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.