sex abuse

Providence Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin says he will not release the names of all of the priests who have been investigated for child sex abuse.  Tobin was responding to a call from the group Bishopaccountability.org for greater transparency.  

The Roman Catholic watchdog group BishopAccountability.org is calling for greater transparency from the Diocese of Providence. The call comes as a second priest in two months is forced to resign for an allegation of child sexual abuse. 

Monsignor John Allard has been forced to resign as pastor of St. Agatha and Precious Blood parishes in Woonsocket. The diocese of Providence says it received a credible allegation of child sexual abuse against Allard dating back more than 30 years. The priest has accepted responsibility and expressed remorse, according to the Diocese.

Another Roman Catholic priest has been sidelined by a child sexual abuse allegation.  The priest has accepted responsibility for his actions.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence says Monsignor John Allard of Woonsocket has been forced to resign the pastor of St. Agatha and Precious Blood parishes because of a child sex abuse allegation that dates back more than 30 years.

The diocese says Allard accepted responsibility for his actions when confronted. He has expressed remorse for the harm he has caused and has moved out of the rectory. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Feb 15, 2013

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St. Timothy Church in Warwick
Flo Jonic

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Mass was celebrated Sunday at St. Timothy Church in Warwick but a familiar face wasn’t there.  The pastor, Father Barry Meehan, was forced to resign over sex abuse allegations dating back more than 25 years.

Most parishioners of St. Timothy’s Church didn’t want to comment on the resignation of their pastor, Father Barry Meehan.