Father James J. Fedor – Diocese of Scranton
Leave of Absence: 1991-1994
Laicized (removed from priesthood): 1994
Assigned as follows:
- 1973-1977 Holy Trinity (Swoyersville, PA)
- 1977-1979 St. Peter (Scranton, PA)
- 1979-1980 St. John the Evangelist (Scranton, PA)
- 1980-1982 St. Rose of Lima (Carbondale, PA)
- 1982-1983 St. Patrick (Scranton, PA)
- 1983 St. Mary (Avoca, PA)
- 1983-1984 Holy Family Residence (Scranton, PA)
- 1984-1985 St. Joseph (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
- 1985-1986 Holy Ghost (Olyphant, PA)
- 1986-1987 Christ the King (Dunmore, PA)
- 1987-1991 Holy Family Residence (Scranton, PA)
- 1991-1994 Leave of Absence
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James Fedor:
From 1981 to 1986, according to the grand jury report, Father James Fedor sought counseling for his sexual attraction to young girls. From 1986-1987, he received additional treatment, though the grand jury report is not clear as to whether this second attempt at treatment was mandated by the Diocese of Scranton.
In 1991, Bishop James Timlin gave Fedor an indefinite leave of absence, a highly unusual move unless there were major problems that meant it was better for Fedor to be absent from the Diocese of Scranton than to be working as a priest. He was laicized by the Vatican in 1994.
In 2012, the Diocese of Scranton received a letter from an anonymous woman who said she was abused by Fedor from 1978-1980, starting when she was 10 years old.
Fedor’s name appears on the list of credibly accused priests released by the Diocese of Scranton in August 2018. Because the Diocese policies do not allow the consideration of anonymous complaints to be investigated, this suggests that there is at least one other allegation against Fedor that was not discussed by the grand jury, but that the Diocese of Scranton’s review board deemed credible after investigation.
Fedor is still living and believed to be residing in the Virginia Beach, Virginia, area. He is 71 years old.
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