Ex-Cambridge Clerics Named in Abuse Suit

By Robin Washington
Boston Herald
February 6, 2004

Two priests who served at Cambridge's St. Paul's Parish were named in a sexual abuse suit filed in Suffolk Superior Court yesterday.

The Revs. Joseph Fratic, currently of Arlington's St. Jerome's Parish, and Paul W. Hurley, who is awaiting trial in Middlesex Court on child rape charges at another Cambridge church, were named by a 38-year-old man who claims that in 1979 Hurley lured him to his home, where Fratic molested him.

"Father Hurley provided alcohol and pornography to Plaintiff," states the suit filed by attorney Mitchell Garabedian. "At (Hurley's) house, (Fratic) engaged in explicit sexual behavior."

Garabedian said the complaint included a single abuse allegation, but "in terms of the alcohol, I believe more than one."

Archdiocese of Boston spokesman the Rev. Christopher Coyne did not return calls seeking comment. Calls to St. Jerome's were not returned.

In the 1970s, Hurley and Fratic served at St. Paul's in expanding the "complex parish ministry," including to Harvard students, the parish Web site states.

Fratic, who was ordained in 1964, has not previously been publicly accused. He also served at Dover's Most Precious Blood Parish and spent 2000 on sabbatical at Belgium's Catholic University of Louvain, records show.


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