Rev. Joseph H. Stoltz

Summary of Case: Stoltz was first accused in 1990 of having abused a boy in the 1970s. He was sent to counseling and put on restricted ministry. He was removed from ministry in June 2002 after the U.S. Catholic Bishops implemented a new "zero tolerance" policy. A second man subsequently reported that he had been sexually abused as a teenager by Stoltz in the 1970s. Stoltz was laicized in August 2004.

: 1973


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Louisville archbishop was Thomas Joseph McDonough (1967-1981)

1977 St. Bernard


• A man came forward in 1990 to report that Stoltz had sexually abused him as a boy in the 1970s. (Courier-Journal [Louisville, KY]
October 13, 2002)




Parish had a school wtih 309-411 students.
1977 1980 St. Edward's


A second man accused Stoltz, in 2002, of having sexually abused him as a teenager and St. Edward's parishioner, from 1975-1977. (Louisville Courier-Journal
September 29, 2002)

KY 2/2 Parish had a school with 540-580 students.


McDonough was succeeded by Thomas Cajetan Kelly, O.P. (1981-2007)

1982 St. Benedict Louisville KY 1/1  
1980 1982 Senate of Priests        
1985 1986 Priests' Council        
1982 1986 St. Mary's Louisville KY



1986 1987 Our Lady of Peace Hospital Louisville KY Chaplain This was a psychiatric hospital.
1991 1993 Retired      

Stoltz is indexed as retired, but is not listed as such in the Louisville diocesan pages of the Directories.

He was sent to counseling and put on restricted ministry in 1990 after an allegation that he had sexually abused a boy in the 1970s. (Louisville Courier-Journal
September 29, 20)

1993 1995 Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital Louisville KY Chaplain  
1995 2002 Caritas Medical Center Louisville KY Chaplain  
1999 2002 St. William's Louisville KY



Stoltz was removed from ministry in June 2002 due to an allegation of abuse of a minor in the 1970s. (Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
October 13, 2002)

Stoltz was laicized, per his request, in Aug. 2004. (Courier-Journal
October 21, 2004)

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1960-2003)

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This assignment record was last updated on Jan. 22, 2010