Late priest added to Albany diocese’s offenders list

Times Union

October 16, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Rev. Cabell B. Marbury spent most career at Cardinal McCloskey Memorial High School and Bishop Maginn High School

A priest who spent most of his 50-year career in the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese working in high schools and was investigated for sexual abuse of minors at least three times has been added to the diocese’s official list of sex offenders, according to an announcement released Friday.

The Rev. Cabell B. Marbury, who died in 2014 at age 81, served most of his priesthood at Cardinal McCloskey Memorial High School and Bishop Maginn High School in Albany, beginning in 1964, the diocese said. His posts included teaching theology, bandleader, theater director, guidance counselor and director of guidance, and vice principal. He stayed at the school as volunteer chaplain and member of the school board after his 2009 retirement, according to the announcement. He also served as assistant pastor at three area parishes in the 1960s and was affiliated with others on a lesser level over the decades.

The investigation that led to Marbury being named to the offenders list began with a 2019 complaint that revived an abuse claim first made against Marbury in 1993, according to the diocese, which did not provide details. The original allegation resulted in an “agreement for counseling assistance,” the diocese said. A Diocesan Review Board investigation of an abuse allegation made against Marbury in 2003 found “no reasonable ground” to substantiate the claim, and the board had “insufficient information to make a decision” in a 2015 case, the diocese said.

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