Four priests accused of child sex abuse in northwest Harris County
More than 40 priests were named by the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese on Tuesday as being “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of a minor sometime after 1950, including four from the Prince of Peace Catholic Community.
Father John Keller was recently removed from the ministry, according to the archdiocese and is currently under investigation by the diocese.
As of Thursday, Keller was still listed as one of three priests assigned to Prince of Peace and listed as the pastor, according the church’s website.
Keller was also assigned to Christ the Good Shepherd in Spring.
Two of the priests, Robert Ramon and Allen Ray Doga, died in 1999 and 2014, respectively.
Ramon also served at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe and was removed from ministry in 2002 before he resigned in the same year.
Doga helped start the parish when it was established and getting the church built by 1974, according to the Prince of Peace website.
He was also assigned to St. Edward Catholic Church in Spring, according to the archdiocese.
Moises Cabrera, a fourth priest named by the archdiocese, was removed from the ministry in 1988.
Bladimir Ramos arrived for confession at Prince of Peace on Thursday and said the accusations against the priests meant something bad had occurred to the victims.
If found guilty, he said, they should be removed.
“They shouldn’t be church servants. They don’t belong to a church,” he said in Spanish.
Ramos said he’d been attending the parish since 2012 as it was one of the few in the area that offered weekly mass in Spanish.
Although he said he wasn’t aware about the list published by the archdiocese earlier today, Ramos said his faith wasn’t shaken.
“One shouldn’t stop coming to mass despite what happens because we’re coming to God’s house (and) not for the priests,” he said.
Irma Jurado arrived for confession to accompany a friend and said she didn’t regularly attend Prince of Peace.
She said she felt bad about affected parishes’ reputations where the accused priests had served.
“It’s not God’s fault. The fault is with the people who do wrong,” she said in Spanish.
In an op-ed published Thursday, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo apologized for the abuse and urged the public to report incidents to the police.