Maine Bishop to Meet with Mother of Abuse Victim

By Associated Press, carried in Maine Today
January 30, 2009

PORTLAND -- Maine's Roman Catholic bishop has reversed his previous stance and agreed to meet with a Boothbay Harbor woman who reported that her son was sexually abused by a priest more than a quarter century ago.

Bishop Richard Malone has come under criticism for his refusal to meet with Marie Tupper. Malone noted at the time that his predecessor, Bishop Joseph Gerry, had met with Tupper a few years ago and she was offered a meeting with other diocesan officials to respond to specific questions.

The accused priest, the Rev. Thomas Lee, was removed from ministry five years ago.

In a statement today, the diocese said Malone is offering a pastoral meeting with Tupper in hopes it will bring genuine healing. No date has been set for the private meeting.


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