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Fr. James Francis Hopkins – Diocese of Camden

Father James Francis Hopkins
Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1968
Removed from ministry: 1995
Laicized: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • Holy Maternity, Audubon
  • St. Cecilia, Pennsauken
  • Annunciation, Bellmawr
  • Holy Family, Turnersville
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Mays Landing
  • St. Peter, Merchantville
  • St. Aloysius, Oaklyn
  • St. Pius X, Cherry Hill
  • St. Maurice, Brooklawn

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father James Francis Hopkins:

In 2003, Father James Hopkins was arrested and charged with the sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy in 1995. The abuse occurred between May and December 1995, when Hopkins was an associate pastor in St.Pius X parish in Cherry Hill and St. Maurice in Brooklawn and took place in the Pennsauken home of the victim and in Hopkins’ car, a black vehicle with tinted windows.

Hopkins met the victim and his devout Catholic parents, when he was a priest in St. Peter’s parish in Merchantville, from 1986 to 1988. He remained in touch with the family after leaving Merchantville and moving to St. Aloysius parish in Oaklyn.

Additionally, in November 2012, the Diocese of Pittsburgh received an e-mail communication from an adult male about Father James Hopkins. He stated that several decades earlier, Hopkins performed a “medical exam” on him when he was a freshman at St. Fidelis Seminary High School.

The exam involved the young man bending over naked in front of Hopkins and listening to Hopkins make creepy comments about his behind. There was no indication in the records that the Diocese of Camden conducted an investigation or attempted to contact the male about counseling.

Hopkins was released from prison and currently resides in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he is a registered sex offender.

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Msgr. James Hopkins – Diocese of Erie

Monsignor James P. Hopkins

Diocese of Erie

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Ordination: 1900 (Diocese of Buffalo)

Death: 1957

Assigned in the Diocese of Erie as follows:

  • St. Joseph (Sharon, PA)
  • St. Titus (Erie, PA)
  • St. Eusebius (East Brady, PA)
  • St. Walburga (Titusville, PA)
  • St. Thomas the Apostle (Corry, PA)

Summary of Allegations against Monsignor James P. Hopkins:

In 1993 a letter was sent to the Diocese of Erie regarding a sexual abuse from a woman who says that she was sexually abused by Monsignor James P. Hopkins in approximately 1945 when she was 13.  According to the letter, it was well-known among the priests at St. Titus that Hopkins would sexually assault the girls that worked in the parish rectory, including the letter writer. Whenever concern was expressed about Hopkins inappropriate behavior, fellow priests and clergy of the Diocese would allegedly reply with some variation of, “Oh well, he’s old, he doesn’t mean anything by it.”

According to an internal summary of Hopkins’ file prepared by the Secretary of Clergy after the woman’s letter was received, there were no other documented complaints of abuse.  

No one from the Diocese of Erie ever responded to the woman’s letter.

In 1994, she wrote a second letter to Trautman with another copy of the first letter and begging him to please respond. Trautman finally did, glibly telling the woman that, since Hopkins died in 1957, they had no way to investigate the veracity of her claims.

Hopkins’ name now appears on the Diocese of Erie’s list of credibly accused priests.

Hopkins died in good standing as a priest in the Diocese of Erie.

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Fr. James Hopkins – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father James Hopkins

Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Ordained: 1968

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1973 – Moved from Diocese of Pittsburgh to Diocese of Camden, NJ
  • 1973 – 1995 – South New Jersey Parishes
  • 2003 – Arrested
  • 2004 – Laicized
  • 2005 – Convicted of sexual abuse

Summary of Allegations Against Father James Hopkins:

Diocesan records show that accusations against Father James Hopkins started in 1988 when he was sent for therapy after parents complained that he was abusing their son. Another accusation came to light in 1995, and he was removed from ministry. The abuse took place at St. Aloysius in Oaklyn when the victim was 10 years old. During his time serving in parishes in South Jersey, he allegedly sought help for being attracted to underage boys. According to media reports, he moved to Florida after being defrocked in 1995.

In 1999, the brother of the 1995 victim also accused Father Hopkins of abuse. The abuse of the brothers included groping, fondling, and being forced to perform oral sex. This case was settled between the family and the Diocese of Camden for $625,000 in 2001. Hopkins was arrested in 2003 and laicized in 2004. In 2005, he pled guilty to two charges of sexual abuse from 1995 and was sentenced to 8 years in an Avenel, New Jersey, center for sex offenders.

In 2012, another victim emailed the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He stated that Father Hopkins had given him a “medical exam.” He told him to bend over while he was naked and then made lewd comments about his behind. The victim was a freshman at St. Fidelis Seminary High School.

Hopkins is still living and is residing in the Atlantic City, New Jersey, area.  He is 75 years old.  Hopkins is a sex offender registered with the New Jersey State Police.  

His name appears on the February 2019 list of credibly accused priests published by the Diocese of Camden.  According to Bishop Sullivan, the list, “includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.