Church in Crisis
The Rev. Joseph Stoltz

Louisville Courier-Journal
September 29, 2002

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Stoltz, who was ordained in 1973, is accused in one lawsuit of sexual abuse of a teen-age boy. Stoltz had undergone counseling, been evaluated and been placed on a restricted ministry in 1990 after an individual came to the Archdiocese of Louisville with an allegation of sexual abuse from the 1970s. On June 17 Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly removed Stoltz from his job as sacramental moderator at St. William parish after the nation's bishops adopted a new, tougher policy on sexual abuse. Stoltz did not return a call seeking comment.

PLAINTIFF: Bernard Wiseman (declined to be interviewed)
AGE: 43
ADDRESS: Louisville
FILED SUIT: Sept. 18
DEFENDANT: Archdiocese of Louisville
DATE AND LOCATION OF ALLEGED ABUSE: 1975 to 1977, St. Edward parish
ACCUSATION: Sexual abuse
DETAILS OF ALLEGATION: Wiseman said in his lawsuit that Stoltz abused him when he was between the ages of 16 and 17 and a member of St. Edward.
WAS ANYONE TOLD: A friend, according to Wiseman's lawyer, John D. Cox


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