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

Vermont Attorney General to Investigate Catholic Church Abuse

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan will open an investigation into abuse within Vermont’s Catholic Church, including at the St. Joseph’s orphanage. The announcement comes days after BuzzFeed published a lengthy investigation into horrifying abuses at the Catholic-run facility in Burlington. “We’ll do an investigation,” Donovan said in an interview Friday. “Certainly it will be about … Read more