Fr. Joseph Pritchard – Archdiocese of San Francisco

| Dec 3, 2020 | Catholic Church, Sex

Father Joseph Pritchard

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Diocese of San Jose

Ordained: 1948

Died: 1988

Assignment History:

  • 1948-1953 St. Brendan’s (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1949-1953: Diocesan Commission on Church Music
  • 1953-1956: Bishop O’Dowd High School (Oakland, CA)
  • 1956-1970: Serra High School for Boys (San Mateo, CA)
  • 1970-1971: St. Cyprian’s (Sunnyvale, CA)
  • 1971-1979: St. Martin’s (San Jose, CA)
  • 1979-1988: St. Nicholas (Los Altos, CA)
  • 1979-1988: Residential Park for the Aged (Seven Oaks, CA)
  • 1986-1988: Special Assistance Ministry Board Chairman

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Joseph Pritchard:

Fr. Joseph T. Pritchard was accused of sexually abusing at least 20 children, including his nephew. According to media reports, in 2003, Pritchard’s nephew reported that he had been sexually abused as a child by his uncle and that his mother reported the abuse to church officials in 1959, but nothing was ever done. Several victims allege the abuse occurred in Pritchard’s living quarters in the 1970s while he served at St. Martin’s in San Jose, California.

According to media reports, since 2002, at least twenty-three civil lawsuits have been filed alleging that Pritchard sexually abused minors. According to court records, files showed that Pritchard admitted that he abused a 14-year-old in 1973. The Archdiocese of San Francisco settled the vast majority of these lawsuits in a $21.2 million settlement.

He was listed on the Oakland Diocese’s 2019 list of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Pritchard died in 1988.

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