Assignment Record– Rev. Msgr. Robert C. Fichtner
Summary of Case: Fichtner was suspended from public ministry in 2003 due to an accusation that he had sexually abused a 9-year-old boy in the late 1980s. His suspension was lifted by the archdiocese in 2005 when the archdiocesan review board deemed the accusation "unsubstantiated". Fichtner had retired in 2002. He died June 7, 2013.
Born: February 8, 1929
Ordained: February 2, 1955
Died: June 7, 2013
Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).
||Parish had a school with 590 boys and 571 girls.
||SS. Peter and Paul
||3/8, 2/7, 2/5
Cushing was succeeded by Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).
||Our Lady Help of Christians
||Our Lady's had a grade school with 553-378 students and a high school with 198-291 students.
||St. Sebastian's School
||part-time faculty member
||Blessed John XXIII Seminary
Bernard Francis Law replaced Medeiros (1984-2002).
• In 2003 a 27 year old man accused Fichtner of having sexually abused him during confession when the man was a 9-year-old fourth grader at St. Joseph's parish school. The man said that he was violently forced to perform oral sex on Fichtner.
St. Joseph's had a school with 236-365 students.
||Referred to as "Very Rev."
Sean Patrick O'Malley, o.f.m. Cap. succeeded Law
Retired in 2002.
Placed on administrative leave in 2003 due to allegation from his post at St. Joseph's.
Allowed in 2005 by the archdiocese to return to ministry after church review board determined the allegation was "unsubstantiated".
Fichtner died June 7, 2013.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York:
Kenedy & Sons, 1956-2007).
• Some Priest Abuse Claims Remain Open, By Sue Reinert, Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA), March 8, 2005
• New England in Brief, Restrictions Are Lifted on Accused Priest, Boston.com [Boston MA], June 8, 2005
• Priest Cleared of Child Sex Abuse, Holbrook Sun [Holbrook MA], June 10, 2005
• Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online, By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register, August 25, 2011
• Obituary: Msgr. Robert C. Fichter, 84, The Pilot, June 14, 2013
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This assignment record was last updated September 29, 2015.