By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator

The Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux released the names of priests who have admitted, were convicted or credibly accused of sexually abusing children on Jan. 11.

In a letter, Bishop Shelton J. Fabre said none of the priests on the list are currently active in the ministry. Bishop Fabre, who is originally from New Roads, apologized for the “egregious sins that have taken place.’
He called “abhorrent” the sexual abuse of a child by anyone and “even worse when perpetrated by the clergy that is vested with the sacred trust of the children of God.”

He added the attempt to cover up “these sins is even more disturbing.”

Priests admitted, convicted or who pleaded guilty included Lawrence Cavell, ordained in 1989; Alexander Francisco, ordained in 1979; Dale Guidry, ordained in 1982; Patrick Kujawa, ordained in 1996; Robert Melancon, ordained in 1962; and Carlos Melendez, priest of the Missionaries of Christ Crucified in El Savador.

Priests credibly accused and subject to civil litigation include Etienne LeBlanc, ordained in 1971; Gerald Prinz; ordained in 1968; Bernard Schmaltz, ordained in 1973; Claude Boudreaux, ordained in 1955; Gerald Kinane, ordained in 1973; Ramon Luce, ordained in 1995; Dac Nguyen, ordained in 1988; and Daniel Poche, ordained in 1978.