Fr. Arthur Bendixen: Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Have Been Admitted, Established or Determined to Be Credible

Fr. Arthur Bendixen

Ordained: 1976

  • 1977-1978: Catholic University, Washington D.C. (WDC)
  • 1979: St. Margaret Mary Church, Winter Park, FL
  • 1980-1981: Good Shepherd, Orlando, FL (ORL)
  • 1982: St. Mary Magdalen Church, Altamonte Springs, FL (ORL)
  • 1983: Continuing Studies (ORL) 1995-1996 Unknown
  • 1984: On Duty Outside the Diocese (ORL) –
  • 1985-1988: St. Mary Magdalen Church, Altamonte Springs, FL (ORL)
  • 1989: Unknown
  • 1990-1991: Special Assignment (ORL)
  • 1992-1993: On Duty Outside the Diocese (ORL) – St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach, FL (PMB)
  • 1994: Sabbatical (ORL)
  • 1997-2001: Sabbatical (ORL)
  • 2002-2019: Unknown

Fr. Arthur Bendixen was Chancellor of the Diocese of Orlando prior to his suspension in 1993, after he was accused of sexually abusing a former altar boy. The former altar boy filed a lawsuit alleging Fr. Bendixen sexually abused him when Fr. Bendixen was assigned to St. Mary Magdalen in Altamonte Springs, Florida. After his suspension, Fr. Bendixen was reportedly ordered to seek treatment, but after refusing, was barred from ministry. Since the first accusation, many more men have come forward claiming to have been abused by Fr. Bendixen as children. The Diocese has reached out-of-court settlements with as many as 11 of the men who accused Fr. Bendixen of sexually abusing them as children. In 2002, Fr. Bendixen was found to be working at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. After Fr. Bendixen’s work at DePaul University was exposed, DePaul University claimed it did not know about the allegations against him prior to hiring him. DePaul University further stated that Fr. Bendixen would not teach in the upcoming quarter, but did not rule out the possibility of him teaching in the future for the University. Fr. Bendixen’s whereabouts, status as a priest, and whether he has access to children are unknown.