Tag: Scranton sexual abuse

DIOCESE OF SCRANTON: EIGHT MORE ADDED TO LIST OF PERSONS CREDIBLY ACCUSED OF CHILD SEX ABUSE

POPULAR PRIEST ONE OF EIGHT MORE ADDED TO DIOCESE OF SCRANTON LIST 

On Thursday, October 29, 2020, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of the Diocese of Scranton added eight more people to the list of dozens of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. The Diocese list was first published in August 2018 on the Diocese of Scranton’s website. In January 2019, eleven more names were added and two more in October 2019. 

All of the newly added eight names were submitted to the Independent Survivors Compensation Program (ISCP), first launched in January 2019. The eight new people added to list consist of six clergy members, one lay teacher, and a religious brother.  Those deemed credible are corroborated by secular legal proceedings, canon law proceedings, admission by the accused, and/or other information or evidence.  Together with its list of credible accused persons, the Diocese also announced that it paid more than $24 million out to more than 200 victims of clergy abuse.

The clergy members added are Edmund Byrne, Joseph Conboy, Francis Corcoran, Walter Ferrett, Hugh McGroarty, and Monsignor Joseph P. Kelly.  Monsignor Kelly, 80, is the only clergy member who is living. The well known priest worked at Boys Town in Nebraska, helped found and worked at Project Hope, was the director of Camp St. Andrew, and taught in diocesan schools for 25 years. He also served as the head of Catholic Social Services for ten years and was director of St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen in Scranton. 

Monsignor Kelly retired in 2015, but remained a volunteer at the soup kitchen until a replacement was found. Multiple allegations against him prompted the Diocese of Scranton to enact the Essential Norms of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and placed him on administrative leave. He denied the accusations.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims on behalf of children who were sexually abused by clergy and lay employees of the Diocese of Scranton.  If you or someone you know was sexually abused by a clergy member of any religious faith, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Fr. James Gormley (Jesuit) – Diocese of Scranton

Father James Gormley (Jesuit)

Diocese of Scranton

Ordained: 1954

Died: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1948-1951      Scranton Preparatory School (Scranton, PA) 
  • 1956-1959      Scranton Preparatory School (Scranton, PA) 
  • 1959-1960      St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1960-1965      Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues (Wernersville, PA) 
  • 1965-1972      St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1973-1975      Georgetown Preparatory School (N. Bethesda, MD) 
  • 1975-1981      St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1982-1983      Holy Rosary Catholic Academy (San Bernadino, CA)
  • 1983-1985      Waldron Academy (Merion Station, PA) 
  • 1985-1993      Holy Child Infirmary and School (Rosemont, PA) 
  • 1993-1997      Wheeling Jesuit University (Wheeling, WV) 
  • 1998-1999      St. Jude Church (Radford, VA) 
  • 1999-2000      Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Richmond, VA) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James Gormley:

Father James Gormley served at Scranton Prep in the 1940s and 1950s. He was then transferred throughout Pennsylvania and the country until 2000. He died in 2005. According to media reports, in December 2018, Father Gormley was named publicy on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors..

In October 2019, Father James Gormley’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Scranton’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors, as well as on the Diocese of Richmond’s list. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Scranton, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Scranton now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

DIOCESE OF SCRANTON PRIEST RESIGNS FOLLOWING SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATION

SCRANTON PRIEST ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, the Diocese of Scranton announced the resignation of Father James J. Walsh, pastor of Saint Maria Goretti Parish in Laflin, following an investigation into an allegation of sexual assault that occurred in 1979. The alleged abuse occurred while Father Walsh was serving as assistant pastor at the Church of St. Gregory in Clarks Green. The diocese said the allegation did not involve a minor and notified the district attorney’s office immediately upon learning of the incident.

The Diocese of Scranton hired a professional investigator to conduct the investigation. It was then that another allegation involving Father Walsh’s inappropriate behavior with an adult was discovered. Additionally, two prior reports of possible misconduct involving Walsh were reviewed.

Father Walsh denied all allegations, but diocesan officials deemed the allegations to be credible. When Bishop Joseph C. Bambera told Walsh he was going to remove him as Pastor, Father Walsh resigned from ministry.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims on behalf of those who were sexually abused by clergy of all religious denominations.  If you or someone you know was sexually abused by a clergy member of any religious faith, please contact our law firm today at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.