The Archdiocese of Los Angeles reported that the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura of the Vatican has ruled that Father Jeffrey Newell is and always has been a priest incardinated in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. As a result, the decision by the Archdiocese to remove him from all ministry in 1993 was confirmed, as of that date and continuing to the present. Under the ruling, since 1993, Father Newell has had no faculties which would have allowed him to minister anywhere.

Notice of the ruling, dated December 14, 2021, and provided to the Archdiocese on May 25, 2022, was in favor of the filing by the Archdiocese seeking official confirmation of its long held position.

Under the decision, Fr. Newell is precluded from ministry anywhere, he is prohibited from offering Mass publicly, offering or presiding over any other sacraments or accepting any donations.

Please contact the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at 213- 637- 7284 with any questions.