Springfield Diocese Adds New Name to Allegations Listing

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has issued a quarterly update to the online listing of "Finding of Credibility of Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor."
 
The update is part of the diocese's commitment to provide regular communications regarding safe environment efforts.
 
Effective Monday, Nov. 29,  the name of the late Rev. Joseph P. Quinlan has been added to the online list based on a credible finding by the diocesan Review Board. Quinlan was ordained in 1971 and died in 1989. The abuse reported in this allegation dates back to 1974 and involved a minor.
 
Quinlan’s full assignment listing can be found here. They appear to be mainly in the Springfield area. 
 
An allegation being found credible does not mean a finding of guilt and because he was deceased when the allegation was brought forward, Quinlan was unable to respond to this allegation. Nonetheless, the Review Board carefully reviewed this allegation, including a report issued by the diocesan investigative team, and found this allegation to be credible.
 
The diocese encourages anyone who has information on misconduct to report this directly to law enforcement as well as to the Office of Safe Environment and Victim Assistance at 413-452-0624, via the hotline at 1-800 842-9055, or by email to reportabuse@diospringfield.org.

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