Bishops Cover Up in the Diocese of Scranton

Posted on: April 13, 2020 Catholic Church Sexual Abuse

Bishops Cover Up Diocese of ScrantonA lawsuit has been brought against Bishop James Timlin and Bishop Joseph Bambera for their part in covering up years of alleged sexual abuse by priests in the Diocese of Scranton.

After years of thinking it was “too late” to do anything about their abuse, four men have come forward and accused Father Michael Pulicare, the former assistant pastor of St Joseph’s Parish, of sexual abuse. Pulicare died in 1999 and the church was renamed Divine Mercy of St Joseph, which is located on Davis St in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Each man filed their own separate lawsuit.

The victims claim they were molested following a fishing trip with Father Pulicare when they were only eleven and twelve years of age. They also said the abuse occurred at the home of Father Pulicare’s parents. The abuse of one of the four victims continued for many years and in different locations, including the Diocese of Scranton headquarters, St. Peter’s Cathedral, and several other out of state locations. Acts of sodomy, rape, child pornography, and much more have left severe emotional scars that will likely last for the rest of the victim’s life.

The victims’ attorney stated Bishop James Timlin and Bishop Joseph Bambera knew Father Pulicare was abusing children and did nothing about it. Timlin also knew Pulicare was “grooming” the victim to be a priest-in-training. This “grooming” started when the victim was only 9-10 years of age and included sleeping in the same room and bed with Father Pulicare at the rectory of the Cathedral of St Peters. Bishop Timlin was also living under the same roof as Father Pulicare when all of this was taking place.

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