Fr. James R. Adams – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father James R. Adams

Diocese of Pittsburgh


Ordained: 1963

Death: 2011

Assigned as Follows: 

  • 5/1963-2/1966 – St. Francis Xavier (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 2/1966-8/1966 – St. Peter (McKeesport, PA)
  • 8/1966-5/1972 – St. Raphael (Morningside, PA)
  • 5/1972-10/1977 – St. Francis of Assisi (Finleyville, PA)
  • 10/1977-9/1979 – Resurrection (West Mifflin, PA)
  • 9/1979-10/1992 – St. Isaac Jogues (Elrama, PA)
  • 6/17/85-11/19/85 – Leave of Absence
  • 10/4/1992-3/31/93 – Leave of Absence
  • 3/31/1993-3/1/2003 – Leave of Absence
  • 3/1/2003 – Withdrew/Dismissed from Ministry

Summary of Allegations Against Father James R. Adams:

Father James R. Adams of the Diocese of Pittsburgh is accused of sexually assaulting a boy between the ages of 8 and 12 in the 1970s when he was assigned to St. Francis of Assisi. The media reported that the victim, who had a conversation on the telephone in July of 1992 with then-Father David Zubik detailing the assault, described Father Adams touching the victim’s genitals through his clothes while driving him and other boys to outings.

The boys reportedly fought over who had to sit next to him in the vehicle because he was “strange.” In his accusation, the victim noted that Father Adams had engaged in similar behavior with other young boys as well.

Following the accusations, Adams had his ministerial faculties withdrawn. He was sent away from the Diocese of Pittsburgh to St. Michael’s Community in St. Louis where he was supposed to be evaluated and treated. He left before completion of the program.

Father James R. Adams was permanently removed from the ministry in 2003 with reference to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. He died in 2011.

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