Father James Gould
Diocese of Buffalo
Assigned as follows:
- 1969-1971 St. Peter’s Prep
- 1975-1983 St. Ann’s Church (Buffalo, NY)
- 1983-2008 Prefect of the Marshall Islands
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James Gould:
Father James Gould was a priest of the Franciscan Order. According to media reports, in November 2018, his name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s updated list of priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor. No information regarding the allegations was disclosed.
Church records show that the Diocese of Buffalo had known about Father Gould’s alleged abuse since 2011, when he admitted to abusing a minor. The information was included in a secret “black binder” of allegations given to Bishop Richard J. Malone when he was named bishop. An allegation against Father Gould was also included on a June 2018 agenda of the diocesan review board.
In January 2019, he was included on the Jesuit Northeast Province’s list of Jesuits credibly accused of molesting a child. According to media reports, In August 2019, Father Gould was named in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act alleging that he molested a 13-year-old boy at St. Ann’s Church in Buffalo from 1977-1978.
He is currently lives in Murray-Weigel Hall at Fordham University.
Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout New York. The Diocese of Buffalo filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Buffalo may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply. Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Buffalo if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.