Fr. George A. Paulin – Diocese of Burlington

| Apr 2, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father George A. Paulin  

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1970

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970-1973      St. Joseph Church (Burlington, VT)
  • 1972-1973      Trinity College  (Burlington, VT)
  • 1973-1976      St. Mary Star of the Sea (Newport, VT)
  • 1976-1983      Church of the Assumption (Canaan, VT)
  • 1983-2001      St. Vincent DePaul (North Troy, VT)
  • 2001-2002      Church of the Annunciation (Ludlow, VT)
  • 2001-2002      Holy Name of Mary (Proctorsville, VT)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father George A. Paulin:

Father George A. Paulin served in Vermont for approximately 33 years. According to media reports, in May 2000, he was suspended from ministry and his faculties were revoked. In 2002, he was accused of sexually abusing a teenager in the 1980s on an overnight trip to the Northeast Kingdom. The alleged victim reported the incident to Vermont’s Catholic diocese in 1987, but no action was taken. A settlement for about $20,0000 was reached.

In May 2002, Father Paulin was placed on administrative leave and his public priestly faculties were revoked. He resigned as pastor in 2003. 

In September 2004, he was named in another lawsuit by a man alleging that Father Paulin molested him at St. Mary Star of the Sea’s rectory and at his family’s home in 1971 when he was 13 years old. In August 2006, the Diocese of Burlington admitted that it found 27 years’ worth of files on Father Paulin, which the church had previously said didn’t exist. In April 2007, a settlement was reached for $135,000.

“Every time I see a story or hear something on the news about the Catholic Church and these cases, I have to turn it off,” the man said. “I know the hurt these people are feeling.”

Based on evidence gathered after he filed his lawsuit, he discovered he was the first person Father Paulin allegedly molested during his 33 years as a priest in Vermont.

“If I had just told someone years ago, other people would not have been hurt,” he said.

In 2008, another claim of child sexual abuse by Father Paulin was settled. 

His current whereabouts are unknown. 

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