BOSTON (CBS) – A Roslindale priest has apologized after attempting to raise a legal defense fund for another priest accused of sexually abusing a child.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Monsignor Francis Kelley of Sacred Heart Church in Roslindale is apologizing for putting an item in the church bulletin urging financial support for Father John Mendicoa.

Kelley issued his apology and promised that it won’t happen again as advocates for children abused by priests went to Sacred Heart to protest.

David Clossey of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests says those who wish to support Mendicoa should do so privately, without any use of church resources.

Mendicoa was placed on leave last year after an accuser came forward with an allegation dating back to the 1980s.

Comments (4)
  1. SS says:

    Figures – they always have their hand out. Did he think of raising money for the child who is now an adult?

  2. snapjudy says:

    Is there any concern or help for the children who were sexually abused?

    The church leaders priorities are a bit screwed up.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511

    (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.
    SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is

  3. clergyvictim says:

    That’s the parish I was assigned to as a Deacon when I was raped! My predecessor as a Deacon is in jail now for abuse; my successor as Deacon was also accused of sexual abuse. My supervisor at Sacred Heart was diagnosed 13 years prior to have a psycho-pathological personality and was still abusing teen aged girls with mental disabilities.

  4. Walter Bargen says:

    His name is Clohessy, not Clossey.