Fr. George L. Hopkins

Ordained: 1939
Status: Accused

Died: 09/12/1980
Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

Named publicly as accused in the Baltimore Archdiocese’s revised list 4/24/2019. Allegation to Archdiocese in 2002 of abuse in the early 1950s (Hopkins was promoted from Assistant Chancellor to Vice Chancellor in 1952). The Los Angeles Archdiocese informed Baltimore in 2007 that Hopkins was also accused of sexually assaulting an adult in the early 1950s. Hopkins was Chancellor 1954-1965, was given the title monsignor in 1956, and was also an Archdiocesan Consultor, and Rural Dean 1965-1968. According to the Archdiocese’s list, ‘Hopkins left the priesthood in 1969 and later died.’ Included in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General’s Report. It shows that Hopkins was moved in 1965 to Western MD and was sent to treatment in IA after the Archdiocese learned he was involved with a woman he counseled through her divorce. Left his parish, then spent a year at a church in TN. Married. Laicized in 1974. The 2002 allegation was of abuse of a girl when she was in grades 1-3 at Cathedral School. The 2007 allegation was of rape of a 25-year-old nun. Hopkins died in 1980.

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