Fr. Michael Smith Foster

Ordained: 1980
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Top Canon lawyer in the Archdiocese. Accused in a lawsuit in 8/2002  of sexually abusing a male teenager in the 1980s. Suspended from ministry. After a number of people raised serious doubts about the veracity of the accuser, the plaintiff dropped the case. Cardinal Law first agreed to reinstate Foster, then withdrew. Reinstated in 11/2002. Investigation reviewed in 9/2003. Living in FL as of 6/2007. No restrictions. Included on the Boston archdiocese’s 8/2011 database of accused priests. Status in 8/2022 remains ‘unsubstantiated.’

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