We are glad that Fr. Patrick McCabe has received prison time for abusing two 13-year-old boys in the 1970s. We are especially grateful that McCabe was not let off the hook because of his advanced age. Children are always safer when predators are behind bars, whether that predator is 20 or 80.
While the crimes for which Fr. McCabe was sentenced for relate to his time in Dublin, we know that he also spent time in the dioceses of Stockton, Sacramento, and Santa Rosa. We also know that he has been known to have abused children since at least 1988, when he was removed from the Diocese of Santa Rosa for making children sit on his lap during confession.
We urge church officials at each of these dioceses to reach out to their flocks and encourage anyone who may have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at the hands of Fr. McCabe to come forward immediately to police.