Quincy Priest on Leave Following Sexual Abuse Allegations

Boston Channel
June 13, 2010

BOSTON -- The Archdiocese of Boston announced Sunday that it has placed Rev. Dominic Menna on administrative leave after receiving allegations he may have sexual abused children 50 years ago. Menna is currently a senior priest in residence at St. Mary's Church in Quincy.

The Archdiocese immediately notified law enforcement of the allegations and has initiated a preliminary investigation into the complaints. Menna will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of the preliminary investigation.

The Archdiocese said the decision to place Menna on administrative leave represents its commitment to the safety of all parties and does not represent a determination of Menna's guilt or innocence. The church said it would work to resolve the case as quickly as possible.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley released this statement:

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"I recognize that news of these allegations may be a source of distress for many people," stated Cardinal Seán O'Malley. "My prayers and concern are with all people who are impacted by this matter. I remain committed to doing everything possible to protect our children, to further the healing process and to rebuild trust."

Menna's leave comes the same day dozens of protesters took to the sidewalks outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston to voice their opinions on Cardinal Bernard Law. He resigned as Boston's archbishop in 2003 following the clergy sex abuse crisis.

Protesters said they wanted to remind church goers that there was something wrong about Law being allowed to maintain his position with the Vatican.

"The shame of Bernard Law being rewarded for concealing crimes will end."

Their peaceful protest fell on compassionate ears.

"My heart goes out for people who have been hurt," said parishioner Maria Plante. "But we have to be strong and work together to survive."

The Archdiocese said it would continue to make counseling and other services available to survivors, their families and parishes impacted by clergy sexual abuse through its Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach.

Meanwhile, the Rev. David Callahan, pastor of St. Mary's, would make arrangements for the ongoing pastoral care of the church. A meeting at the church will be held for parishioners on Wednesday at 7 p.m.


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