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The sexual abuse scandal in Fall River diocese is a significant episode in the series of Catholic sex abuse cases in the United States and Ireland.

James Porter affair

Father James Porter was a Roman Catholic priest who was convicted of molesting 28 children;[1] He admitted sexually abusing at least 100 of both sexes over a period of 30 years, starting in the 1960s.[2]

101 abuse claims

On June 16, 1992, following the Porter affair, Bishop Sean O'Malley was chosen to head the Diocese of Fall River. He was installed on the following August 11. While Bishop of Fall River, O'Malley settled 101 abuse claims and initiated a zero-tolerance policy against sexual abuse. He also instituted one of the first comprehensive sexual abuse policies in the Roman Catholic Church. [3]

Laicization of Edward Paquette

Father Edward Paquette, who was kicked out of the Diocese of Fall River and stripped of his priestly faculties in 1963 after accusations of "improper behavior" with young boys, only to resurface a year later as a priest in Indiana and then in Vermont, was officially removed from the priesthood by Pope Benedict XVI. [4]

Continued allegations

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has alleged that the Fall River Diocese has not done enough to inform the public about allegations against a Maine priest who once served in the Fall River and Attleboro areas, but diocesan officials have said that they already have done everything the group is now demanding. [5]

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