Fr. Patrick J. Doherty
Diocese: Diocese of Madison WI
Named publicly by the diocese as accused in 9/19 after it received a report of “an incident” over 40 years prior. Diocese to investigate. “Retired” in 1993 due to struggles with alcoholism and “disreputable behaviors with adult men.” No longer living in WI in 9/19. The diocese announced in 1/20 that its Review Board found the allegations credible. Case to be sent to the Vatican. Sentenced to a life of prayer and penance. Added to the diocese’s list of credibly accused 1/17/20. Categorized as having left or been removed from the diocese, in 1993. The diocese announced in 3/20 that it had received a second credible allegation, dating to 45 years prior when he was pastor of a Boscobel parish.
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