Victims Call Church Abuse Report 'Absurd'

Boston Herald [Boston MA]
February 26, 2004

Victims of clergy sex abuse are reacting angrily to a Boston Archdiocese report showing that 162 of its priests have been accused of molesting 815 minors since 1950.

Victims and their lawyers say the numbers of priests and victims are much, much higher.

Alexa MacPherson of Boston calls the report "absolutely absurd," and claims the archdiocese is trying to sweep away the problem.

Methuen resident John King points to an earlier estimate by Attorney General Tom Reilly that priests and other church workers in the archdiocese had likely molested more than one-thousand people from 1940 to 2000.

Victims' attorney Mitchell Garabedian says today's report is "insulting to victims everywhere."

Garabedian says he's disappointed in Archbishop Sean O'Malley.

O'Malley replaced Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned in December 2002 amid criticism of his handling of the sex abuse crisis.