Fr. James Benedict – Archdiocese of New Orleans

On Behalf of | May 4, 2020 | Abuser Profiles

Father James Benedict

Archdiocese of New Orleans 


Ordained: 1939

Died: 1984


Assigned as Follows:

  • Mater Dolorosa Church (New Orleans, LA)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. Augustine Church (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. Henry Church (New Orleans, LA)
  • Ursuline Convent and Academy (New Orleans, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father James Benedict:

Father James Benedict was first named publicly as a priest accused of sexual abuse on the Archdiocese of New Orlean’s list in November of 2018. It noted that the allegation was received in 2003, and referred to an incident that occurred in the late 1950’s. The Archdiocese of New Orleans did not include any further information about the nature of the misconduct, or the gender/age of the victim who made the claims against Father Benedict. 

James Benedict died in 1984. 

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today. Call us at 888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to [email protected].