Fr. John P. Paul

Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Philadelphia PA

Archdiocese received two allegations in 2013 that Paul allegedly abused children approximately 40 years prior, while in seminary. Reported to police; no charges filed. Placed under restrictions. Parish and school informed 11/7/13 after he voluntarily resigned. He denied all allegations. Spent many years as teacher and school minister. Faculties removed 12/15/13. Additional accusations surfaced. Found not suitable for ministry and permanently removed 02/23/14. Laicized in 2015. Lawsuit filed in 12/19 in NJ claims abuse in the early 1980s of a girl, starting when she was a high school sophomore in PA and continuing into her college years. Abuse allegedly occurred at an Ocean City NJ hotel and Christian Brothers retreat in NJ. Accused in a claim settled in 2020 in the low six figures of sexually abusing a boy, age 8, in 1967, while a seminarian. The abuse allegedly occurred on a trip to NJ and included sodomy.

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