Catholic Priest

Patrick Joseph McCabe

Ordained: 1961

In 2010, Patrick Joseph McCabe was extradited to Ireland to face charges that he molested six boys there throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. When allegations of his sexual misconduct began to surface in 1982, McCabe was sent to Jemez Springs, a treatment center for troubled priests in New Mexico, and he was prescribed a drug thought to curb sexual urges. In 1983, McCabe was transferred to St. Bernard’s Parish in Eureka, CA. When allegations began to arise there, McCabe was transferred to St. Elizabeth in Guerneville, CA. McCabe was laicized in 1988 after having being sent to and from Ireland and the United States amid allegations of molestation in both countries. Irish Judge Yvonne Murphy’s 2009 “Murphy Report” on sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin devoted a chapter to the allegations against McCabe, his treatment, and his transfer to the United States. During McCabe’s extradition process in 2010, several men that he abused when they were boys came forward with allegations of sexual abuse occurring during his tenure at St. Bernard’s.