Fr. Vance Zebulon Thorne

Order: SVD
Ordained: 1954
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of abuse of one person in early 1970s per the LA archdiocesan report in 2004. Also worked in the Dioceses of Austin TX (1961-1971), Jackson MS (1980-1987), and Trenton NJ. At least 3 civil suits and 2 criminal indictments filed 1986-1987 in MS. One plaintiff claimed abuse by Thorne 1980-1986 beginning when he was age 14 in at Holy Ghost church in the Jackson diocese. Another man alleged abuse at the same parish as a 9-year-old boy. Thorne died in 11/2004. On the Jackson diocese’s list 3/19/2019. It notes alleged abuse in 1986 reported same year, removed from the diocese in 1987. Included on the Order’s Southern, Western, and Chicago Provinces lists of credibly accused.

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