Fr. James Joseph Reilly

Ordained: 1945
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Fort Worth TX

Ordained for the Dallas diocese, incardinated into Ft. Worth diocese when it was formed in 1969. Retired in 1987. Died in 1999 of Alzheimer’s. Accused in the 2000s of abuse of four youths about 30 years prior. One accuser came forward in 2002; Diocese waited three years to tell him about other accusers. Suit filed by eleven men; settled in 11/06 for undisclosed amount. Building named after Reilly at former church was renamed as part of settlement. Seven more victims later came forward and settled without litigation in 2009 and 2010. More claims settled in 5/11, 6/11, 6/12, 4/13 and 3/14. About thirty known accusers as of 2014. On Dallas diocese’s list 1/31/19.

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