The following clergy have no faculties to minister (no permission to exercise the priestly office) in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Please call the Parish Office and/or the Vicar for Clergy Office should they present themselves for any ministry here.
Rev. John Howard Wadeson Archdiocese of Agaña, Guam
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 relation to accusation first made in 1992 concerning alleged sexual misconduct in the 1970’s against Father Wadeson, then a member of the Society of the Divine Word, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is aware that the allegation was investigated by the Society at the time and was not verified.
No settlement was offered or paid by the archdiocese or, as far as it knows, by the society. Having reviewed the documentation presented by Father Wadeson, and following the 2014 reexamination, the archdiocese has concluded that there is no reason to preclude Father Wadeson from serving in priestly ministry.
- Los Angeles is only aware that Wadeson's Society did an investigation "at the time" (in the 1970's). Los Angeles itself did NOT do an investigation.
- The Society "at the time" did not verify the charges (no surprise given the financial liability of the Society if the charges were verified)
- Los Angeles ONLY reviewed documentation PRESENTED BY FATHER WADESON (they looked no further than what Wadeson gave them)
- Los Angeles concluded that there was "no reason to preclude" Wadeson from ministry.