Fr. Maurice Souza

Ordained: 1939
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Fall River MA

Fall River diocese says it first learned of allegations against Souza in 2012. Plaintiff’s attorney said he attempted to settle in mediation but efforts fell through. Civil suit filed 1/4/14 in CT accused Souza of abusing two boy, ages 9-17 while assigned to St. Anthony’s in East Falmouth 1977-86. He also allegedly would take the boys to various areas of MA and CT for athletic events and abuse them there. Died in 1996 at age 83. Suit also names former Fall River Bishop Cronin for his failure to properly supervise Souza. Suit was not made public until 5/12/14. Settled 1/19. Included on the diocese’s list of accused in 1/21 (as Maurice de Souza).

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