Fr. Joseph F. Sharpe

Fr. Joseph F. Sharpe

Ordination: 1943

Notes: At least two survivors have come forward alleging child sexual abuse by Msgr. Joseph F. Sharpe between approximately 1958 and 1964. In 1971, a survivor wrote to Archbishop Manning and alleged that his confessor Msgr. Sharpe sexually abused him while he was a junior in high school. The Archdiocese Personnel Board forced Msgr. Sharpe to resign in 1973 for “various personal problems” and undisclosed “job performance issues.” Shortly after his forced resignation, he was incardinated in 1976 into the Diocese of Orange. Msgr. Sharpe was named in a 2003 civil lawsuit. Msgr. Sharpe was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors.


1944 Holy Name of Jesus, Los Angeles, CA

1944 Transfiguration, Los Angeles, CA

1945-1946 U.S Navy Chaplain

1946 Visitation Church, Los Angeles, CA

1947-1949 St. Agnes’, Los Angeles, CA

1950-1952 Catholic University, Washington D.C.

1952 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Hammel), Los Angeles, CA; Catholic Girls’ School, Los Angeles, CA

1953 St. Timothy, Los Angeles, CA

1954 St. Emydius, Lynwood, CA

1955-1958 Pius X High School, Hollydale, CA

1959 Unknown 1960 Cathedral Chapel, Los Angeles, CA

1961-1964 Christ the King, Los Angeles, CA

1965-1974 Santa Clara’s Church, Santa Clara, CA

1975-1976 Retired

1977-1978 St. John the Baptist, Costa Mesa, CA

1979-1981 Our Lady Queen of the Angels, Newport Beach (Corona Del Mar), California

1982-1983 Retired

1978-1998 St. John Vianney, Balboa Island, Newport Beach, CA

1998 Retired

1999 Died

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