Council Backs Name Change

By Matthew Stone
Kennebec Journal
July 22, 2008

AUGUSTA — A push to rename the city's Father John J. Curran Bridge gained momentum Monday night, as city councilors unanimously backed a resolution urging legislators to rename the downtown bridge.

The issue could next see life in the state Capitol, where legislators have the power to authorize a name change for the bridge.

The Augusta Council's endorsement of the resolution Monday night followed an emotion-filled discussion in the council chambers in which an alleged survivor of sexual abuse by the Rev. John Curran urged councilors to call for removing the late priest's name from the bridge. The discussion also featured a handful of residents who fondly recalled Curran as a priest who worked tirelessly for his community. ...

Robert Dupuis told councilors of suffering sexual abuse by Curran in 1961, when he was a 12-year-old altar server in Old Town.


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