Council Debates Changing Bridge Name 

City officials in Augusta will consider

whether the name of a bridge across the Kennebec River should be

changed in the wake of sexual abuse allegations against the Roman

Catholic priest for whom it was named.

Victim advocates say a Connecticut man who was abused by the

Rev. John Curran when he was a 12-year-old altar boy in Old Town

will speakMonday night before the City Council.

Bishop Richard Malone, who heads the Diocese of Portland, has

expressed support for removing Curran’s name from the Father Curran

Bridge. Malone said that if Curran were alive, he would have been

removed from ministry pending further investigation into the


Renaming the state-owned bridge ultimately requires action by

the Legislature. But an Augusta lawmaker has asked the council to

express its feelings on the issue.