West Quincy Priest on Leave Amid Sex-abuse Allegations

By Renee Dudley
Boston Herald
June 14, 2010

A priest from St. Mary’s Church in West Quincy is on administrative leave amid allegations that he sexually abused children about five decades ago, the Archdiocese of Boston announced yesterday.

Rev. F. Dominic Menna, a senior priest at the parish, could not be reached yesterday.

The archdiocese said in a statement that Menna would remain on leave pending the outcome of a preliminary investigation it is conducting. Archdiocese officials “immediately notified law enforcement of the allegations,” according to the statement.

The nature and identity of the victims of the alleged abuse were not released.

“The decision to place Fr. Menna on administrative leave represents the Archdiocese’s commitment to the safety of all parties and does not represent a determination of Fr. Menna’s guilt or innocence as it pertains to these allegations,” according to the statement. “The Archdiocese will work to resolve this case as expeditiously as possible and in a manner that is fair to all parties.”

Cardinal Sean O’Malley reaffirmed his committment to victims yesterday.

“I recognize that news of these allegations may be a source of distress for many people,” he said in a statement. “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.”


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