Fr. James M. Ford – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

| Oct 6, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father James Ford

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Ordained: 1966

Died: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1967-1971:      Holy Family (Orange, CA)
  • 1972:                Our Lady of Lourdes (Northridge, CA)
  • 1973-1976:      St. Raphael (Goleta, CA)
  • 1977-1980:      Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1981-1982:      San Buenaventura Mission (Ventura, CA)
  • 1983-1986:      St. Rose of Lima (Simi Valley, CA)
  • 1987-1994:      Our Lady of Peace (North Hills, CA)
  • 1995-2005:      San Roque (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 2006-2007:      Retired (Palm Springs, CA)
  • 2008:                Unknown
  • 2009-2011:      Retired, St. Joseph Church (Long Beach, CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James Ford:

Father James Ford was ordained a priest in 1966, who served in multiple parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, he was accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a 14-year-old altar boy from approximately 1968 to 1971 at Holy Family School in Orange and at Mater Dei High School.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles investigated and found no basis for the allegation, but Father Ford’s accuser received a settlement of $225,000 dollars. He told Archbishop Mahony of at least 19 other victims who told him they had been molested by the priest. Father Ford was sent to Santa Barbara in 1971 even after his accuser told two priests (both of whom were accused) that he was abused.

In 1987, a memo was placed in Father Ford’s file stating there had been multiple hearsay, verbal reports speculating that he may have been involved with inappropriate activity with high school boys. In 1994, the principal of San Roque reported that another teacher expressed concern about Father Ford inappropriately touching students.

Father Ford retired in 2005. In 2006, his faculties were removed and then restored in 2008. His name appeared on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He died in 2011. His personnel file was released in 2013, and included 340 pages.

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