Assignment Record – Bishop James S. Rausch
Born: Sept. 4, 1928
St. Cloud bishop was Peter William Bartholome (1953-1968)
|1957||St. Mary's Cathedral||St. Cloud||MN||6/6||The cathedral had a school with 650 students.|
|1957||1967||Holy Angels||St. Cloud||MN||4/6, 5/6, 5/7, 5/8, 4/7, 3/7
||Holy Angels had a school with 212-82 students.|
|1957||1967||Cathedral High School||St. Cloud||MN||teacher; spiritual director 1957-1962||Cathedral High School had 515-774 boys and 631-903 boys.|
|1967||1968||On Duty Outside the Diocese/ Casa Santa Maria||Rome||Italy||Rausch earned a PhD in pastoral psychology from the Gregorian University in Rome.|
Bartholome was succeeded by George Henry Speltz (1968-1987)
|1972||On Duty Outside the Diocese/USCC||Washington||DC||Assistant General Secretary 1970-1972||Rausch was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of St. Cloud March 5, 1973, consecrated April 26, 1973.|
|1972||1977||NSCCB-USCC||Washington||DC||General Secretary||This was the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. Rausch succeeded Bishop Joseph Bernardin, and was known as a strong advocate of progressive issues.|
Phoenix bishop was James S. Rausch (1977-1981)
• Rausch was accused in a lawsuit settled in 2002 of sexually abusing a 17 year-old boy in 1979. His accuser said he first encountered Rausch when the bishop drove up beside him in a car and offered him a ride. The accuser said Rausch offered him money for sex, and that the bishop said his name was "Paul". The exchange of sex for money is said to have occurred on several occasions over a few months, during which time the boy was becoming addicted to heroin. Rausch is said to have suggested to the boy that he go to either Msgr. Robert Trupia or Rev. William T. Byrne for drug counseling. Both were priests of the Tucson diocese.
• Between 1995 and 2002 the Phoenix diocese was contacted twice regarding Rausch's "sexual improprieties".
Rausch was appointed Bishop of Phoenix Jan. 25, 1977 and was installed March 22, 1977.
Rausch died of a heart attack at age 52 on May 18, 1981.
Rausch's accuser claimed that in 1982 he was given a part time job in the Tuscon diocese's chancery in exchange for his silence. He worked there for six years.
When confronted by church officials in 1992 with an accusation against him, Trupia threatened to publicly expose scandalous information about Rausch.
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1957-1982)
• Letter from Rausch to Cardinal Medeiros re Paul Shanley Sept. 7, 1976