The Diocese Must Quicken Clergy Sex Abuse Probe [Opinion]

1420 WBSM Radio

January 27, 2020

By Barry Richard

The list of Catholic priests with ties to our area who have been accused of sexual misconduct with minors continues to grow but at a snail’s pace. The Fall River Diocese is clearly making an effort to deal with the problem but must find a way to expedite the process more quickly.

In the last three weeks alone, three retired priests have been suspended by the Diocese due to allegations they sexually molested someone’s kids decades ago. WBSM News reports that Father Herbert T. Nichols, Father James F. Buckley, and Father Edward J. Byington have been suspended by the Diocese “in response to information gathered during an evaluation of priestly personnel files pending further investigation, as required under its policies.” Some of the allegations have been referred for criminal investigation.

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