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Boston Archdiocese Expands Seminary Misconduct Investigation to 2 Other Seminaries

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    Investigation Into St. John's Seminary

    An article posted online from ex-seminarian John Monaco has led to an inquiry at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton. Monaco writes of “sexual deviancy and improper conduct” at the seminary, including excessive drinking.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 10, 2018)

    Boston's Catholic Archdiocese has hired a law firm and a former U.S. attorney to lead an investigation into three Boston-area seminaries run by the archdiocese following abuse allegations related to one of them.

    Cardinal Sean O'Malley announced the decision to expand the investigation into St. John Seminary in Boston's Brighton neighborhood to two others -- Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston and Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Chestnut Hill -- on Thursday afternoon in a lengthy statement.

    "I have concluded that to meet the generally expected levels of transparency and accountability, it is best to expand the review to include all three seminaries," O'Malley said, who added that each member of the original committee also had some kind of connection to St. John's Seminary.

    The law firm of Yurko, Salvesen & Remz was appointed to conduct the new review, which will be led by Donald K. Stern, who served as Massachusetts' U.S. attorney from 1993 to 2001.

    Grandmother Stabbed Baby Girl, Burned Her in Oven: Police

    [NATL] Grandmother Stabbed Baby Girl, Burned Her in Oven: Police

    Police say a 20-month-old was stabbed to death, then burned in an oven in a home in Shaw, Mississippi. The toddler's 48-year-old grandmother, Carolyn Jones, was charged with first-degree murder and is being held on a $500,000 bond.

    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018)

    An inquiry into allegations of "sexual deviancy and improper conduct" at St. John's Seminary was launched in August after a former seminarian wrote about his experiences involving inappropriate sexual behavior and excessive drinking at the seminary.

    "Since the expanded investigation authorized by the Archdiocese of Boston is not truly independent, many clergy sexual abuse victims feel the investigation will be unfair and biased," Mitchell Garabedian, an attorney who has represented many clergy sex abuse victims, said in a statement. "History has taught us that the Archdiocese of Boston is incapable of having itself fairly investigated by an entity the Archdiocese of Boston has hired to conduct the investigation."

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