Richard Doc Bartz: Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Have Been Admitted, Established or Determined to Be Credible

Richard Doc Bartz

Ordained: 1974

  • 1973: St. Marcelline, Schaumberg, IL (CHI)
  • 1974: Ordained
  • 1974-1979: Ascension, Oak Park, IL (CHI)
  • 1980-1983: Transfiguration, Wauconda, IL (CHI)
  • 1984-1988: Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, IL (CHI)
  • 1988: St. Eulalia, Maywood, IL (CHI)
  • 1989-1997: Columbus Hospital, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1997-2001: St. Frances Cabrini Shrine, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 2001-2002: Ravenswood Hospital, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 2003-2019: Unknown

In 1987, Fr. Richard Barry Bartz was accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old at St. Ignatius College Prep, as well as the attempted abuse of another minor. Fr. Bartz was subsequently placed on indefinite leave but was allowed to return to ministry with supervision by 1988. In 1992, another survivor came forward and accused Fr. Bartz of child sexual abuse that was alleged to have occurred when he worked at Ascension in 1976. In 2002, Fr. Bartz resigned from ministry. He was laicized in 2015. Fr. Bartz is included in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s list of “Archdiocesan Priests with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors.” Fr. Bartz whereabouts and whether he has had access to children since 2003 are unknown.

Fr. Richard Barry Bartz Documents

5/8/74 – Ordained

6/27/73 – Deacon, St. Marcelline Parish

5/08/74 – Associate Pastor, Ascension Parish

6/11/79 – Associate Pastor, Transfiguration Parish

11/21/83 – Faculty, St. Mary of the Lake University

8/21/87            Report of abuse (AOC 006670)

8/21/87            Report of abuse (AOC 006671)

8/27/87            Letter from St. Ignatius High School Principal to Attorney Robert Fink regarding report to the IL Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) of the sexual abuse of a student by Bartz (AOC 006675-AOC 006676)

8/27/87            Memo regarding DCFS not required to pursue the report, no investigation needed and no need to alert the insurers (AOC 006678)

9/17/87            Indefinite medical leave of absence, address listed as St. Eulalia Parish, Maywood (AOC 006684)

3/4/88              Letter from Raymond Goedert outlining Bartz’s restrictions (AOC 006690 to AOC 006691)

7/1/88 – Resident, St. Eulalia Parish

11/12/91          Bartz removed from residence at St. Eulalia by the Commission and the Cardinal (AOC 006708)

2/4/92              Bartz restricted from working in the Pediatrics area of the hospital (AOC 006716)

7/8/92              Report of abuse (AOC 006720)

7/14/92            Report of abuse (AOC 006723)

8/21/93            Review Board Minutes determination regarding a reasonable cause to suspect that Bartz engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor and recommendation of restrictions (AOC 006755-006759)

8/21/93            Details of the Review Board written report and summary (AOC 006761-006763)

9/9/93              Bartz’s restrictions outlined (AOC 006771-AOC 006772)

7/1/88 – Chaplin, Columbus Hospital (Closed 2001)

01/03/96          Letter from Connelly to Cardinal Bernardin, Review Board recommendation to discontinue Bartz’s restrictions (AOD 006843)

3/26/97 – Rector, St. Frances Cabrini Shrine

5/5/2000          Individual Specific Protocols and Restrictions (AOC 006874)

2001 – Chaplain, Ravenswood Hospital

4/24/02            Allegation of sexual abuse against Bartz received by Archdiocese of Chicago

6/18/02            Letter of resignation to Cardinal George (AOC 006980)