Father James J. Collins – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Father James J. Collins

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1964

Placed on leave: 2013

Permanently removed: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • 1964 St. John the Evangelist (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1964-1965 Roman Catholic High School for Boys
  • 1964-1965 St. Paul (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1964-1965 Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal
  • 1965 Our Lady of Pompeii (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1965-1968 North American College, Rome
  • 1966 St. Stephen (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1968-1969 Cardinal Dougherty High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1968-1975 Immaculate Conception (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1969-1976 Roman Catholic High School for Boys (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1975-1976 St. Paul (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1976 St. Christopher (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1976-2013 Holy Family University
  • 2013 Placed on administrative leave

Summary of Allegations Against Father James J. Collins:

According to a statement made by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Father James Collins was placed on administrative leave in 2013 after allegations were brought forth accusing him of sexually abusing a minor approximately 40 years earlier.  This was the first allegation reported against him and no other such allegation has been received against him. The information was also reviewed by the archdiocesan Office of Investigations, the Office for Child and Youth Protection and the Office of the Vicar for Clergy. Those offices provided a joint recommendation to the Archbishop, who decided to place Father Collins on administrative leave pending any possible action by law enforcement and a full internal investigation.

Ultimately Father James Collins was found not suitable for ministry. His current status with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is not known.  His name does not appear on any of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s lists of credibly accused priests despite the fact that the Archdiocese’s internal review board has determined at least one allegation of abuse was substantiated. 

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