Msgr. Gerald Burns – Diocese of Scranton

Msgr. Gerald J. Burns – Diocese of Scranton

Fr. Gerard Gerald Burns

Ordained: 1950

Died:     1999

Assigned as follows:

  • 1950        St. Ann (Shohola, PA)
  • 1950        St. Patrick (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1950-1952    St. John (Honesdale, PA)
  • 1952-1953    St. Peter (Wellsboro, PA)
  • 1953-1962    St. John the Evangelist (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1962-1968    St. Dominic (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1968-1970    Mercy Heights Hospital (Scranton, PA)
  • 1970-1982    Blessed Sacraments (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1982-1984    St. Gabriel (Hazelton, PA)
  • 1984-1994    St. John the Evangelist (Pittston, PA)
  • 1994        Retired/Named Pastor Emeritus of St. John the Evangelist

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Msgr. Gerald J. Burns:

In 1994, Bishop James Timlin received a letter from a woman whose husband was sexually abused by Msgr. Gerald Burns during the time he was an altar boy at St. John’s in the early 1950s.  Burns denied the allegation, but accepted the Bishop’s recommendation that he retire from ministry. Burns and the Diocese of Scranton paid for the man’s therapy for several years.

Burns died in 1999.

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