Fr. Lynn Richard Caffoe

Fr. Lynn Richard Caffoe

Ordination: 1971

Notes: The Archdiocese of Los Angeles knew as early as 1975 that Fr. Caffoe sexually abused altar boys at his first parish assignment. It is believed that Fr. Caffoe sexually abused at least 15 victims during his career as a priest. Fr. Caffoe has been accused of abusing children in every parish in which he was assigned, including St. Callistus in what is now the Diocese of Orange. He was removed from ministry in May 1991 and was sent for treatment at St. Luke Institute from 1991 to 1992. His name was included on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2004 list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. Fr. Caffoe reportedly resided and/or worked in the Dioceses of San Diego, Portland, and Monterey after leaving the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Fr. Caffoe was laicized in January 2006 and was named in a civil lawsuit that was settled in 2007. Fr. Caffoe’s personnel files were released in January 2013. Fr. Caffoe is believed to have resided in San Diego from 2008 until his death in late 2009. His access to children until the time of his death is unknown.


1971-1975 St. Callistus, Garden Grove, CA

 1976-1982 Our Lady of Peace, Sepulveda, CA

1982-1986 St. Bede the Venerable, La Canada, CA

1987-1991 St. James, Redondo Beach, CA

1992 Divine Saviour, Los Angeles, CA

1993-2005 Unknown

2006 Laicized, Location Unknown

2007-2008 Unknown

2009 Died

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