CHURCH SETTLES ABUSE CASE
The Boston Archdiocese has reached a settlement in one of the most notorious cases to emerge from its clergy sex abuse crisis, a priest who fathered two children, then fled when the woman overdosed on drugs. Rev. James Foley had a 13 year relationship with Rita Perry that started after she sought counseling because she lost an infant in the late 1950s. She suffered from depression and in the later 1960s had a lobotomy. He was removed from ministry in December 2002 after his personnel file was released publicly, including records detailing multiple affairs he had with married women. The filed also showed he told Cardinal Bernard Law that he had been with Perry on the night she fatally overdosed on barbiturates in 1973. Shortly after details of Foley's actions became known, Law resigned as archbishop. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed.
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