Allegations of misconduct at Boston seminary under investigation

Cardinal Sean O'Malley said the allegations were made online by two former seminarians.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley
Cardinal Sean O'Malley –David L. Ryan / Boston Globe

BOSTON (AP) — The archbishop of Boston has ordered an investigation into allegations of misconduct made by former seminarians.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley said in a statement on Friday that he’s unable to verify or disprove the allegations about St. John’s Seminary but called them a “source of serious concern.”

O’Malley said the allegations were made online by two former seminarians.

O’Malley did not provide details about the allegations, but one man who identified himself as an ex-seminarian said in a blog post that he witnessed inappropriate behavior, including sexual misconduct and alcohol abuse.

O’Malley says St. John’s Rector, Msgr. James Moroney, will go on sabbatical leave for the fall semester so there can be a “fully independent inquiry.”

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The investigation will be overseen by a group including Assumption College President Francisco Cesare.

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