|Rev. James H. Ford
Summary of Case: Ford was accused in a February 2012 lawsuit of having sexually abused a young boy in the 1970s. Also in February 2012 Kansas City-St. Joseph diocesan representatives stated that they received a report in 1995 from another person who claimed to have been sexually abused as a child by Ford, in the early 1980s. Ford left the priesthood in 1986 and died in 1992, possibly of AIDS.
Incardinated: Kansas City-St. Joseph
Kansas-City bishop was Charles Herman Helmsing (1962-1977)
• Ford was accused in a Feb. 2012 lawsuit of having sexually abused a young boy in the 1970s at Holy Cross.
|MO||2/2, 2/3||Holy Cross had a school with 215-355 students.|
John Joseph Sullivan succeeded Helmsing (1977-1993)
|1979||St. John Francis Regis||Kansas City||MO||3/3||St. John's had a school with 385-354 students.|
• Diocesan representatives stated in Feb. 2012 that a person reported to them in 1995 that they were sexually abused by Ford in the early 1980s. The diocese settled with and provided counseling for that person.
|MO||2/3, 2/4||St. Peter's had a school wit 381-528 students, and a preschool until 1981 with 53 students.|
|1983||1985||Post-Graduate Studies||Boston||MA||Ford is not indexed in the 1984 or 1985 Directories. Per news reports, he was in post-graduate studies at Boston College.|
|1985||1986||Christ the King||Kansas City||MO||4/4 In residence.||Christ the King had a school with 341 students, and a preschool with 57 students.|
|1985||1987||Center for Pastoral Life and Ministry||Kansas City||MO||Coordinator of New Wine|
|1986||St. Mark's||Independence||MO||2/2||Ford is not indexed beyond the 1987 Directory.
Per news reports, Ford resigned from ministry in 1986, and died in 1992, possibly of AIDS.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1974-1988)
• Lawsuit Filed against Catholic Diocese Alleges Abuse from Now-dead Priest, By Laura McCallister, Multimedia Producer, Jonathan, Carter, KCTV, February 10, 2012
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