Assignment Record– Rev. Charles J. Murphy
Summary of Case: Murphy was first accused in a 2004 lawsuit of sexually inappropriate behavior in the 1970s toward a 14-year-old female student at the Boston School for the Deaf, where he was the Director of Counseling. He was removed from ministry and unassigned for two years, then reinstated in 2006 when the archdiocese deemed the accusation to be without merit. He was suspended a second time in April 2010 when an accusation surfaced that he had sexually abused a boy over a period of a year in the early 1970s. Murphy was returned to Senior Priest status in September 2010, after the Archdiocesan Review Board deemed the more recent accusations unsubstantiated. He died the following June.
Died: June 11, 2011
Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).
|1964||St. Bridget's||Maynard||MA||3/3, 2/3|
|1959||1961||Lake Boone (summer only)||Stowe and Hudson||MA||This was a station of St. Bridget's in Maynard.|
|1964||1969||Our Lady of Lourdes||Revere||MA||2/3, 3/3|
Cushing was succeeded by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).
• Accused in March 2010 of having sexually abused a 14 to 15-year-old boy in the 1970s. The boy was a St. Agatha parishioner. Incidents are said to have occurred inside a church or rectory bathroom, at Paragon Park in Hull, MA, and on a bus trip to a ski resort. (The Weymouth News
|MA||Although the Directories index Murphy as at St. Agatha's through 1977, news reports indicate he left there in the early 1970s. (The Patriot Ledger [Weymouth MA]
April 12, 2006)
|1970s||Boston School for the Deaf||
• Murphy was accused in a May 2004 lawsuit of having exhibited "sexually offensive" behavior toward a female student while at this school. (Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA)
|MA||director of counseling||
This assignment is per news reports. (Catholic Online
Murphy was hearing impaired.
He was director of counseling at this school for nearly 20 years. (The Patriot Ledger [Weymouth MA]
Thirty-one former students claimed that they were physically and sexually abused at the school by nuns between 1944 and 1977. In addition to Murphy, Rev. Thomas V. Daily, was named in the lawsuit because he was Murphy's surpervisor at he school. Daily went on to become bishop of the Brooklyn, NY, diocese. (Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA)
Medeiros was replaced by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).
|1985||Murphy is not indexed in the 1978-1982 Directories.|
|1985||1986||Corpus Christi||Newton||MA||3/3||Listed as Rev. Charles Murphy, with no middle initial.|
|1986||1995||Murphy is not indexed in the 1987-1995 Directories.|
|Norfolk State Prison||MA||part time chaplain||This assignment is per news reports.|
Sean Patrick O'Malley followed Law as archbishop (2003- ).
|2004||St. Francis Xavier||Weymouth||MA||
3/3, 2/2, 4/4
apostolate for the deaf
|Parish had a school with 172 students.|
Murphy is not indexed in the 2004 Directory.
Murphy was suspended in August 2004 due to the accusation that he watched teenage girls undress at the Boston School for the Deaf in the 1970s. (Boston Herald
|2006||April 2010||St. Francis Xavier||Weymouth||MA||4/4, 3/3||
Parish had a school with 471 students, and a religious education program with 471 students.
Murphy was reinstated at St. Francis Xavier in April 2006 after the archdiocese determined that the accusations were without merit. The accuser did not back down from her claims. (The Patriot Ledger [Weymouth MA]
|April 2010||Sept. 2010||Administrative Leave||Murphy stepped down from his post at St. Francis in April 2010, due to an accusation that he had sexually abused a boy over the course of a year in the early 1970s. (Boston Globe
April 3, 2010)
|Sept. 2010||June 2011||Senior Priest||Boston||MA||
The archdiocesan review board deemed the more recent allegations "unsubstantiated," and Murphy was again reinstated, in September 2010. (Patriot Ledger
Murphy's health declined and he moved into the Regina Cleri home for retired priests. He died June 11, 2011.
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1960-2009)
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This assignment record was last updated on Feb. 22, 2012.