The Archdiocese of Boston announced today that Rev. Paul J. McLaughlin, former pastor of St. Peter Parish in Lowell, MA and Immaculate Conception Parish in Marlboro, MA, has been found guilty of child abuse and his sentence has been affirmed by the Vatican to live a life of Prayer and Penance. He is not permitted to exercise any public ministry, including not being allowed to celebrate public Mass. He may not provide spiritual direction, may not wear clerical attire, and cannot function in any manner as a priest. He is to live in contemplation of his sins and pray for all of those affected by his conduct. Fr. McLaughlin, who was ordained in 1955, was placed on administrative leave on September 14, 2001 for an allegation that was reported to have occurred in the late 1960’s with a minor. For his assignment history, click here.
Having been found guilty he is forbidden from all public ministry and from otherwise presenting himself as a priest. He is expected to dedicate his life to praying for victims and repenting of his past offenses. In this way, the Church seeks even here to prevent any future abuse and to repair the injustice that has already taken place. (source USCCB).
Through its Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach, the Archdiocese continues to make counseling and other services available to survivors, their families and parishes impacted by clergy sexual abuse and by allegations of abuse by members of the clergy. Cardinal Seán encourages any person in need of pastoral assistance or support to contact the Archdiocese’s Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach by calling 617-746-5985.