A final decision
from the Holy See has determined that Anthony Buchette, Joseph Crowley,
Paul Finegan, Thomas Forry, Robert Morrisette, Frederick Ryan, Ernest
Tourigney and Patrick Tague will now cease to receive any financial
support from the Archdiocese and can no longer publicly exercise their
priestly authority in the Church.
In a statement,
Archbishop Sean O’Malley said that "During these days of Lent we are
called in a particular way to repentance and conversion…With this
Lenten call in mind, this moment provides an opportunity to express to
the survivors of clergy sexual abuse and to their families my deepest
sorrow for the grievous harm done to them.”
He said that
“The violations of childhood innocence, under the guise of priestly
care, are a source of profound shame,” adding his hope that “that the
emotional, physical, and spiritual wounds carried by survivors will be
healed and their trust renewed.”
who will become a cardinal on Friday, pledged the “on-going commitment
of the Archdiocese to accompany those who have been abused in their
Although the 8
men have been removed from the clerical state, they are still permitted
to offer absolution to the dying in cases of extreme circumstance.
.- The Archdiocese of Boston announced yesterday that 8 priests who were
charged with sexual abuse have now been removed from the clerical state.