Archdiocese of Boston removes monsignor over allegation of sexual abuse


Oct. 25, 2019

The Archdiocese of Boston announced Friday the immediate removal of a pastor who was accused of sexually abusing a child in 2006.

Rev. Msgr. Francis V. Strahan, who was pastor of St. Bridget Parish in Framingham, was placed on administrative leave, archdiocese officials announced. While on leave, the archdiocese said he will not have any public ministry.

“The decision to place Msgr. Strahan on administrative leave represents the Archdiocese’s commitment to the welfare of all parties and does not represent a determination of Msgr. Strahan’s guilt or innocence as it pertains to this allegation,” officials wrote in a statement.

Archdiocese officials said they had informed law enforcement about the allegations.

According to the parish website, the 86-year-old Strahan was appointed as pastor in 1983. Previously, he served on the faculty of St. John’s Seminary College and Theologate.

In addition to being the pastor of a church, Strahan is the vicar of the Framingham Vicariate, a collection of parishes within the archdiocese.

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