|Quincy Priest Suspended for Sexual Abuse Allegations Dating Back 50 Years
June 13, 2010
QUINCY — A long-time priest has been suspended by the Boston archdiocese, a move precipitated by allegations that he sexual abused children about 50 years ago.
Rev. F. Dominic Menna, a senior priest-in-residence at St. Mary's Church in Quincy, was placed on administrative leave Sunday, the archdiocese said in a press release.
The archdiocese said that it has notified law enforcement authorities after receiving word of the complaints, as well as opened its own preliminary investigation.
"I recognize that news of these allegations may be a source of distress for many people," said Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley in the 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."
Rev. David Callahan is the current pastor at St. Mary's. The archdiocese said it is working with him and others "for the ongoing pastoral care of the parish community," according to the press release.
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