November 6, 2020 - Statement of the Archdiocese of Boston

The harm caused to so many by Paul Shanley is immeasurable. His victims showed great courage in exposing his crimes and fighting for justice both within the criminal justice system and the Church. We are indebted to Shanley's victims and all victims of clergy abuse for what they have done to stop the abuse, assure that the Church supports healing for those abused, and puts the protection of children at the top of our priorities.
The Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach is available to those who were abused by clergy and their families. We encourage anyone who was abused by clergy to call, regardless of when the abuse occurred.  We also encourage you to report the abuse to law enforcement. If the victim is under the age of 18, please also report the abuse to the Department of Children and Families. Help is available. Call 617-746-5985.