A friend emailed me a link to an article reporting that Professor Barry Kuhle stood up and turned his back on Bishop Joseph Bambera of Scranton during the Bishop’s remarks at the inauguration of the Father Scott R. Pilarz S.J. as the new President of the University of Scranton.
The article reported that Professor Kuhle’s sister was sexually assaulted by a temple leader in her pre-teens. She committed suicide in 2007 and the day of the inauguration would have been her 42nd birthday.
Professor Kuhle has called for Bishop Bambera to resign in the wake of the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report. I would like to add my voice to that call.
Bishop Bambera has admitted to returning Robert Gibson to a parish by order of Bishop James Timlin. He should have known better. His defense is that he was following Timlin’s directions. If he had a moral backbone, he would have turned Gibson over to the police. Gibson was subsequently caught grooming another boy after Bambera released him back into the Diocese.
Well done, Professor!
The University of Scranton, Class of ’82
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.
The Times-Leader is reporting that the Diocese of Scranton has suspended another priest accused of “sexual misconduct” with a minor. The priest was identified as Thomas Shoback who was assigned as the Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary in Jermyn, Pennsylvania.
Shoback is the brother of Edward Shoback, a priest who was accused of similar crimes in 2004. He admitted guilt was eventually defrocked.
As more information becomes available, I will provide updates.
I wonder if the diocese is trying to fly under the radar as the Penn State investigation is still ruling the front page?
I have completed my defection request correspondence and mailed it off to the Diocese of Brooklyn on my way into the office this morning. I suspect it will hit Prospect Park West sometime on Monday or Tuesday. I was sure to include a copy of my baptismal certificate to help the research process along, you know how these bureaucracies can grind on when all the source documentation is not readily available.
I also provided a courtesy copy of my defection request to the Victim Assistance Coordinator at the Diocese of Scranton. On the outside chance the Diocese of Brooklyn may have some questions I don’t want the folks on Wyoming Avenue in Scranton to be surprised when an inquiry comes in about Father Gibson and his taste for sexually assaulting little boys.
I am giving it a couple of weeks for an initial response. If I hear nothing, I will resubmit via registered mail.
The clock is running.
My next letter writing campaign will be to the US Attorney for Pennsylvania requesting an investigation into the long-term criminal conspiracy to cover up sexual crimes and obstruct justice by the Diocese of Scranton and the Bishops that have guided that curia.