Diocese, priest named in abuse lawsuit

Catholic Free Press

October 1, 2020

Bishop McManus announced that the Diocese of Worcester has been named in a lawsuit, along with Father Thomas E. Mahoney, retired priest of the diocese, for abuse of a minor in the 1970s.

The law office of Attorney Carmen Durso is representing “John Doe” as the claimant.

Bishop McManus said, “Because of the serious nature of the allegation, and consistent with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Father Mahoney was notified that I have relieved him of his faculties as a priest.”

“The news of any claim of sexual misconduct with a minor is always shocking,” continued Bishop McManus. “I ask that you keep all victims of abuse in your prayers. I also ask that you keep Father Mahoney in your prayers as the matter is addressed.”

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