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Fr. “Edward” Anthony Rodrigue

 

Ordination: Unknown

Notes: Fr. Edward Anthony Rodrigue worked as a priest in the Diocese of San Bernardino and San Diego before retiring and being removed from ministry in 1983. Several boys allegedly reported Fr. Rodrigue’s sexual abuse to clergy on many occasions throughout the years, but either nothing was done or Fr. Rodrigue was simply moved to a new parish. In 1979, Fr. Rodrigue pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor child molestation charge and was sentenced to probation, but was allowed to continue in the priesthood for another 4 years until his retirement. In the wake of additional accusations, Fr. Rodrigue was laicized in approximately 1992. According to a 1997 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s report, Fr. Rodrigue admitted to sexually abusing four or five boys each year when he was a priest. In 1998, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing an 11-year-old, mentally disabled boy. Claims against Fr. Rodrigue were included in the Diocese of San Diego’s 2007 settlement with survivors of clergy sexual abuse. Fr. Rodrigue was included in the Diocese of San Bernardino’s list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. He was also included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of priests where the Diocese has received a credible allegation involving sexual abuse of a minor. From his laicization to his death in 2009, Fr. Rodrigue’s whereabouts and whether he had access to minors are unknown.

Assignments:

1963-1964 Mary Star of the Sea, La Jolla, CA

1965-1966 Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lakeside, CA

1967 St. John, Encinitas, CA

1968-1971 Our Lady of Guadalupe, Calexico, CA

1972-1973 St. Joseph, Barstow, CA

1974 St. Augustine, Eagle Mountain, CA

1975 St. Michael, Poway, CA

1976 Our Lady Church, El Centro, CA

1977 Graduate Studies

1978-1979 St. George, Ontario, CA

1980-2008 Unknown

2009 Died