Assignment Record– Rev. James E. Braley
Boston archbishop was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).
|1975||St. Charles'||Woburn||MA||4/5||St. Charles' had a grade school with 625 students, and a high school with 127 students.|
• Braley was accused in November 2013 of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl in the 1970s at St. Peter's. The abuse reportedly occurred in a confessional; Braley is said to have warned the girl that if she told, she wouldn't get into heaven because whatever happens during confession is confidential.
• In November 2013 it was also publicly alleged that Braley sexually abused an altar boy during his time at St. Peter's. The abuse was said to have started when the boy was 14 years old and continued until he was 27.
• In February 2012, the archdiocese stated publicly that Braley was being placed on administrative leave because of alleged abuse of a child in the "early 1980s." The archdiocese did not say where Braley was assigned when the alleged abuse took place.
|St. Peter's had a grade school with 342-245 students, and a high school until 1978 with 105-37 girls.|
Medeiros was succeeded by Bernard Francis Law (1984-2002).
|1986||Archbishop Williams' High School||Braintree||MA||chaplain||Archbishop Williams' 385-409 boys and 482-418 girls.|
|1986||1990||St. James'||Salem||MA||3/4, 2/3|
|1987||Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission|
|1990||1994||St. Mary's||Lynn||MA||3/4, 4/4||St. Mary's had a high school with 291 students.|
|1994||Our Lady Star of the Sea||Marblehead||MA||This assignment is per news reports.|
|1994||2000||St. Catherine of Siena||Norwood||MA||4/4, 3/3, 2/2, 2/3||St. Catherine's had a school with 472 students.|
|2000||2001||Vatican II Institute||Menlo Park||CA||Priestly Renewal Program||This assignment is per news reports.|
|2001||Emergency Response Team||Boston||MA|
Law was replaced by Sean Patrick O'Malley, o.f.m. Cap. (2003- ).
|February 2012||Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha||Plymouth||MA||1/1, 1/2||
Blessed Kateri had a religious education program with 369 students.
Braley was placed on leave in February 2012 after an allegation surfaced that he sexually abused a child in the early 1980s.
|February 2012||March 2016||Administrative Leave||Braley remained on administrative leave for several years; in Cardinal O'Malley's published list of accused clergy, from at least January 2013through February 2016, he appeared under category C, "Cases Involving Living Archdiocesan Clergy That Already Have Been Publicized, But Where The Canonical Proceedings Against Those Clergy Have Not Yet Been Resolved." Braley's status was described as"Administrative Leave; Case in Process."|
|March 2016||Restricted/Senior Priest||In March 2016, Braley's status in Cardinal O'Malley's list changed. His name was removed from Category C (see above) and placed in the archdiocese's List of Unsubstantiated Cases. The status of the case/his ministry is now described as "Found unsubstantiated; Restricted; Senior Priest."|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1975-2014)
• Pastor Placed on Leave after Allegations of Sexual Abuse Surface, by Matt Rocheleau, Boston Globe, February 13, 2012
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