Fr. Joseph Walsh – Diocese of Pueblo

| Dec 3, 2020 | Catholic Church, Sex

Father Joseph Walsh

Diocese of Pueblo

Ordained: 1935

Died: 1960

Assigned as follows:

  • Sacred Heart Orphanage (Sacred Heart Orphanage, Pueblo, CO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Walsh:

Father Joseph Walsh was ordained a priest in 1935, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Pueblo. According to media reports, in December 2020, the Attorney General’s Office released a supplemental report of the allegations made in the Colorado Dioceses’ voluntary compensation fund. According to the report, Fr. Joseph Walsh was one of the newly identified priests who served in the Diocese of Pueblo

Victim #1

According to the report, Fr. Joseph Walsh was the subject of a report that he was sexually abusing an orphan boy when he was 4- to 8-years-old at the Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado from 1951-1954.

First, Fr. James Walsh enticed the child, taking him to the ice cream parlor. Then, Walsh sexually abused the child on the drives to and from the ice cream trips and then it carried on numerous times in the rectory while he served at the Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado from 1951-1954.

In 1969 and 1981, Victim #1 reported the sexual abuse to the Diocese of Pueblo, alerting two Bishops. Shockingly, neither Bishops reported the abuse, never took any action against Fr. Joseph Walsh. Rather, they never restricted him from being in close proximity to children and never removed him from ministry.

In fact, in 1981, the Bishop told Victim #1 that nobody would believe him and that he should keep the incident to himself so that doesn’t damage the church.

Victim #2

According to the report, Fr. Joseph Walsh repeatedly sexually abused this young female orphan during her entire 6-year tenure at the Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado.

Walsh sexually abused Victim #2 when she was 7- to 13-years-old at the Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado from 1951-1957.

Fr. James Walsh enticed her onto his lap with candy to begin sexually abusing her. Victim #2 would try hiding from Fr. Walsh but that never stopped him from sexually abusing her.

When the report was received in 2019, the Diocese of Pueblo reported the abuse to law enforcement, however, they did not independently investigate the report because Joseph Walsh had died before the report was made against him.

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