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Legionaries of Christ Receive Allegations of Misconduct

In alignment with the policies of the Archdiocese of New York, the Legionaries of Christ communicate the following:

On Sunday, September 12, 2021, an individual made an online report to the Archdiocese of New York regarding alleged misconduct against Father David Barton, LC.

On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, another individual came forward and filed a complaint of misconduct against Fr. David Barton, LC, to the Legionaries of Christ. This person was an adolescent at the time of the alleged incident.

On September 15, 2021 the Legionaries of Christ opened an investigation into the allegations. Father Barton has been fully cooperating. At the conclusion of the investigation, the Legionaries of Christ will publish the results.

For the duration of the investigation, Father Barton has been placed on administrative leave. This is a prudential measure during the investigation of this claim; it does not represent a determination of his guilt or innocence.

We are grateful to those who have come forward and encourage others who may have been negatively impacted to contact the Legionaries of Christ’s pastoral care advocate for the United States, Abby Saunders.

Abby Saunders, Program Coordinator for Pastoral Care


Phone: (443) 788-9730

The Legionaries of Christ remain committed to creating and maintaining a safe environment for all people who interact with our priests and are involved in our ministries. Every Legionary of Christ in North America receives ongoing training by VIRTUS in keeping with our Praesidium accreditation.