Review Board

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The Review Board is a confidential advisory committee that advises the Cardinal in the assessment of complaints of child sexual abuse by a cleric and in his determination of the suitability of an accused cleric for ministry. The Board may offer advice on all aspects of these cases, however the role of the Review Board is not investigatory; the Review Board reviews investigations which have been conducted by the Delegate for Investigations (an Archdiocesan office comprised of professional investigators.)

In 2009, the Archdiocese combined the work of the Implementation and Oversight Advisory Committee and the Review Board into a single newly constituted Review Board.  In addition to advising the Cardinal on addressing particular complaints, the Review Board also advises on policy matters relating to the protection of children. This is the model recommended by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and memorialized in the Essential Norms.

The Review Board is an ecumenical body comprised of psychologists, social workers, educators, retired law enforcement agents, survivors of clergy sexual abuse, parents, judges and pastoral ministers.  Only one person is a member of the clergy of the Archdiocese and none of the other Board members are employees of the Archdiocese.  The Cardinal appoints each member for a term of five (5) years, which can be renewed.

Review Board Chairperson:

Marie Donahue, Retired Deputy Superintendent of the Boston Police Department

Review Board Members:

Rabbi Laurence Bazer, Temple Beth Sholom, Framingham; certified pastoral counselor; Military Chaplain, LTC; board member of New England ADL and the Greater MetroWest CJP Planning Grant Committee

Scott D. Easton, Ph.D., ACSW,LMSW - Asst. Professor, Boston College School
of Social Work

Daniel O’Malley, Esq., Attorney and former Associate Justice of the District Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Hon. William J. Melahn (Ret.)- Associate Justice of District Court of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Eileen Perini, LICSW, founder of the Perini Family Survivors' Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Reverend James J. Ronan Pastor, St. Mary – St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Boston

Donald L. Sherak, M.D., Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with added qualifications in Forensic and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association for the  Treatment of Sexual Abusers (MATSA); Medical Director of Whitney Academy; Consultant to the May Institute for Neurorehabilitation and Education and the Springdale Education Center

Archdiocesan Staff for the Review Board:

Jay Crowley, Delegate for Investigations

Mark Dunderdale, Director, Office of Professional Standards and Oversight

Br. James M. Peterson, OFM, Cap., JD, Promoter of Justice , JCL (advisor in Canon Law)

Vivian Soper, Director of the Office of Pastoral Support and Child Protection