Assignment Record– Rev. Robert F. Daly

Summary of Case: Daly left active ministry in 1984. He was later accused of molesting minors over a 15-year period in the 1970s and 1980s, and he was accused in a 2005 lawsuit of previous child sexual abuse. In June 2011 the Vatican announced Daly's laicization. At the time of the announcement Daly was working as a school psychologist in Kingston, MA; he was placed on leave by school officials who said the news of Daly's laicizaiton and earlier lawsuit was the first they knew there were accusations of abuse against him.

Ordained: 1967
Laicized: 2011

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.
6/24/30 7/31/80 St. Peter's Plymouth MA associate pastor  


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

10/11/84 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.

Daly had been working as a school psychologist in Kingston, MA when his laicization was announced. School district officials placed him on paid leave the day they learned from the news media of the laicization and previous accusations.

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
Archdiocese of Boston Announces Robert F. Daly, John Keane, Robert Knapp and Benjamin Mcmahon Are No Longer in the Clerical State, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, June 13, 2011
Two with Local Ties Among 4 Defrocked Priests, MetroWest Daily News, June 13, 2011
Vatican ousts 4 from clerical state, By John M. Guilfoil, Boston Globe, June 14, 2011
Vatican Defrocks 4 Priests; 3 Served at South Shore Churches, By Lane Lambert, Brockton Enterprise, June 14, 2011
School Psychologist Placed on Leave over Abuse Allegations, By Christian Schiavone, MetroWest Daily News, June 17, 2011
Our Opinion: Time for Church to Honor Transparency Promise, The Patriot Ledger, June 21, 2011
Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online, By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register, August 25, 2011


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