Accommodating troubled priests

[See related articles on the documents, Fr. Meffan, Fr. Burns, Fr. Forry, and Bishop D'Arcy, who alone objected to reassigning abusive priests.]

Seven priests accused of sexual molestation or physical assaults remained in the ministry after Archdiocese of Boston officials learned about allegations, according to documents released yesterday. Instead of being punished when allegations arose, offenders were often transferred to new parishes.

Compiled from church documents filed in court by the law firm Greenberg Traurig, and from Archdiocese of Boston directories

Graphic: Globe Staff / James Bennett, David Butler, Matt Carroll, Kathleen Hennrikus