Fr. Joseph L. Welsh

Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Per docs released in 9/02, officials were warned in 1993 and again in 2001 that Welsh had abused children in two parishes. He was nonetheless promoted in 1997. One woman complained in 1993 that Welsh had raped her son. Another mother wrote to the archdiocese in 2001. Removed 2/02 and resigned 3/02 “as requested” after three brothers complained of abuse over a 20-year period. Welsh was in seminary with five other known abusers. Last known to be living in Carver, MA. Assigned to life of prayer and penance 2004. He died in St. Louis, MO 2/8/19.

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