Cleared Priest Faces New Abuse Allegations

Boston Channel
September 8, 2010

A Catholic priest cleared of previous allegations of child sexual abuse is facing new accusations and has been restricted from public ministry.

The Rev. Thomas Curran is accused in connection with the alleged abuse of minors in the 1970s and 1980s, according to the Archdiocese of Boston. The archdiocese said it had "immediately notified local authorities."

From 2002 to 2007, Curran was on administrative leave for previous allegations of sexual abuse, but a canonical process concluded that the complaints were unsubstantiated.

Curran was assigned the status of permanent disability, with his ministry restricted to sacramental celebrations with members of his family. Pending further proceedings, the archdiocese said Curran is restricted from any ministry, including ministry with his family.

"It is with great sadness that we announce these additional allegations of sexual abuse," said Cardinal Sean O'Malley. "As new information and accusations emerge, we again experience the painful reality of this crisis. While this news is difficult and troubling for us all to receive, it underscores the importance of our ongoing efforts to diligently respond to allegations and strengthens our ardent commitment to safeguard children."

O'Malley urged anyone in need of assistance to contact the Archdiocese Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach.


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