Archdiocese clears priest of abuse charge

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The Boston Globe

May 01, 2012

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston said it has determined that a child sexual abuse allegation against a Roslindale priest was unsubstantiated. The archdiocese said Monday that the allegation, dating to the 1980s, was made against the Rev. John M. Mendicoa of Sacred Heart Parish in August. Mendicoa has now been taken off administrative leave and assigned the status of senior priest, restricted, the archdiocese said. Mendicoa is retired, a church spokeswoman said. “In reaching this decision, Cardinal Sean O’Malley reaffirmed his care and concern for all persons impacted by the reality of sexual abuse of children,’’ the archdiocese said in a statement. Terry McKiernan, codirector of BishopAccountability.org, said, “I think our concern with this case and with all the cases that are reviewed by the archdiocese . . . [is that] we don’t know anything about how they reached this determination.’’

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