Fr. John M. Sweeney

Order: FPO
Ordained: 1998
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Member of the Franciscans of the Primitive Observance (F.P.O.), which he co-founded. Accused publicly by a 37-year-old woman in 5/19 of sexually abusing her at a leadership retreat when she was a teen in 2000. She said Sweeney would hear her and other teens’ confessions, tell them they were possessed and would perform exorcisms on them. The abuse allegedly occurred during the “exorcisms.” She said friends have told her he abused them as well.


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