Boston Priest FINALLY Banned from Priesthood Nearly 20 Years After Having Been Accused of Abusing Children

The Archdiocese of Boston announced Friday that a Catholic priest, who was found guilty of sexually abusing a minor by a church panel, has been banned from participating as an active member of the priesthood.

Paul McLaughlin, who served as a pastor for two different Massachusetts parishes from the 1970s until he was placed on administrative leave in 2001, has been “assigned to a life of prayer and penance,” according to the archdiocese website.

The Boston Globe reported in 2003 that three different men accused McLaughlin of sexually abusing them when they were minors. The Globe reported Friday that under the order by the church, McLaughlin will no longer be able to celebrate mass and “may not provide spiritual direction, may not wear clerical attire, and cannot function” as a cleric.

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