March 23, 2006

Former CM chaplain among eight priests tossed out


By David L. Harris/ Staff Writer
Thursday, March 23, 2006

Among the eight priests Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley defrocked last Friday was Monsignor Frederick Ryan, who was accused of sexually abusing three students at Catholic Memorial in the 1970s and ’80s.

"I’m very happy about it," said David Carney, who alleges Ryan abused him while he was a 15-year-old student. "It’s been a long time coming."

At least three students at the school had alleged Ryan sexually abused them, including Garry Garland; Carney, who now lives in Scituate; and a third unnamed man. Carney said he wouldn’t have gone public with the allegations if Garland hadn’t done so first four years ago.

Carney, now 39, said he wouldn’t be surprised if the number of victims was "over 100."

Ryan, who resigned from the his position in 2002 after allegations surfaced that he sexually abused the boys at a church archives building in Brighton and in Rhode Island, was a former vice chancellor at the archdiocese, vicar and chaplain at the Catholic school.

Posted by kshaw at March 23, 2006 08:22 AM