February 25, 2005

Ex-OLP priest accused of molesting child is defrocked

Allston-Brighton Tab

Friday, February 25, 2005

Four Boston Archdiocese priests have been defrocked, including one priest accused of abusing children in Brighton.

Robert A. Ward, a former priest at Our Lady of the Presentation, was defrocked by the Vatican, the archdiocese announced this month.

Ward had been removed from public ministry since February 2002, after a man alleged Ward molested him in the mid-1970s at OLP, the Boston Herald reported.

Despite Ward's past cocaine addiction and child pornography found on his computer in 1999, he was reassigned to the Development Office at the archdiocese in 2001, the Herald reported.

But the Vatican still has not released a decision on the status of the second priest accused of abuse in an Allston-Brighton parish.

Posted by kshaw at February 25, 2005 06:45 PM