NEW ORLEANS (LA)
Dec. 24, 2019
By Ramon Antonio Vargas
A Catholic priest who held a prominent position with the Salesians of Don Bosco before being convicted of raping boys at a Massachusetts camp has been added to a list of clergy who served in the New Orleans area and are suspected of molesting minors.
Richard McCormick was assigned to St. Rosalie Parish in Harvey from 1991 to 1992, two decades after his 1970 ordination, according to the watchdog website bishopaccountability.org.
He’s been accused of sexual molestation and other misconduct during a time period before, as well as after, his time at St. Rosalie. He was added to Archbishop Gregory Aymond’s list of credibly-accused clergy under a section naming priests who served within the Archdiocese of New Orleans and were faced with abuse allegations elsewhere.
Archbishop Aymond in November 2018 first disclosed the names of 57 clergymen in the New Orleans Archdiocese who were removed from ministry over claims of child sex abuse that the local church deemed credible. That roster was issued months after the Catholic Church’s long-running clergy abuse crisis was reignited in the wake of reports exposing numerous undisclosed cases involving priests and other religious personnel across the country.
Aymond’s list has been revised a handful of times. The addition of McCormick brings the number of names to 64.
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