FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in Massachusetts has been placed on leave by the Archdiocese of Boston because of an allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor.

The archdiocese in a statement Friday said Monsignor Francis V. Strahan cannot perform any public ministry while on administrative leave.

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Strahan has been the pastor of St. Bridget Parish in Framingham since 1983. A voicemail was left for Strahan at St. Bridget.

The archdiocese says the allegation of abuse dates to about 2006.

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The archdiocese says it has informed law enforcement of the allegation and has initiated its own investigation into the complaint.

In addition to being the pastor of a church, Strahan is the vicar of the Framingham Vicariate, a collection of parishes within the archdiocese.

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