November 20, 2005

Archdiocese, Prosecutors Agree to Deal over Withheld Information

Bishop Accountability

By Denise Lavoie
Associated Press
November 18, 2005

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BOSTON --The Boston Archdiocese on Friday agreed to increase openness about its priests' backgrounds as part of a settlement with federal prosecutors investigating whether the church transferred a priest without revealing an allegation he'd "fooled around with kids."

The church was accused of withholding information about the Rev. William Scanlan from federal authorities when Scanlan became a chaplain at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., in 1999.

U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan agreed to end a grand jury investigation without bringing charges against the archdiocese, if the church agreed to new reforms and reporting requirements.

Posted by kshaw at November 20, 2005 02:30 AM