Exhibit A, for your consideration. On Groundhog Day in 1998, Bishop Timlin, in his capacity as the Bishop of Scranton, removed the priestly faculties of the Diocese in the case of Robert Gibson for “reasons of health” (wink, wink!). Is it common to remove the priestly faculties of a man who has a legitimate physical ailment? If you go back through the files I think that every pedophile/sexual predator removed from his parish/diocesan posting for sexual abuse probably has a similar letter for “reasons of health”. I suspect that you will find that across the country and around the world because that was the way the coordinated actions of the Church Hierarchy worked.
By affixing his signature and seal before a witness, James Earley (who also signed the document), Bishop Timlin, actively and with full knowledge of credible accusations of Gibson’s sexual crimes, set out to deceive the parishioners of Gibson’s previous assignments, the Diocese of Scranton and the Catholic Church as a whole. He did so in an official church document. This is nothing short of fraud and conspiracy to protect a pedophile.
In fact, if you gather all the letters removing the priestly faculties of the men credibly accused of sexual misconduct, molestation and child rape I think you may have a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) Case.
18 U.S. Code § 1961 or “RICO” is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States. It allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise. I believe the Diocese of Scranton qualifies as an “ongoing criminal enterprise.” The fact that the Diocese moved Gibson across state lines to a church run center in Dittmer, Missouri satisfies the “interstate” conspiracy portion of the statute.
I think the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern Pennsylvania needs to get active and involved.