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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Bishop Coyne Pledges Cooperation in St. Joseph's Orphanage Probe

Posted By and on Sun, Sep 9, 2018 at 1:45 PM

Bishop Christopher Coyne - MATTHEW ROY
  • Matthew Roy
  • Bishop Christopher Coyne
Vermont Bishop Christopher Coyne told parishioners and reporters on Sunday that the church will cooperate with an imminent law enforcement probe into horrific allegations of abuse at St. Joseph's Catholic Orphanage.

Toward the end of the 10 a.m. mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Burlington, the bishop stepped to a podium to respond to recent news reports.

On August 27, Buzzfeed published an investigation documenting decades of alleged physical, sexual and mental abuse suffered by children at the North Avenue, Burlington facility, which closed in 1974. The story included claims that children died at the hands of nuns. On Friday, Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo told Seven Days that authorities plan to investigate, and Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan confirmed that a state task force would conduct a probe.

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