Late priest named to list of abusers
March 29, 2016
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has reached a settlement with a man who said a priest sexually abused him as a minor.
The diocese announced Tuesday that it has added the name of the late Rev. Paul Archambault to its list of clergy with credible claims of abuse. The list is posted on the diocesan website.
The diocese says according to legal filings in the case, it appears that Archambault took his own life after being confronted with the allegations in 2011.
The diocese is asking parishes where Archambault served to alert those communities. Those include: Holy Name of Jesus, in Chicopee; St. Mary's Church, in Hampden; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, in Northampton; St. Theresa, in South Hadley; and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, in Springfield.