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Fr. James J. Walsh – Diocese of Scranton

Father James Walsh 

Diocese of Scranton 

James Walsh  Diocese of Scranton Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1972

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; St. Joseph Parish (West Wyoming, PA)
  • 2009 St. Francis of Assisi; 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 Walsh:

Father James Walsh was ordained a priest in 1972, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Scranton. According to media reports, in March 2019, the Diocese received an allegation of sexual assault involving . 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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On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, the Diocese of Scranton announced the resignation of Father James J. Walsh, pastor of Saint Maria Goretti Parish in Laflin, following an investigation into an allegation of sexual assault that occurred in 1979. The alleged abuse occurred while Father Walsh was serving as assistant pastor at the Church of St. Gregory in Clarks Green. The diocese said the allegation did not involve a minor and notified the district attorney’s office immediately upon learning of the incident.

The Diocese of Scranton hired a professional investigator to conduct the investigation. It was then that another allegation involving Father Walsh’s inappropriate behavior with an adult was discovered. Additionally, two prior reports of possible misconduct involving Walsh were reviewed.

Father Walsh denied all allegations, but diocesan officials deemed the allegations to be credible. When Bishop Joseph C. Bambera told Walsh he was going to remove him as Pastor, Father Walsh resigned from ministry.

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