Fr. Hugh Clarke

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Died: 12/16/2002
Diocese: Diocese of Corpus Christi TX

Monsignor. Ordained in Ireland. Arrived in Corpus Christi diocese in 1968, incardinated in 1975. Suit filed in 4/2010 alleged Clarke molested three altar boys 1972-1975 while assigned to Christ the King in Corpus Christi. He would frequently drive through the low-income housing near the parish and pick up altar boys to help him do projects at the church. Some of the abuse occurred during these “projects.” Documents show allegations of child sexual abuse in the mid-1980s, and that he would take three teens to Mexico where there was sexual abuse, drugs, alcohol and visits to brothels. Sent to treatment at Renewal, Rest and Re-Creation in Alexandria VA, diagnosed with pedophilia, then returned to ministry. Later elevated to monsignor. Retired in 1997 and moved to Ireland, where he died 12/16/2002. Suit settled for $1.2M 7/12/2011. On Corpus Christi diocese’s list 1/31/2019. Added to Raleigh diocese’s list on 5/29/2019; arrived in the US as a Carmelite priest in 1965 and assigned to Immaculate Conception in Hendersonville NC, now in the Charlotte diocese. Added to the Charlotte diocese’s list in 2/2020.

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