Fr. Martin J. Walsh

Ordained: 1974
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Accusation late 1997 of abuse of a 14-year-old boy and possibly others in about 1975. Walsh denied abuse but admitted to ongoing alcohol problems. Per an 11/03 memo, Walsh was on permanent disability as of 2002 but had asked to return to duty. File outlines his problems from 1981 through 2003. Cardinal Law told Walsh he was restricted in 11/02, but didn’t follow through, so Walsh was not really restricted. Per the 8/11 Boston AD database, the Review Board found the accusations could not be substantiated. Died in 6/07, age 58. Included on Attorney Garabedian’s list 3/28/16 of accused clerics named in civil claims resulting in settlements or arbitration awards. Settlement in 12/04 with archdiocese regarding alleged abuse in 1975 at a Waltham parish.


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