Cardinal O'Malley expands Boston seminary investigation

Cardinal Sean O’Malley (CNS/Gregory Tracy)

The Boston Archdiocese is expanding its investigation of sexual misconduct from one to all three of its seminaries. Source: Boston Herald.

The archdiocese announced yesterday that along with the investigation into St John’s Seminary, where two former seminarians in August claimed abuse, the probe will also cover Pope St John XXIII National Seminary in Weston and Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Chestnut Hill.

“I have concluded that to meet the generally expected levels of transparency and accountability, it is best to expand the review to include all three seminaries,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, said in a statement.

Cardinal O’Malley did not say if there were any specific allegations that led to the expanded probe, and an archdiocesan spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment.

Two former seminarians wrote Facebook posts two months ago that detailed sexual impropriety they said happened at St John’s. The archdiocese quickly placed Msgr James Moroney, the rector of St John’s Seminary, on sabbatical leave for this semester as the group assembled by Cardinal O’Malley investigated.

Cardinal O’Malley said that in the weeks that followed, “consultations” with various people about the archdiocese and the three seminaries it sponsors, leading him to expand the probe.

Cardinal O’Malley is also concerned about a bishop’s handling of alleged clergy abuse in the Buffalo Diocese and wants the Vatican to step in, Crux reports.

A spokesman for the Boston archdiocese told WKBW-TV in Buffalo that Cardinal O’Malley reviewed reports on Bishop Richard Malone, and he will send the documents to the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States.

“I have shared that information with Cardinal O’Malley who is deeply concerned by the absence of recognition of the abuse experienced by the survivors and the responses or absence of response provided to the survivors,” spokesman Terrence Donilon said in an email to the television station.

“It is the Cardinal’s assessment that the information in your reports should be reviewed by the Church authorities who have oversight and jurisdiction for the action or inaction of diocesan leadership in Buffalo with regard to the reports of abuse.”


Archdiocese expands Boston investigation (Boston Herald)

Cardinal calls on Vatican to investigate Buffalo bishop (Crux)

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