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Monday, November 20, 2006

Former Shrewsbury pastor in trouble

SHREWSBURY

An Uxbridge pastor who once served in Shrewsbury has been removed from his post after admitting to "inappropriate sexual behavior with a minor" more than three decades ago, a bishop told the parishioners at Masses over the weekend.

Rev. Paul J. Doherty, pastor at St. Mary's Church, may no longer celebrate Mass or wear clothing that indicates he is a member of the clergy, the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester reports.

Bishop Robert J. McManus informed the parishioners at Masses Saturday and Sunday.

Doherty, 58, was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Worcester 11 years ago. He was associate pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Whitinsville and St. Mary’s Parish in Shrewsbury before being named pastor of the Uxbridge church in 2000.

-- Erica Tochin

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