Statement of the Archdiocese of Boston Regarding Father James Power

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston
January 2, 2009

(Boston, Massachusetts) January 2, 2009… The Archdiocese of Boston today made the following statement regarding Father James Power: "The Archdiocese of Boston today announced that two allegations of sexual abuse of a minor by Father James F. Power ('62) have been found to be unsubstantiated. Father Power was placed on administrative leave in February, 2002, after a review of his file revealed he had been the subject of an allegation in 1993. A second allegation was reported to the Archdiocese in October, 2002. Father Power has now been removed from administrative leave and has been assigned the status of Senior Priest.

The complaints against Father Power were found to be unsubstantiated and his ministry, beyond sacramental celebrations with members of his family, will be exercised with the permission of the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Archdiocese of Boston. In reaching this decision, Cardinal Seán O'Malley reaffirmed his concern for all persons impacted by the sad reality of sexual abuse of children by clergy. The Cardinal and the Archdiocese remain committed to resolving cases of this nature in a manner that is as just as possible for all involved."


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