Father Francis Kulig – Diocese of Scranton
Resigned (temporary): 1987
Removed from ministry: 2002
Assigned as follows:
- 1974 St. Matthew (East Stroudsburg, PA)
- 1974-1979 Immaculate Conception (Scranton, PA)
- 1979-1985 St. John the Evangelist (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
- 1985-1986 Nativity BVM (Tunkhannock, PA)
- 1986-1987 St. Mary of the Lake (Lake Winola, PA)
- 1987-2001 Mercy Center Convent (Dallas, PA)
- 2001-2002 Holy Family Residence (Scranton, PA)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Kulig:
In late 1986, a father wrote to the Diocese of Scranton to report that his son was molested by Father Francis Kulig from 1979-1985, starting with the boy was 12 years old. The family attended St. John the Evangelist parish in Wilkes-Barre. The abuse only ended when Kulig was transferred to Nativity BVM in Tunkhannock. Kulig admitted to the allegation when confronted by the Chancery, but minimized the extent of the abuse (e.g., he admitted to masturbating the boy but denied oral sex and sodomy with the child). Kulig was sent to inpatient treatment in early 1987 for six months. Following his discharge, he was assigned as chaplain to Mercy Center Convent, an assignment we note other credibly accused priests held following allegations of abuse.
Upon learning that Kulig was still in ministry, the family repeatedly wrote to the Diocese of Scranton to express frustration and fear that Kulig was still in ministry. He continued in ministry until shortly after the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, in June 2002.
Kulig died in 2015. There is no evidence that Kulig was ever removed from the priesthood (laicized) before his death at the age of 66.
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