December 14, 2002

Boston Globe

By Michael Rezendes, Globe Staff, 12/14/2002

In the tens of thousands of pages of church files released during the year of scandal in the Boston Archdiocese, only a few bear the name of Richard G. Lennon, the man just named to run the archdiocese until a new bishop is named.

But those documents place Lennon among church officials who, in the mid-1990s, were trying to remove Rev. Paul J. Mahan from the priesthood with a minimum of scandal.

In a September 1995 letter to Lennon, who was then a priest working as an assistant for canonical affairs, the Rev. Brian M. Flatley outlined ”eight distinct accusations of sexual misconduct with children brought against Father Mahan” and summarized a psychological evaluation that concluded Mahan was ”a dangerous person” and ”a threat to adolescent males.”

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