Fr. Paul E. McDonald

Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Personnel file released in 12/02 contained allegations by several men who said they were abused as children by McDonald in the early to mid-1960s, at St Joseph’s in Hyde Park. One said he was repeatedly molested by McDonald for five years, beginning when he was age 10, during outings to the Blue Hills. The abuse included oral rape. Another victim stated that McDonald befriended his family after a house fire killed two of the boy’s brothers, and then molested him and his cousin over a period of two years. McDonald took a one-year leave of absence in 1976 and soon left the priesthood to marry. Accused of abuse of one boy in the 1960s in civil suit that settled in 2001. Voluntarily laicized in 2005. The Boston archdiocese list in 8/11 says case concluded canonically.

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