Fr. Joseph Glatts – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Joseph Glatts

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Fr. Joseph Glatts Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1966

Suspended: 2011

Permanently restricted: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • 1966-1967 St. Anthony of Padua (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1967-1968 St. Alphonsus (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1967-1971 St. John Neumann High School
  • 1968-1971 St. Irenaeus (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1969-1971 Chaplain, Pennsylvania National Guard
  • 1971-1976 Resurrection of Our Lord (Chester, PA)
  • 1971-1976 St. James High School (Chester, PA)
  • 1976-1999 Chaplain, U.S. Air Force
  • 1999-2000 St. Joseph (Aston, PA)
  • 2000-2008 St. Andrew (Drexel Hill, PA)
  • 2008-2011 Ss. Simon and Jude (West Chester, PA)

Summary of Allegations against Father Joseph Glatts:

Father Joseph Glatts was one of 21 placed suspended from ministry in 2011 following the release of the second grand jury report, which identified more than 30 priests still in active ministry despite allegations of sexual abuse. No information was provided by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as to the nature and details of the allegation(s) against Glatts.

In 2013, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s internal review board concluded that Glatts had not committed “sexual misconduct” as defined by their internal policies, but he did act in violation of ministerial standards and was therefore unfit to return to ministry.  Glatts was placed on permanent restriction shortly thereafter, as recommended by the review board.

No additional information about the purported violation of standards was provided to the public, except for a general statement that priests removed for that reason generally had “boundary issues with children.” According to media reports, “Church officials have declined to release details on specific accusations but say boundary issues can include inappropriate talk or contact, sharing alcohol or pornography with minors or other conduct that may be construed as “grooming” a victim.”

Because the allegation(s) brought to the review board did not involve sexual abuse of a minor child, Glatts’ name does not appear on any of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s lists of credibly accused priests.  

Glatts is believed to be alive and residing at Villa St. Joseph retirement home with priests accused of sexual abuse of minors.  He is approximately 80 years old.

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