Bos­ton dio­cese ex­pends abuse probe

Pawtucket Times - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

BOS­TON (AP) — The Ro­man Catholic Arch­dio­cese of Bos­ton is ex­pand­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions at one of its sem­i­nar­ies to all three and bring­ing in in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Car­di­nal Sean O’Mal­ley an­nounced Thurs­day he is ex­pand­ing the re­view to meet “the gen­er­ally ex­pected lev­els of trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity.”

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan in Au­gust when two former sem­i­nar­i­ans at St. John’s Sem­i­nary in Brighton posted accounts on so­cial me­dia of wit­ness­ing and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ac­tiv­i­ties “di­rectly con­trary to the moral stan­dards and re­quire­ments of for­ma­tion for the Catholic priest­hood.”

That in­ves­ti­ga­tion now cov­ers Pope St. John XXIII Na­tional Sem­i­nary in We­ston and Redemp­toris Mater Sem­i­nary in Brook­line. Former U.S. At­tor­ney Don­ald Stern will lead the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

O’Mal­ley is Pope Francis’ top ad­viser on sex abuse. Bos­ton was the epi­cen­ter of the priest abuse scan­dal.

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