Charges against Priest Ruled Unsubstantiated

By Derek Anderson
Boston Globe
August 11, 2012

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston said Friday that a local priest was assigned to senior priest status with restrictions after charges against him of sexual abuse of a minor were ruled “unsubstantiated.” The Rev. John E. McLaughlin was placed on administrative leave in 2005 after a report of alleged sexual abuse in the 1980s. The new restrictions involve the priest’s ministry only being exercised with permission of an oversight unit of the archdiocese, with the exception of “sacramental celebrations with members of his family,” a statement from the archdiocese said.

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