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Timlin Permanently Barred From Representing Scranton Diocese

August 31, 2018

The bishop for the Diocese of Scranton announced he has permanently barred former bishop James C. Timlin from representing the diocese at any functions and is referring his case to the Vatican to determine if any further action should be taken.

The Most Rev. Joseph Bambera said he did not make the decision lightly. He felt the action was appropriate given the scathing statewide grand jury report issued Aug. 14 that revealed Timlin mishandled sexual abuse cases.

“It is important that I make this very clear: Bishop Timlin did not abuse children, nor has he ever been accused of having done so,” Bambera said in a statement. “Instead, he mishandled some cases of abuse. He presided over the Diocese of Scranton for nearly 20 years – a time in which the Diocese fell short of its duty to protect children. And, in many of the cases detailed in the Grand Jury report, Bishop Timlin fell short, too. While he followed the existing rules and policies when handling most of these cases, there was more he could have done to protect children.”

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