Archdiocese names three Taos County priests in list of molesters

Taos News

September 14, 2017

By Cody Hooks,

[Note: See Archbishop Wester’s letter and list.]

At least three Roman Catholic priests who served in Taos County communities in the 1970s and 1980s and were found guilty of sexually abusing children have been publicly named by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

The archdiocese released the list of 74 priests, deacons and brothers Tuesday (Sept. 12). Three of them – Vincent Lipinski, Roger Martinez and Michael O’Brien – served at various points in Taos, Questa and Peñasco.

“The community has known about these allegations for years. The only thing that is different is that names have come out,” said Taos Town Councilor Darien Fernandez. “Hopefully it will answer some of the questions that continue to dog the church and will give some clarity or comfort to the victims.”

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