Fr. James C. Wolf

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1957
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Accused in a civil suit along with Revs. Jim Buser and Gale Leifeld of molesting a student in the 1970s at a Capuchin run high school and after graduation. The plaintiff was a counselor for men abused by clergy and claimed his therapy in 1992 revealed flashbacks. Case tried in 1995. Jury decided it was not filed within the statute of limitations. Two of the priests admitted abusing other boys but not the plaintiff in this case. Included on the Capuchin Friars’ list of those with substantiated allegations against them 8/19/21, which notes, “Retired/Restrict in Ministry” since 2005. Included in the MI A.G.’s 10/22 report; assigned 1963-1976 in the Marquette diocese. In 2008 a man reported to the Marquette diocese that Wolf sexually abused him over two years in the 1970s when he was ages 11-12. In 2011 a man alleged abuse by Wolf when he was 20 in 1971-72. 


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