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Richmond Diocese Adds Four Names to Clergy List

For Immediate Release: July 16, 2021

Richmond Diocese Adds Four Names to Clergy List

Clergy List First Publicized in 2019

(RICHMOND, Va.) – The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has added four names to its list of clergy against whom a credible and substantiated claim of sexual abuse involving a minor has been made. Of the four priests’ names added, three are deceased and the fourth, Father Joseph Slowik, has not served in active priestly ministry since 2006. The allegations brought forward by the victim survivors date back decades.

The names were added after allegations were received and a review was completed in consultation with the diocesan Office of Safe Environment and the Diocesan Review Board. The additional names, along with assignment histories and status, can be found on the Richmond Diocese website: https://richmonddiocese.org/list/.

The new names added are listed below:

 

Name Status Affiliation
Robert D. Beattie Deceased Priest of the Diocese of Richmond
Leo Creamer Deceased Priest Ordained in Diocese of Richmond later Incardinated in the Diocese of Arlington
Patrick F. Quinn Deceased Priest of the Diocese of Richmond
Joseph Slowik Suspended

Priest of the Diocese of Richmond

Civil authorities were notified of the allegations.

In keeping with its pledge to help victim survivors in their healing, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond remains committed to protecting the privacy of all victim survivors. As with the diocese’s previous announcements regarding its list, the diocese will not release specific details regarding the abuses out of respect for the privacy of victim survivors.

The Diocese of Richmond urges individuals who have been sexually abused by a priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer of the diocese to report abuse directly to law enforcement, including Child Protective Services (CPS) at 1-800-552-7096 and by calling the Virginia Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064.

Individuals are also encouraged to contact the 24-hour confidential Victim Assistance Reporting (VAC) number at 1-877-887-9603 or email vac@richmonddiocese.org to report sexual abuse.

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