Friday, January 10, 2003

Accused priests were often on Law's calendar

The record of Law's appointments released yesterday spans his tenure as leader of the archdiocese from 1984 through the end of last year. But it contains unexplained gaps ranging from a day to several months.

Still, Law's calendar shows him scheduled to meet often with priests accused of sexual misconduct from his first weeks on the job until June 2001, when he had a half-hour meeting with the Rev. Ronald L. Paquin, who was indicted on three counts of child rape last year.

Other accused priests granted face-to-face meetings with Law include:

The Rev. Thomas P. Forry. In August 1984, Law met twice with Forry, who earlier that month had been urged by clinicians to enter a clergy treatment center for allegedly beating up his housekeeper and carrying on a long-term sexual relationship with a woman.

But after Law met with Forry, he was returned to his South Weymouth parish and later became a military chaplain.

Law met with Forry four more times between 1993 and 1995, when Forry was a prison chaplain. The archdiocesan Review Board, which examines cases of problem priests, took up Forry's case five times between 1993 and 1998, and as recently as 1999 another priest warned the archdiocese that Forry was a ''deeply troubled person'' who needed psychological evaluation. But Forry was not removed from ministry until February 2002.

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