Father Francis Bourbon
Diocese of Richmond
Assigned as follows:
- Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church (High Point, N.C.)
- St. Barnabas Catholic Church (Arden, N.C.)
- Loyola University (Baltimore, Maryland)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Bourbon:
According to media reports, in December 2018, Father Francis Bourbon was named publicly on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950. It noted a “single allegation of unwanted kiss.” The incident is alleged to have occurred around 1985 in Buckingham, VA.
In December 2018, Father Bourbon‘s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Scranton’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.
In February 2019, his name also appeared on the Diocese of Richmond’s and the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s lists of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. His name appeared on the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s list in May 2019, and on the Diocese of Charlotte’s list in December 2019.
Notably, a single incident of “an unwanted kiss” does not likely rise to the standard of misconduct required for a clergymember’s inclusion on a list of credibly accused priests. This would suggest, at least initially, that Bourbon was the subject of an allegation far more serious than a single kiss.
According to the Jesuits, Bourbon died in 2007.
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