02/17/2004 - Fr. Wadeson's name appears on a report by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles which is published in the Los Angeles Times. The report notes that Fr. Wadeson was twice accused of sexually molesting minors between the years 1973 and 1977 when he was assigned to Verbum Dei High School in the Los Angeles diocese.
"In 2011, Wadeson asked the Los Angeles archdiocese for authorization to minister once more in Los Angeles because he was traveling in California. The archdiocese refused and contacted archdiocese officials in Guam after learning he was working there, said archdiocese attorney Michael Hennigan. He said he did not know what was done with the information."
"In response to concerns in the community regarding Father John Wadeson serving in the Archdiocese of Agana, the Archbishop has decided to remove Father Wadeson from active and public ministry at this time. The Archdiocese of Agana has a policy regarding sexual misconduct and sexual harassment and takes these matters very seriously."
PNC contacted Father Adrian last Friday, who confirmed that Father Wadeson had a record in California. But he denied claims that Father Wadeson was being protected by the Archbishop. Father Adrian said the Archdiocese is aware of Father Wadeson’s past, but the allegations were just that: allegations.
Father Adrian told PNC last Friday that before Father Wadeson was incardinated on Guam, their policy would have required the twice accused priest to produce an affidavit of suitability from his previous bishop or religious leaders. It’s not clear whether that was indeed turned over before Wadeson was incardinated as he is still banned from serving in Los Angeles.
“does not discriminate against false or true accusations.”
PACIFIC DAILY NEWS, July 23, 2014: "The archdiocese was unable to answer when Wadeson was incardinated, or officially given authority, to be a priest on Guam."
I warn anyone who wishes to reiterate this false accusation that I have instructed my lawyer to proceed judicially against those who will advance this calumny. Whatever compensation may be obtained after the court pronouncement will be devolved to help people in need, on Guam.
- The chancery does not know if Wadeson produced the required affidavit of suitability.
- The chancery does not even know when Wadeson was incardinated.
- The chancery ignored Wadeson's record and the warnings from Los Angeles because in the words of Fr. Cristobal, the archdiocese “does not discriminate against false or true accusations” even though in its press release of 7/22/14 the same archdiocese says it "has a policy regarding sexual misconduct and sexual harassment and takes these matters very seriously."