Man sues Archdiocese of Santa Fe, alleging sex abuse by priest

Rev. Michael O’Brien is shown at the San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church in Ranchos de Taos, where he served from from 1980 to 1981. Courtesy The Taos News

An anonymous Taos County man alleges in a lawsuit that he was molested as a child by a priest in Questa some 25 years ago.

He claims the Rev. Michael O’Brien raped him, beginning when he was 10 or 11 years old and continuing until he was 12 or 13.

O’Brien was known for starting the Pilgrimage for Vocations while he was a pastor in Estancia in 1973. The 100-mile walk from Estancia to Chimayó was meant to recruit young men to the priesthood.

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