Video Interview With Bishop Bambera: Some Accused Priests Still Get Money From Scranton Diocese
By Terrie Morgan-Besecker Staff Writer SCRANTON — Some Diocese of Scranton priests accused of sexual misconduct who have not been laicized continue to receive a minimal amount of money from the diocese to meet their basic needs, the Most. Rev. Joseph Bambera told The Times-Tribune during an interview this afternoon. Bambera, Scranton’s bishop, said the Vatican gave those priests a “life of prayer and penance” but did not dismiss them from the clerical state. In those instances, canon law requires the church to provide them minimal substance to meet their needs. The bishop did not elaborate on how much they receive or how many accused priests are receiving money. “It’s certainly not a salary,” Bambera said. “It’s a minimal amount of money canon law requires me to give.” Among the priests continuing to receive financial support is the Rev. Martin Boylan, who was suspended from the ministry in April 2016, based on allegations a then 18-year-old man made that Boylan abused him when he was 8 years old while at St. Vincent’s camp in Honesdale. The Wayne County district attorney’s office investigated the claims, but no charges were ever filed. Boylan denies the claims and is challenging his suspension from the church. Pope Fancis has not yet made a decision on whether to laicize Boylan or to order him to a life of prayer and penance. Since he was not laicized, the church is required to continue providing him minimal financial support. Bambera also told the newspaper he will make public a report by the diocesan Independent Review Board that is looking into how former Bishop James C. Timlin handled allegations of child sexual abuse by priests. Bambera forbade Timlin from taking part in any diocese functions in the wake of the statewide investigating grand jury’s report that questioned how Timlin handled child sexual abuse cases. On Friday, Bambera asked the review board to provide him a recommendation on whether Timlin should be barred permanently from taking take part in Diocese functions. The report is expected to be completed by Aug. 31. Check back for updates. Contact the writer: email@example.com; 570-348-9137; @tmbeseckerTT on Twitter.
Times-Tribune staff writer Terrie Morgan-Besecker conducted a one-on-one interview this afternoon with the Most. Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, the Diocese of Scranton’s bishop, about some of the findings in the recently released grand jury report on sexual abuse of children Here is her interview with Bishop Bambera.