Fr. Lorenzo Ruiz

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Religious Order:  Franciscan

Notes:  In 1995 suit in NM, woman claimed Ruiz started a “girls club” at church to find victims for sex and that he abused her and others in 1978 after taking them on outings and giving them money and presents. Suit includes charges against Archdiocese of Denver and Franciscan Order. Ruiz transferred from Albuquerque to Denver in 1987 and became head of Hispanic Affairs. He was abruptly removed from the post in 11/04 and his faculties were removed.

Sources:  Albuquerque Journal 5.5.95Denver Post 11.22.94Rocky Mountain News 11.22.94Denver Post 11.23.94Albuquerque Journal 06.15.95