Diocese of Scranton Statement Regarding Bishop Emeritus James C. Timlin

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(WBRE/WYOU-TV) Eyewitness News has learned the Diocese of Scranton has asked the independent review board to look into Bishop Emeritus James Timlin’s handling of abuse allegations during his time as head of the diocese.
     In the grand jury report, Timlin is accused of sending a letter to console a priest accused of raping a girl.
     The board will make recommendations on Timlin’s role in the diocese moving forward.
     The review process is underway and the diocese says it should have the board’s recommendations by August 31st.

We’ve learned the Diocese of Scranton has asked the independent review board to look into Bishop Emeritus James Timlin’s handling of abuse allegations during his time as head of the diocese.
     In the grand jury report, Timlin is accused of sending a letter to console a priest accused of raping a girl.
     The board will make recommendations on Timlin’s role in the diocese moving forward.
     The review process is underway — and the diocese says it should have the board’s recommendations by August 31st.

Here is the statement from the Diocese

Diocese of Scranton Statement Regarding Bishop Emeritus James C. Timlin

Following the release of the Grand Jury report, Bishop Bambera has instructed the Diocese’s Independent Review Board to conduct a formal assessment of Bishop Emeritus James Timlin’s handling of previous allegations of abuse during his time as the head of the Diocese of Scranton and to make recommendations as to his role in the Diocese moving forward. This review process has already begun and the recommendations are expected no later than August 31, 2018. Simultaneously, Bishop Bambera has referred the matter to the Holy See, which has authority over Bishop Timlin’s canonical status.  

This is consistent with how the Diocese handles all similar allegations.  As in all cases, while these matters are under review, Bishop Timlin is not authorized to represent the Diocese of Scranton in any public events, liturgical or otherwise.

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