Fr. John P. Paul – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father John P. Paul

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1972

Accused: Mid-2013

Resigned: Nov. 2013

Faculties removed: Dec. 2013

Laicized (removed from priesthood): 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • 1972-1974 St. Alphonsus (Maple Glen, PA)
  • 1974 Immaculate Conception (Jenkintown, PA)
  • 1974-1975 Archbishop Kennedy High School
  • 1974-1975 St. Isaac Jogues (Wayne, PA)
  • 1975-1986 Bishop McDevitt High School (Wyncote, PA)
  • 1975-1986 Brothers of Charity/Emeric Hall
  • 1986-1990 St. James Catholic High School (Chester, PA)
  • 1986-1990 St. Robert (Chester, PA)
  • 1990-1993 Archbishop Kennedy High School
  • 1990-1995 St. Philip Neri (Lafayette Hill, PA)
  • 1995-1997 Our Mother of Sorrows (Bridgeport, PA)
  • 1993-1997 Kennedy-Kenrick High School (Norristown, PA)
  • 1997-2000 Archbishop Wood High School (Warminster, PA)
  • 1997-2000 St. Andrew (Newtown, PA)
  • 2000-2013 Our Lady of Calvary (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2013-2015 Administrative Leave

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Paul:

In 2013, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received two allegations that Father John P. Paul sexually abused children while he was a seminarian in the late 1960s.  No additional details about the context of the abuse were provided to the public.

Rather than remove him in accordance with a stated policy of “zero tolerance,” the Archdiocese of Philadelphia opted to keep him in ministry “under a watchful eye” for several months before Paul opted to resign his faculties voluntarily in November 2013.

According to its website, Paul was laicized (removed from the priesthood) by the Vatican in 2015.  

He is believed to be still living and residing in the Philadelphia area.  He is approximately 72 years old.

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