Fr. Patrick J. Walsh

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Order: MSC
Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of San Antonio TX

First named publicly as accused on Little Rock diocese’s 9/10/2018 list. Worked in diocese 1976-1987. Suspended by Order in 2004. Died in 2011. One known victim. Per news in 2/2019, a 60-year-old man told the archdiocese on 2/1/2019 that Walsh abused him 50 years prior, when he was an altar boy at St. Anthony’s in San Antonio TX. (The 1970 Official Catholic Directory, which reflects 1969-1970, confirms that Walsh was there.) He said Walsh would fondle him and give him money repeatedly over a two-year period. He said he confronted Walsh 30 years prior, and that the priest both denied the abuse and asked for forgiveness. On the Covington diocese’s list 7/31/2020; assigned in 1971 to Christ the King in Lexington. On Lexington’s list in 8/2020, noting he was at Lexington Catholic High 1971-1974 and that there are two, possibly three, known victims in Lexington. Walsh would take children to a lake house.

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