Sean O'Malley, Cardinal of Boston © Sarah Webb (CBA)
Cardinal Sean O'Malley, chairman of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Children and archbishop of Boston, will not attend the World Meeting of Families in Dublin. He justified his cancellation with the events at his seminary.
Events necessitated his presence in Boston, a statement from O'Malley said. Late last week, it had become known that O'Malley was having alleged salacious goings-on at the seminary investigated. The U.S. press service CNS had reported that the cardinal had sent the seminary's rector on a semester off. This would allow the matter to be pursued promptly and "in full independence," O'Malley explained. Results should be available as soon as possible.
In his statement at the time, the Boston archbishop was not explicit about what the allegations were about. However, a Facebook post in the archdiocese's community section linked to a blog post alleging that seminarians had "cuddled" while drunk and engaged in sexual acts.
At the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, O'Malley was to moderate a panel discussion on abuse prevention. But he has full confidence in the other participants and will follow the discussion from Boston, it said. Participants in the Dublin event include former members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Children Marie Collins and Sheila Hollins.