Rev. Robert F. Daly

Summary of Case: Daly has been accused of molesting minors over a 15 year period in the 1970s and 1980s. He left active ministry in 1984, and was named as perpetrator of child sexual abuse in a 2005 lawsuit. Daly was defrocked by the Vatican in June 2011.

Ordained: 1967

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970)

1968 St. Jerome's North Weymouth
MA 4/4 Parish had a school with 192 boys and 182 girls.
1968 1969 St. Mary's Charlestown
MA 3/3 Parish had a school with 226 boys and 227 girls.


Cushing was succeeded by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983)

1980 St. Patrick's


After he left active ministry in 1984, Daly was accused of molesting minors over a 15 year period in the 1970s and 1980s.

MA 4/4,3/3,3/4,3/5,2/4 Parish had a school from 1969-1972 with 151-97 boys and 175-85 girls.


Bernard Francis Law followed Medeiros as Boston archbishop (1984-2002)

1984 St. Anne's

Readville (Boston)

After he left active ministry in 1984, Daly was accused of molesting minors over a 15 year period in the 1970s and 1980s.

MA 2/3 Parish had a school 279 students.
1984 1986 Absent on leave       Daly is not indexed beyond the 1986 Directory.


Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. replaced Law


Daly was accused of child sexual abuse in a 2005 lawsuit. He was known at the time to have been living in Plymouth, MA.

In June 2011 the archdiocese announced that Daly was removed by the Vatican from the clerical state. He had voluntarily left the priesthood in the 1980s.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1968-1986).

Some Priest Abuse Claims Remain Open, By Sue Reinert, Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA), March 8, 2005
Vatican ousts 4 from clerical state, By John M. Guilfoil, Globe Staff / June 14, 2011

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This assignment record was last updated on June 14, 2011


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