Catholic Orphanage Inquiry Concludes with Steps Toward Healing — But no Church Help

When former residents of Burlington’s long-shuttered St. Joseph’s Orphanage saw how a 2018 BuzzFeed News story about past “unrelenting physical and psychological abuse” finally sparked a state investigation, they hoped for what they saw as decades-overdue justice. “I don’t think people realize how long that stays with people,” one unidentified survivor said in a statement … Read more

One Priest: How a Vermont Cleric Kept Abusing Children

The personnel file of the former Rev. Edward Paquette, hidden by Vermont’s Catholic Church for nearly a half-century, contains a startling confession as to why leaders expelled the most problematic priest in the history in the state’s largest religious denomination. “No longer could keep lid on things,” a 1978 internal memo says. But a rare … Read more