Boston Archdiocese Clears Priest Accused Of Sex Abuse

BOSTON (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has cleared a priest who had been accused of sexually abusing a minor decades ago.

Archdiocese officials said in a statement Thursday that a church court found that allegations of child sexual abuse against the Rev. Victor LaVoie were unfounded.

The archdiocese also granted LaVoie senior priest-retirement status.

LaVoie, ordained in 1971, was suspended in July 2002 after church officials determined that an allegation of sexual misconduct that happened more than 20 years prior had enough credibility to warrant an investigation. He was not allowed to perform any public ministry in the church during the suspension.

He was pastor of St. Eulalia in Winchester at the time.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

  • donny

    If I’m ever accused of a crime, I hope my family conducts the investigation. They will be most objective and thorough. I promise.

    • gramps

      Look @ the bright side, they have yet to clear the bobsie twins of covering up the scandel MSSR’s ‘Law & the current Pope’ (bennie was bernies boss)


      • gramps

        VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI is looking into visiting Cuba and Mexico next spring and will make a final decision shortly, the Vatican said Thursday.

  • drewster

    The church superceeds the Police and law now?!

  • Willow

    What in the world is church court? Why aren’t these men prosecuted like any other pedophile when accused?

  • JohnC

    I am not a Catholic. Two of our best friends are. They attend a church in a town south of Boston. Their parish priest was accused by a parishoner of sexual misconduct involving a minor. The priest was suspended. An investigation ensued. Most of his parish felt that the priest had always displayed exemplarly conduct. It was found (after exhaustive investigation) that the priest was innocent of all charges. I will always believe that the accused is innocent until proven guilty.He is back at his job as parish priest. This is as it should be.

    • donny

      “(after exhaustive investigation)”

      Really…by whom?… Fellow priests?… or independent law enforcement professionals who do not have a stake in the accused innocence or guilt?…

      Read the newspapers to see how powerful institutions protect their own and not the innocents…

      Yes, some are falsely accused, but independent investigation should ALWAYS be how one is cleared.

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