Priest formerly assigned to Eastern Shore church among latest names on clergy abuse list

Delmarva Now/The Daily Times [Salisbury MD]

July 21, 2021

By Rose Velazquez, Salisbury Daily Times

Patrick Francis Quinn died in 1995. The allegation of abuse was made after his death.

Among the latest names added to the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy with credible sex abuse allegations is a priest whose parish assignments included an Eastern Shore of Virginia church.

The diocese has published the list on its website since February 2019, and there have since been 23 priests named who “have a credible and substantiated allegation of sexual abuse involving a minor.”

Friday’s update to the list included three deceased priests and one who has not served in active ministry since 2006. Patrick Franics Quinn, who was at one point assigned to a Northampton County church, was one of those named.

Quinn was born in 1900, ordained in 1964 and died in 1995, according to the diocese. He was assigned to the following churches throughout the diocese:

  • Christ the King, Norfolk.
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Norfolk.
  • Saint Joseph, Petersburg.
  • Saint Charles, Cape Charles.

“The allegations brought forward by the victim survivors date back decades,” the diocese said in a Friday statement about the four names added to the list.

The diocese said the abuse allegation involving Quinn was made after his death.

A spokesperson for the diocese declined to comment on what years Quinn served at each of the above parishes or with which parish the allegation against him was associated.

“Out of respect for the privacy of the victim survivors of abuse, we are not providing information that may be identifiable to them,” a diocese statement said.