Fr. Michael J. Burns – Diocese of Trenton

Father Michael J Burns

Diocese of Trenton

Fr. Michael Burns Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1973

Sued: 2004

Retired (in good standing): 2017

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973 – 1977 St. Hedwig Parish (Trenton, New Jersey)
  • 1977 – 1985 St. Paul Parish (St. Katharine Drexel) (Burlington, New Jersey)
  • 1985 – 1990 Sacred Heart Parish (Trenton, New Jersey)
  • 1990 – 2017 St. Mary Parish, Pastor (Bordentown, New Jersey)
  • 2017 –          Diocese Retirement, Villa Vianney (Lawrenceville, New Jersey)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Michael J Burns:

In 2002 the Diocese of Trenton received an allegation against Father Michael J. Burns from a victim claiming he abused her as a 6th grader at the Sacred Heart Church around 1975. The Diocese allowed Burns to continue as pastor at St. Mary after the internal review board determined that the allegation was not believable.

In 2004 the victim filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Trenton and Burns. The suit was dismissed as a result of the expiration of the statute of limitations.

Burns continued in active ministry until his retirement in 2017.

According to the victim, the abuse took place in Burns’ “office-bedroom” in the Sacred Heart Church rectory. The victim described the abuse as Burns using the privacy of their tutoring sessions to touch her “intimate parts, either directly or through clothing, for the purpose of sexually arousing or gratifying himself.”

Burns retired in 2017 and now lives in the Diocese of Trenton retirement community Villa Vianney in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He remains a priest in good standing.

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