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Cardinal O'Malley to Speak With Priests About Allegations of Abuse in Catholic Church

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    U.S. Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley celebrates Mass in his titular church of Santa Maria alla Vittoria in Rome, Sunday, March 10, 2013. Cardinals from around the world gather this week in a conclave to elect a new pope following the stunning resignation of Benedict XVI. In the secretive world of the Vatican, there is no way to know who is in the running, and history has yielded plenty of surprises. Yet several names have come up time repeatedly as strong contenders for the job. O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, is among those considered to have a credible shot at the papacy. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

    Cardinal Sean O'Malley is expected to speak with Boston-area priests Tuesday about the sexual abuse allegations that have recently come to light against clergy in the Catholic Church.

    O'Malley will meet at St. Julia Parish in Weston, Massachusetts, for a biannual prayer gathering. The meeting is expected to focus on the new revelations of alleged abuse.

    "News of recent days has been difficult for survivors, first and foremost, but also for all Catholics," the Archdiocese of Boston said in a statement.

    Locally, the priests are expected to discuss the allegations of "sexual deviancy" against Monsignor James Moroney at St. John's Seminary in Brighton.

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    Beyond Boston's archdiocese, a grand jury report implicated hundreds of "predator priests" in Pennsylvania, and retired Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was removed from public ministry after he was found to have sexually abused a teenage altar boy.

    Last week, O'Malley said he did not see a letter that was sent to his office in 2015 concerning the allegations against McCarrick.

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