Vatican clears 91-year-old priest of abuse allegation

Boston Globe

October 13, 2020

By Andrew Stanton

The Vatican has determined that an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against a 91-year-old priest is unsubstantiated, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston said Tuesday.

The Rev. John P. Carroll, who was ordained in 1953, has been on administrative leave since 2005 while the allegation has been investigated, the archdiocese said in a statement. Carroll will remain restricted from ministry and has been given senior priest status, the statement said.

He most recently worked as parochial vicar at Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Quincy from December 1992 to December 2003, according to his assignment history on the archdiocese’s website.

He has also worked in West Newton, Dedham, Lowell, Arlington, Braintree, and Pittsburgh, Pa., according to the archdiocese.

Assignment History

St Agnes Parish
10/12/53 – 04/05/62

No Assignment
04/06/62 – 04/12/62

St Francis of Assisi Parish
04/13/62 – 02/10/63

Lend Lease
St Susanna
Pittsburgh, PA
02/11/63 – 08/31/72

St Margaret Parish
09/01/72 – 04/09/75

No Assignment
04/10/75 – 11/17/75

Associate Pastor
St Mary Parish
11/18/75 – 06/17/86

Parochial Vicar
St Bernard Parish
West Newton
06/18/86 – 06/30/90

No Assignment
07/01/90 – 12/10/92

Parochial Vicar
Most Blessed Sacrament Parish
12/11/92 – 12/02/03

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