Fr. James Burns

Diocese:  Diocese of Gallup

Summary of Assignments:  

  • 1962 – 1963: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish; Flagstaff, AZ
  • 1963: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish; Flagstaff, AZ
  • 1964: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish; Holbrook, AZ
  • 1966 – 1968: St. Lawrence Parish; Humbolt, AZ
  • 1968 – 1972: St. Peter Parish; Springerville, AZ
  • 1974 – 1981: St. Mary of the Angels Parish; Pinetop, AZ
  • 1975 – 1981: St. Anthony Parish; McNary, AZ
  • 1980 – 1982: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish; Page, AZ
  • 1982 – 1989: St. Joseph Parish; Winslow, AZ
  • 1990: St. Mary’s Parish; Bloomfield, NM
  • 1990 – 1993: St. Rose Parish; Blanco, NM

Notes:  In 2003 Diocese released names of Burns and 4 other Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse over last 20 years. Burns was accused “several times” of sexual abuse, sent for therapy, & reassigned. Another allegation made; he was removed from duty and “retired” in 1993. Accused of abuse in AZ and CA by 1 in 2003 CA suit. This claim included in massive 7/07 $660M settlement with LA Archdiocese. Pleaded guilty in 2004 and rec’d. two 1.5 yr sentences. Also accused of abuse of girl. Died 8/6/10 in AZ.

Sources:  Gallup Independent 05.20.03; Arizona Republic 08.14.03; Gallup Independent 05.12.04; Gallup Independent 06.08.04; Gallup Independent 09.03.04; Gallup Independent 09.17.04; Arizona Republic (AP) 09.19.04; Gallup Independent 05.09.05; Gallup Independent 08.02.05; Gallup Independent 08.03.05; Gallup Independent 11.30.06; Gallup Independent 07.21.07; Gallup Independent 07.23.07; Gallup Independent 05.26.11; Gallup Independent 05.27.11; Gallup Independent 07.31.12; Gallup Independent 11.11.13; Gallup Independent 12.07.13; Personnel File of James Burns 12.07.13; Gallup Independent 12.09.13; Gallup Independent 12.10.13; ABQ Journal 12.14.13; Diocese of Gallup [downloaded 02.28.15; Arizona Journal 11.21.15; Albuquerque Journal 07.17.16BA.org Assignment Record; Diocese of Gallup [downloaded 2.28.15]http://bishop-accountability.org/

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