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Lawsuit alleges bishop who abused minors allowed priest-abuser to continue ministry

September 18, 2009

A 38-year-old Massachusetts man who claims he was abused by a priest of the Diocese of Springfield as he entered adolescence has filed suit against Bishop Thomas Dupré, Bishop Joseph Maguire, and a third diocesan official. The man alleges that Dupré, while chancellor of the diocese, was partly responsible for allowing Father Alfred Graves to continue in ministry after the diocese was made aware of other instances of abuse. Graves was laicized in 2006.

Bishop Maguire, now 90, led the Church in Springfield from 1976 to 1991, while Bishop Dupré served as ordinary from 1995 to 2004, when he resigned in disgrace following his indictment for abusing minors in the 1970s.


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