Father Paul McLaughlin
Diocese of San Bernardino
Assigned as follows:
- 1956-1958 Christ the King (Richland, WA)
- 1959-1961 Unknown
- 1962-1966 St. Agnes (Arlington, MA)
- 1967-1972 St. John the Evangelist (Swampscott, MA)
- 1973-1977 Regis College (Weston, MA)
- 1978-1984 St. Peter, (Lowell, MA)
- 1985-2002 Immaculate Conception (Marlboro, MA)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Paul McLaughlin:
Father Paul McLaughlin was ordained in Yakima, Washington. He worked for almost fifty years in the Archdiocese of Boston before retiring in 2001. He moved to California after retirement, where he worked part-time from 2001 to 2002 at St. Francis of La Quinta Church and celebrated Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Palm Desert.
According to media reports, in late 2002, he was placed on leave amid sexual abuse allegations that he abused three men in Massachusetts when they were minors in the 1960s. The abuse allegedly took place while Father McLaughlin was serving at St. Agnes Parish in Arlington. One man said McLaughlin orally raped him when he was 11 or 12 years old. The Archdiocese of Boston knew of one allegation in May 2002, but didn’t tell the Diocese of San Bernardino until later that year in September. In a letter to the Archdiocese of Boston, a spokesman for the San Bernardino Diocese said “Once again, we are put in the untenable position of needing to explain the questionable residence of a priest from another jurisdiction against whom an allegation of sexual misconduct had been lodged.”
According to the Archdiocese of Boston’s website, as of October 2015, canonical proceedings regarding Father McLaughlin have not yet been resolved. His personnel file contained references to one instance of physical abuse and another in which he told young boys to wrestle naked, Greco-Roman style. He denied all charges. His current whereabouts are unknown.
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