Bishop Alexander Salazar

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Bishop Alexander Salazar

a.k.a Father Alex

Assignment History

Assignment Beginning Date Completion Date
• St. Albert the Great, Compton, CA, School Teacher/Bookkeeper (secular) 1968 1979
• Ordained a Priest June 16, 1984
• St. Gregory the Great, Whittier, CA, Associate Pastor 1984 1988
• Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pasadena, CA, Associate Pastor 1988 1992
• Cathedral of St. Vibiana, Los Angeles, CA, Associate Pastor 1992 1994
• St. Teresa of Avila, Los Angeles, CA, Temporary Administrator 1994 2004
• St. Teresa of Avila, Los Angeles, CA, Pastor 1994 2004
• Archdiocesan Catholic Center, Los Angeles, CA, Vice Chancellor 2003 2004
• Promoted to Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles November 4, 2004
Timeline according to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles*
 There is currently no official information released about Bishop Alexander Salazar by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  Bishop Salazar Resigned on December 18, 2018 from his position as Bishop.  Reports show that he had credible accusations of child sexual abuse against him as early as 2002, however the Archdiocese never included Salazar in any of it’s lists of publicly and credibly accused priests.
*see Addendum to The Report to the People of God  
Bishop Alexander Salazar

LA Times News Article

Salazar’s RCALA Profile

Full text: Letter regarding Auxiliary Bishop Salazar’s retirement

Salazar’s Wikipedia Page

  • Born


    Bishop Alexander Salazar was born in San Jose, Costa Rica in 1949. He came to the U.S. when he was three years old and grew up in Los Angeles. He attended high school and college in the LA County and then moved on to becoming a secular teacher at St. Albert the Great in Compton, CA.

  • June 16, 1984


    Ordained a priest on June 16, 1984.

  • 1985

    From 1985-1988 Salazar was an Associate Pastor at St. Gregory the Great, in Whittier, CA.

  • 1989-1992


    He moved to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Pasadena, CA from 1989-1992.  There, Salazar sexually abused a young male. It was reported to have happened at a private residence.

  • 1993


    In 1993-1994 Salazar was transferred to Cathedral of St. Vibiana, in Los Angeles, CA.

  • 1994


    In 1994 he transferred to St. Teresa of Avila, another Los Angeles congregation. In 1995 he was made a pastor at this church and remained pastor until 2005.

  • 2002


    In 2002, one of Bishop Salazar’s victims came forward during the height of clerical sexual abuse scandals. Pasadena Police advised he be charged with committing a lewd act on a child but the LA County District Attorney’s Office decided not to file charges because of lack of evidence. According to an Archdiocesan report, “The Congregation investigated and permitted Bishop Salazar to remain in ministry subject to certain precautionary conditions, which he has respected.”

  • 2003


    Despite the charges, in 2003, he was appointed Vice-Chancellor to the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

  • August 9, 2003


    On August 9, 2003 he was made Chaplain of Honor to His Holiness, the pope.

  • September 7, 2004


    Again despite the Vatican knowing of these allegations, on September 7, 2004 he was promoted to Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles. He was leading the pastoral region of San Pedro, one of five LA regions.

  • 2005


    In 2005 the Archdiocese, for reasons unknown, sent the complaint to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith which investigates clerical sexual misconduct.

  • 2009


    Bishop Alexander Salazar continued to serve as a Vicar for the Archdiocese Office of Ethnic Ministries through 2009.

  • December 8, 2018


    On December 18, 2018 Salazar resigned from Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles.

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