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Paul Shanley

Paul ShanleyAKA Paul Richard Shanley

Born: 25-Jan-1931
Birthplace: Dorchester, MA
Died: 28-Oct-2020
Cause of death: Heart Failure

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay
Occupation: Religion, Criminal

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Molesting priest

The 12 February 1979 issue of Gays Week included the article "Men & Boys", detailing a recent Boston meeting of 150 people to discuss the topic of man-boy love. Rev. Paul R. Shanley was there, in his official capacity as a representative of the Catholic church. According to the article, the priest shared the story of a boy "who was rejected by family and society but helped by a boy-lover." But when the pedophile was discovered and incarcerated, "there began the psychic demise of that child... He had loved that man. It was only a brief and passing thing as far as the sex was concerned but the love was deep and the gratitude to the man was deep."

The Catholic church had begun receiving molestation complaints about Shanley in 1967. The Boston Archdiocese paid out a $40,000 settlement with an alleged victim in 1991. Two years later, they excluded him from priest duties. Then, in 2002, he was apprehended in California. The church finally defrocked him in May 2004.

Excerpted from Shanley's diary: "Much of my life these last few years has been choosing not twixt good and evil, but the less of the two evils ... my God, I've even taught kids to shoot up properly." And: "One of the first things I do in a new city is to sign up at the local clinic for help with my VD."

Brother: Donald Shanley (d.)

    High School: Huntington Prep, Boston, MA (1950)
    University: Boston University
    Theological: St. John's Seminary, Boston, MA (1960)

    Extradited from San Diego, CA to Boston, MA (2002)
    Rape raping a child with force, Newton, MA (3 counts)
    Rape per 5-Nov-1983 internal church memo
    Young Men's Christian Association counselor
    Risk Factors: Hernia, Asthma, Insomnia, Bell's Palsy

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