Catholic Priest

Francis G. Kulig

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton

From Report I of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:

On November 4, 1986, a concerned father wrote a letter to the Diocese of Scranton wherein he alleged that his son was sexually molested by Father Francis G. Kulig beginning in 1979 when the boy was 12 years old.   The abuse continued until Kulig was transferred on October 2, 1985. It was alleged that there was mutual masturbation, oral sex and anal sex.

When he was interviewed, Kulig admitted to having a relationship with the victim.  He stated that mutual masturbation was the only activity that occurred.

On December 30, 1986, Bishop Timlin acknowledged that Kulig would receive treatment.  He underwent treatment from February 17, 1987 through August 14, 1987.

At the request of Timlin, Kulig submitted his resignation from St. Mary of the Lake. Following his  treatment,  Kulig was  assigned  to  the  Mercy Center  Convent.  Upon learning of this assignment, the victim’s father began writing Timlin, expressing his concerns that Kulig was still a priest.

A sum of $10,000 was ultimately paid to the family.

Effective July 3, 2002, Kulig had his faculties removed. He was prohibited from wearing clerical garb and presenting himself as a priest. He was further prohibited from celebrating mass or the sacraments as a priest.

Additional information regarding the widespread sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Dioceses of Pennsylvania and the systemic cover up by senior church officials is compiled in the Pennsylvania Diocese Victim’s Report published by the Pennsylvania Attorney General following a two-year grand jury investigation.  A complete copy of the Report is available on the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s website.