||1970||St. Timothy's||San Mateo||CA||
|Parish had a school with 173-139 boys and 175-179 girls.|
Parish had a school until 1971 with 126 boys and 121 girls.
Beginning with the 1971 Directory, Aylward is referred to as "James W. "
|1975||1978||St. Gabriel's||San Francisco||CA||
Msgr. Francis Quinn was pastor.
|Parish had a school with 702-632 students.|
|1976||1978||Archdiocesan Worship Commission||San Francisco||CA|
|1977||1979||Archdiocesan Director of Music||San Francisco||CA|
|1978||1979||Archdiocesan Music and Worship Commission||San Francisco||CA||Director|
|1979||1985||Archdiocesan Ministry of Worship, Art and Music||San Francisco||CA||Director|
|1978||1980||Most Holy Redeemer||San Francisco||CA||2/3||Parish had a school until 1979 with 141 students.|
|1980||1981||Aylward is not indexed in the 1981 Directory. He remains listed in the Archdiocesan pages of the 1981 Directory as Director of Ministry of Worship, Art and Music. He is not listed at his previous or next parish assignments.|
||Pacifica||CA||2/2, 2/3||Parish had a school with 280-238 students.|
• Aylward admitted in 1999 to having "inappropriate physical contact" with minors for his own sexual gratification at this parish, among others.
|CA||2/3||Parish had a school with 204-214 students.|
|1990||1995||St. Sylvester's||San Rafael||CA||1/2|
Quinn was replaced by William Joseph Levada (1995-2005)
|1998||St. Catherine of Siena||
• Aylward was found in 1997 by another priest in a darkened St. Catherine's rectory room with a teen-age boy. Aylward initially claimed it was just "horseplay and wrestling", but admitted in a 2000 deposition that he had a history of inappropriately touching minor boys.
Parish had a school with 322-324 students, and a religious education program with 130-190 students.
Aylward was not prosecuted. A subsequent lawsuit by the boy's family against the archdiocese resulted in a settlement.
Rev. John Conley, the priest who discovered Aylward with the boy, was placed on leave by the archdiocese after he reported the incident. When Conley told Bishop McGrath that he had reported the incident to the D.A., McGrath responded, "... we usually keep these things in-house."
Conley later sued the archdiocese, claiming Levada retaliated against him for reporting suspected child sexual abuse. Conley was told not to tell anyone of the accusation and to seek psychotherapy.
The church settled with Fr. Conley in 2002 after Aylward admitted to molesting minors.
|1998||2000||Our Lady of Mt. Carmel||Mill Valley||CA||2/3||Aylward was quietly moved to this parish by Levada after having been accused of molesting a boy at his previous parish.|
|2000||2005||Absent on Leave|
George Hugh Niederauer followed Levada as San Francisco archbishop (2005-)
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1965-2010)
• S.F. Archdiocese Settles Abuse Suit, Contra Costa Times (California), May 22, 2000