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Priest in Bulger photo was defrocked

A man wearing clerical garb while sitting next to notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger in a photo released by Bulger’s lawyers was identified today as the former vice chancellor of the Boston archdiocese, Frederick J. Ryan, who was defrocked by Rome for allegedly sexually abusing teenage boys in the 1980s.

Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represented two former Catholic Memorial High School students who successfully sued the archdiocese in 2002 over the abuse, confirmed today that the man is Ryan.

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