Br. Jorge Ortiz Lopez, o.f.m.: Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Br. Jorge Ortiz Lopez, o.f.m.

Jorge Ortiz Lopez
  • 1976-1977: St. Francis, Sacramento, CA (SAC)
  • 1977-1988: St. Elizabeth’s, Oakland, CA (OAK)
  • 1982-1988: Our Lady of Guadalupe, San Jose, CA (SJ)
  • 1988-1993: Mt. Carmel, Fresno, CA (FRS)
  • 1993-1994: Mission San Antonio, Jolon, CA (MRY)
  • 1994-1997: San Damiano, Danville, CA (OAK)
  • 1998-2004: Unknown
  • 2004: Died

Br. Jorge Ortiz Lopez was a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of Saint Barbara, part of what is formally known as the Order of Friars Minor. In a 1994 lawsuit, one survivor accused Br. Lopez of child sexual abuse from approximately 1975 to 1976 at  Sacred Heart in Prescott, Arizona in the Diocese of Phoenix. Br. Lopez allegedly admitted to the sexual abuse and promised to pay for the survivor’s counseling, but neglected to actually do so. Br. Lopez was on the Diocese of Phoenix’s List of “Diocese of Phoenix’s names of priests of religious communities who have served in the Diocese of Phoenix and have been laicized and/or removed from  ministry by their communities due to sexual misconduct with a minor.” Br. Lopez was also included in the Franciscan Friars Province of Saint Barbara’s “List of Franciscan Friars from the St. Barbara Province with Credibly (sic) Claims of Sexual Abuse of a Minor” in the section “Deceased Former Province of St. Barbara Friars Who Have Been Credibly Accused.” According to this list, Br. Lopez moved to Mexico in 1997. Br. Lopez’s whereabouts, status as a brother, and whether he had access to children from 1998 until his death are unknown.