Fr. James J. Walsh – Diocese of Scranton

Father James J. Walsh 

Diocese of Scranton 


Fr. James Walsh Horowitz Law


Ordained: 1972

Resigned/Removed: 2020

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1973 St. Ann’s (Tobyhanna, PA) 
  • 1973 Holy Rosary (Scranton, PA)
  • 1974 St. Clare (Scranton, PA)
  • 1975 Cathedral of St. Peter (Scranton, PA)
  • 1978 St. Ann’s (Tobyhanna, PA)
  • 1979 St. Gregory Church (Clarks Green, PA)
  • 1983 St. John the Evangelist 
  • 1984 St. Patricks (Olyphant, PA)
  • 1985 St. Francis Parish (Nanticoke, PA)
  • 1985 St. Joseph Parish (White Mills, PA)
  • 1991 St. Mary Parish (Avoca, PA)
  • 1996 Sacred Heart of Mary (Jermyn, PA)
  • 2006 Our Lady of Sorrows Parish (West Wyoming, PA)
  • 2006 St. Joseph Parish (Wyoming, PA)
  • 2009 St. Francis of Assisi (Scranton, PA)
  • 2009 St. Patrick Parish (Scranton, PA)
  • 2013 St. Joseph Parish (Matamoras, PA)
  • 2015 St. Maria Goretti (Laflin, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father James J. Walsh:

On March 6th, 2019, the Diocese of Scranton received an allegation of sexual assault involving Father James J. Walsh. The alleged incident took place in 1979, while Walsh was serving at the Church of Saint Gregory in Clarks Green. The victim who came forward was an adult at the time of the alleged assault. 

During the course of the investigation, the Diocese received another allegation involving inappropriate behavior with an adult by Father Walsh. The investigator fully investigated the allegation, as well as two prior reports of possible misconduct involving Walsh. He denied each allegation. 

The Diocese did deem the allegations against him credible, and Father Walsh was informed of the bishop’s intention to remove him as a pastor. He submitted his resignation as pastor of Saint Maria Goretti Parish shortly thereafter. 

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