October 05, 2005

Lawsuit alleges abuse by priest

Everett Heraldl

By Jim Haley
Herald Writer

A Bellingham man has filed a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle for allegedly allowing a Roman Catholic priest assigned to Immaculate Conception Parish in Everett to sexually abuse him over 11 years starting in 1956.

The man, now 63, was identified only as M.P. in the lawsuit filed Monday in Snohomish County Superior Court.

The lawsuit alleges that the archdiocese knew or should have known that the Rev. Edward Boyle was a pedophile, and it failed to supervise the priest.

The archdiocese Tuesday had no comment on the lawsuit.

Spokesman Greg Magnoni said he was unaware of this particular allegation until now. "I do know there have been allegations against (Boyle) in the past," he added

Boyle died in 1987, Magnoni said.

Posted by kshaw at October 5, 2005 08:46 AM