Archdiocese: Abusive Priests With Ireland Ties Worked In Boston

January 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Archdiocese: Abusive Priests With Ireland Ties Worked In Boston By DEBORAH BECKER 1/27/10 BOSTON — For the first time, the Boston Archdiocese has confirmed that some abusive priests with ties to Ireland worked in Boston. An Irish government report last year outlined rampant clergy sex abuse in Ireland,  but the Boston Archdiocese has never before acknowledged that any of those priests worked here….Last month, BishopAccountability.org published a list of about 70 priests it said were either born in Ireland or are of Irish descent and who re-offended children in the U.S. The late priest Brendan Smyth was accused of molesting children in Ireland, Britain, North Dakota and Rhode Island. http://www.wbur.org/2010/01/27/irish-priests

Irish Priests Who Have Worked in the United States and Are Accused of Sexual Misconduct – The Catholic sexual abuse crises in the United States and Ireland are deeply connected. Priests who were trained in the Irish seminary system were crucial to the growth of the U.S. church. Many Irish-born priests, including one bishop, are sadly among the priests accused of abuse in the United States. Some priests who offended in Ireland were transferred to the United States, and priests accused of abuse in the United States have sometimes found shelter in Ireland. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/irish_priests_in_us/

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