Sexually Abused by a priest in the Diocese of Scranton? Talk to a lawyer today.

| Nov 9, 2018 | Catholic Church

Our law firm is offering free, confidential evaluations of clergy sexual abuse claims involving priests of the Diocese of Scranton.  We have been handling clergy abuse cases for many years and have the experience you need to seek justice for what happened to you. Contact us today at (954) 641-2100 or send an e-mail to [email protected] to find out your legal options.

The facts are clear: the Diocese of Scranton engaged in the coverup of the sexual abuse of children for decades.

The Diocese of Scranton has been home to some of the most notorious priests alleged to have committed child sexual abuse. Thanks to a recent scathing grand jury report, the facts are now coming to light about how the Diocese officials, including its bishops, protected predator priests, not the innocent children in its flock.  Victims of abuse by priests in the Diocese of Scranton may be able to seek justice in a court of law for what occurred.

The Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report reveals mountains of evidence of sexual abuse of minors committed by dozens of priests in the Diocese of Scranton.  This sexual abuse included grooming and fondling of genitals and/or intimate body parts, as well as penetration of the vagina, mouth, or anus.

The civil lawsuits that have been filed against the Diocese of Scranton and the extensive Grand Jury Report into the practices of the Diocese of Scranton have exposed a culture of sexual abuse, cover-up, and efforts by church to protect the reputation of the Diocese of Scranton even if it meant putting children in harm’s way. The Grand Jury report identified a staggering 59 priests accused of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Scranton.  Under pressure from the general public and fellow bishops to release the identities of all priests credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors, Bishop Joseph Bambera released the names of 73 credibly accused or admitted clergy and non-clergy affiliates of the Diocese of Scranton.

Quite disturbingly, it has since been publicly revealed that former Diocese of Scranton Bishops J. Carroll McCormick, Jerome Hannan, and James Timlin each failed to stop multiple instances of clergy child abuse when the priests’ misconduct was credibly reported to the Diocese of Scranton.  In addition, they each failed to timely report the overwhelming amount of reports received to law enforcement.  As a result, the president of the University of Scranton recently announced that buildings named for three former bishops of the Diocese of Scranton will be renamed. This follows the decision of Bishop Bambera to remove the names of the three former Bishops of the Diocese from all church buildings.  The Diocese of Scranton also announced that Bishop Emeritus James Timlin will no longer represent the diocese at public events.

The Diocese of Scranton has established a voluntary compensation fund for survivors of sexual abuse in Scranton, but you must act soon.

Recently, the Bishop of Scranton, Joseph Bambera, announced that the Diocese of Scranton has formed a confidential, voluntary compensation settlement fund for victims of sexual abuse by clergy of the Diocese of Scranton.  The fund, which is modeled after similar funds in New York, will compensate victims in a shorter, more cursory process than full-blown litigation. Respected attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who administered the New York claims and other high profile, sensitive claims like the 9/11 Fund, and his business manager, Camille Biros, will review each claim as a neutral third party and award compensation.  We have extensive experience handling claims in the New York funds and are very familiar with the process and expectations of Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros in the process.

All claims must be registered by July 31, 2019, so it is extremely important that you act today to protect your rights under the fund.  Contact us today.

We have identified 79 priests accused of sexually abusing children in the Diocese of Scranton.

Through our own research, we have identified 79 priests, 1 nun, and 5 lay employees who worked in the Diocese of Scranton who have been credibly accused or who have admitted to abusing kids. The list below includes many habitual re-offenders and other priests who allegedly committed abuse.  In some cases, priests were alleged to have abused kids at multiple parishes:

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Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or [email protected] to discuss your options today.