Fr. Edward J. Shoback – Diocese of Scranton

Fr. Edward Shoback – Diocese of Scranton

Fr. Edward J. Shoback

Ordained:     1967

Removed:     2004

Laicized (removed from the priesthood): 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1967            St. Ann (Shohola, PA)
  • 1967-1968        St. Stephen (Plymouth, PA)
  • 1968-1970        Holy Rosary (Ashley, PA)
  • 1970-1974        St. Therese (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1974-1980        St. Aloysius (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1980-1987        St. John Nepomucene (Luzerne, PA)
  • 1987-1989        Transfiguration (West Hazleton, PA)
  • 1989-2004        Ss. Peter and Paul (Scranton, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Edward Shoback:

In 2002, the Diocese of Scranton received a report from an adult man who stated that he was sexually abused by Shoback in approximately 1977.  Shoback denied the allegation and it appears that no further action was taken. Shoback remained in ministry despite the U.S. bishops’ adoption of the “zero tolerance policy” in Dallas, Texas, only weeks earlier.

In 2004, a second man contacted the Diocese of Scranton to report he was abused in 1981 as a 12 year old boy.  The priest invited the boy to the rectory to watch a movie and performed oral sex on him.

Three days later, a third man contacted the Diocese of Scranton to report that he too was abused.  A few days later, a fourth man also reported his abuse by Shoback.

Shoback admitted to the first set of 2004 allegations.  He was removed from ministry.

Three more victims came forward in response to the Diocese of Scranton’s notice in parish bulletins that Shoback had been removed.

The Diocese of Scranton received additional complaints in 2007 and 2009, bringing the total number of reports to the Diocese of Scranton to nine.

According to the Diocese of Scranton, Shoback was eventually laicized, but it did not provide a date.  The grand jury report does not indicate he was laicized, as it generally does for other priests removed from the priesthood.  Therefore, Shoback’s status with the Church is not clear.

At any rate, Shoback is still alive and believed to be residing in the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, area. He is 76 years old.

Shoback’s brother, Thomas P. Shoback, also became a priest of the Diocese of Scranton.  In 2013, Thomas Shoback was convicted of nine charges relating to his sexual abuse of a child as well.

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