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Man sues Catholic Church claiming was abused at orphanage

A New York man is suing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston for sexual abuse he says he suffered decades ago at a church-affiliated home for orphaned and foster children.

Andre Jones, 51, said Monday that he was abused in the 1970s by the disgraced Brother Edward Anthony Holmes, a supervisor and counselor at the now-shuttered Nazareth Child Care Center.

Holmes pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of children and other charges in 2006. He was sentenced to five years in prison and died in 2011, said one of Jones’ lawyers, Patrick Noaker.

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Andre Jones speaks out at the Suffolk County Courthouse Monday after suing the Archdiocese of Boston over his allegations that he was sexually abused as child orphan

Edward Anthony Holmes, a former member of a Roman Catholic religious order, speaks to his attorney Jeanne Carol during his arraignment in 2005. Holmes died in 2011

Andre Jones says he was sexually abused as a orphan under the care of the Catholic Church

Jones speaking about the suit, presents a photo of himself as a child to illustrate how his development was stunted by the sexual abuse he says he endured

The Archdiocese of Boston, the fourth-largest archdiocese in the country, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The archdiocese, which calls itself the spiritual home for more than 1.8 million Catholics, became an epicenter of the global Catholic Church sex abuse scandal that exploded in 2002, ignited by reporting from The Boston Globe.

Nationwide, the church has paid roughly $4 billion in settlements since 1950. More than 6,500 clergy members have been accused of abuse, and hundreds have been removed from church work.

Nazareth was a residential program for children removed by the state from their homes and awaiting foster care placement that operated on archdiocese land from the 1800s until around 1988.

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