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Judge allows Bishop Weldon accuser’s claim against Springfield diocese to advance to trial

Bishop Weldon monument (copy)

The former gravesite of the Rev. Christopher J. Weldon was moved after an independent inquiry found cause to believe that Weldon, who oversaw the diocese from 1950 to 1977 and died in 1982, sexually abused an altar boy in Chicopee. 

SPRINGFIELD — A Hampden Superior Court judge issued a ruling advancing a lawsuit against the Springfield Catholic Diocese filed by a man who said he was gang-raped by the late Bishop Christopher J. Weldon and other priests while an altar boy in the 1960s.

The case filed by “John Doe,” a Chicopee man, is now set for trial beginning April 24.



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