Fr. James O’Neill – Diocese of Charlotte 

| Jul 21, 2021 | Catholic Church, Sex

Fr. James O’Neill (Oblates)

Diocese of Charlotte

Ordained: 1967

Removed: 2002

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1968-1973:  (Alexandria, VA)
  • 1973-1986: Salesianum School (Wilmington, DE)
  • 1986-1990: Archbishop Wood High School (Warminster, PA)
  • 1991-2002: St. Paul the Apostle (Greensboro, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. James O’Neill:

Fr. James O’Neill was ordained a priest in 1967, and served in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in 2002, Delaware’s Attorney General received an allegation against O’Neill of sexual abuse of a minor from 1976 to 1985, while he was principal of the Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware. When the Diocese of Charlotte was alerted in April of that year, the priest was removed as pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Greensboro, where he had been assigned by his supervising order. According to court documents, O’Neill admitted the abuse.

In 2019, Fr. O’Neill was residing at a supervised Oblates-owned facility in Maryland. There are no abuse allegations documented from his ministry here in the 1990s and early 2000s. His name has been included on multiple lists of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse including: OSFS Wilmington-Philadelphia Province and the Diocese of Arlington.

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