Lawyer for Cleric Seeks an Alleged Victim's Counseling Records

By Ralph Ranalli
Boston Globe [Boston MA]
August 6, 2003

While the Archdiocese of Boston has dropped efforts to obtain information from church counselors who have aided victims of sexual abuse, not all Catholic clergy are apparently following Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley's lead.

A lawyer for the Waltham-based Stigmatine Fathers and Brothers yesterday asked a Middlesex Superior Court judge to order that an alleged abuse victim, Donald P. Smith, turn over records of counseling he received from a nun in the mid-1990s.

Smith has sued the Rev. Joseph Fellin, a onetime high ranking Stigmatine priest, in connection with sexual abuse he allegedly suffered at the hands of the Rev. Richard J. Ahearn, who is now dead.

Smith's lawsuit alleges that Fellin knew about the abuse -- even walking into the same room in the rectory of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Pittsfield while Ahearn was molesting Smith -- but did nothing to stop it.


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