LOS ANGELES — The Rev. Martin L. Quinn, a Catholic priest at the Los Angeles Archdiocese, made some fun references to a Catholic newspaper’s article about him and his fellow parishioners who are suing him for allegedly defrauding them of nearly $2 million.
The Catholic newspaper, L.A. Times, published an article on Sept. 17 that said Quinn, who is in his 60s, used a sham company to make $50,000 in sales by pretending to be a priest and selling a line of pants.
He also claimed he had $7 million in stock options that he then used to pay for personal expenses, according to the article.
Quinn is the founder of The Irish Catholic Painsons, a clothing company based in South Africa that Quinn claims is his sole source of income.
The L.S.A.-based newspaper reported that the group has about 100 members in a New Jersey building, and the group was paying Quinn $3,000 a month.
Quigg is also the owner of The Quiggle Family, a shoe company based on the Quigg family motto “Live Like A Man.”
The Quigg Family is owned by his wife, Mary, and is part of Quinn’s portfolio, the article said.
In an interview with ABC News, Quinn denied the allegations, which he called a “smear.”
Quinn said he was shocked and disappointed to see the article, which had been published in the newspaper.
He said he does not recall making any such remarks.
He said that he has a long history of having fun with his parishioner’s stories, which includes making them fun.
I was just trying to make it funny,” Quinn said.
Quinlan has denied all charges.”
He’s been a faithful member of our parish for over 70 years, and I’ve done everything I can to support him in that work,” Quinn told ABC News.
Quizz said he’s not surprised to see news coverage of his church’s case, which has gained traction in recent years after a number of clergy abuse cases, including the death of former Bishop Gerald L. McConkie in South Carolina, have gained national attention.
McConkie was accused of sexually abusing dozens of young boys and men, but was acquitted by a jury in 1986.
McConnell, who died in 2015, was the first archbishop to be charged with a sexual abuse allegation, but his case has since been settled.
Quanning also said the newspaper article was false.
He added that the Quiggle’s business is in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.ABC News’ Matthew Seabrook contributed to this report.