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Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Scranton

With 120 parishes and a membership base of nearly a quarter of a million registered Catholics, the Diocese of Scranton serves the counties of Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and Wyoming. The Diocese is currently providing Catholic education to 14,500 children from pre-school through high school across 20 schools.

In August 2018, the Diocese of Scranton was included in a Grand Jury report that identified 59 sexual abusers who served or were employed by the Diocese, giving detailed summaries of abuse perpetrated by Father Robert Caparelli, Monsignor Joseph Hammond, and Father Thomas Skotek. According to the report, these examples provide a window into the conduct of past Pennsylvania Bishops and the crimes they permitted to occur on their watch. This includes the actions – and inactions – of Bishop J. Carroll McCormick and Bishop James Timlin. Read the complete 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report.

Read the complete 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

Diocese of Scranton Independent Survivors Compensation Program (ISCP)

On November 8, 2018, the Diocese of Scranton announced a plan to launch the Independent Survivors Compensation Program (ISCP) to compensate victims of sexual abuse. The Program will be administered by Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros of Feinberg Rosen LLP, who will be overseen by a committee, also independent of the Diocese.

  • This financial compensation is available now, regardless of the statute of limitations or when the sexual abuse occurred.
  • Survivor participation in the Program is voluntary.
  • Both survivors who have an existing claim and those filing for the first time can seek compensation.
  • Information provided by survivors will be maintained as confidential.
  • There is no confidentiality requirement of any kind for participating survivors, and they may share details of their experience with whomever they wish.
  • New claim registration deadline: July 31, 2019
  • Existing claim submission deadline: September 30, 2019

The Diocese announced registration for the ISCP is open as of January 22, 2019, to all survivors, whether the abuser was a priest from the Diocese of Scranton, from a religious order, or was a lay employee of the Diocese. Visit the official ISCP page for more details. Before making such an important decision concerning such a serious and sensitive matter, we encourage all survivors of priest sexual abuse to consult with legal counsel before proceeding with a claim as part of these compensation programs in Pennsylvania.

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From simply listening to your story without judgment to assistance navigating the complexities of compensation programs and statutes of limitations, we are ready to help Pennsylvania child sex abuse survivors find justice and healing. Our law firm of legal professionals and advocates has more than three decades of experience working with survivors of sexual abuse and litigating cases against Catholic dioceses and religious orders nationwide. Contact us today. Your information will remain completely confidential.

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Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Scranton

Click the name of an accused priest, cleric or diocesan employee from the list below for more details about their assignment history as well as, when available, pertinent biographical information, photo, and links to related news. All information has been collected from public sources.

Please remember, you are not alone. The abuse you experienced is not your fault. Healing is possible.