Fr. James T. McDonald

Ordained: 1953
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

A woman complained in 1993 about abuse by McDonald when she was 14. In 1994 a woman said she was abused by McDonald when she was age 10. He was removed from active ministry in 1994. Personnel file released in 2/03 contained allegations that he had abused several girls. He admitted abuse of 4-5 girls. Another woman complained in 1996 about abuse 1965-66; in 1997 McDonald wrote a letter of apology. The archdiocese did not give it to the woman until 2003. She settled for $35K. McDonald retired in 1996 and died in 1999; Cardinal Law officiated at his funeral. See 8/11 Boston AD database of accused priests.


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