Fr. John J. Tamalis – Diocese of Scranton

Father John J. Tamalis – Diocese of Scranton

Fr. John Tamalis

Ordained: 1971
Leave of absence: 1997
Removed from Ministry: 1998
Laicized (removed from priesthood): 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • 1971 St. Mary of the Mount (Mt. Pocono, PA)
  • 1971-1976 Queen of Peace (Hawley, PA)/St. Boniface (Williamsport,PA)
  • 1976-1985 Lycoming College (Williamsport, PA)
  • 1985-1990 Holy Child (Mansfield, PA)
  • 1990-1996 St. Lawrence (South Williamsport, PA)
  • 1996-1997 St. Boniface (Williamsport, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Tamalis:

In February 1997, an adult man reported to the Diocese of Scranton that he was sexually abused by Father John Tamalis in 1976 when he was 13 years old. He stated that Tamalis gave him alcohol and then performed oral sex upon him.

In response, Tamalis was sent for a psychological evaluation wherein he estimated that he had sexual contact with at least nine boys during his time as a priest, though experts cautioned the Diocese of Scranton that was likely a very low estimate.

Likely as a result of his admission, Tamalis was placed on a leave of absence from his work as a priest. He was not formally removed from ministry (with suspended faculties) until a year after the first report.

According to the grand jury report, “additional victims” came forward to report abuse by Tamalis, but the report does not include details as to the number of victims, or their ages/genders or Tamalis’ assignment at the time of the abuse.

Tamalis was laicized (removed from the priesthood) by the Vatican in 2007.

Tamalis is still alive and is believed to be residing in the Unityville, Pennsylvania, area. He is 74 years old.

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