The parish is one of the establishment Catholic churches in Perth and often hosts prominent society weddings and baptisms.
WA Police confirmed this morning in a statement that Father Walsh allegedly stole about $252,000 in church funds between 2014 and 2017.
The financial probe of St Joseph’s was ordered by the Archbishop’s office in December last year after complaints by parishioners.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Perth referred the case to police in June after what it called a “protracted and complex” inquiry.
Father Walsh left St Joseph’s in 2016 and was appointed chaplain of All Saints Chapel in the city.
A spokesman for Archbishop Costelloe said yesterday Father Walsh was removed as priest in charge of Allendale Square Chapel after he came under investigation by police.
“The Archdiocese of Perth is unable to comment on Rev Fr Joseph Walsh, given the matter is now before the courts,” the spokesman said.
When it launched its financial inquiry into St Joseph’s, the Archbishop’s office said the probe was seeking to ensure “professional governance” and demonstrate due diligence.
At the time, the inquiry was slated to last only a few weeks, but ended up running for almost six months.
Four people are dead after a mass shooting near a famous Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg, as it was revealed police were going to arrest the gunman only hours before the attack.
A widescale manhunt is currently underway in the area, which has been locked down after the attack at 7pm local time (5am AEDT).
On-duty soldiers exchanged fire with the gunman and injured him, but could not stop him escaping.
“There were gun shots and people running everywhere,” one local shopkeeper told local media station BFM TV.
“It lasted about 10 minutes.”