Disgraced Bishop Timlin Defies Diocese, Attends USCCB Fall Conference

A retired Scranton bishop who allegedly helped cover up decades of sex abuse cases defied the diocese and attended a national Catholic conference at which U.S. bishops were considering new steps to address the abuse crisis in the American church. Bishop Emeritus James Timlin, permanently banned from representing the diocese, attended the U.S. Conference of … Read more

A New Day Dawning for Retired Bishops

Will Los Angeles revisit the Cardinal Mahony file in light of Bishop Bambera’s action in Scranton? In the maelstrom of news on sexual abuse, it may not be immediately noted for the significant step that it is, but the decision of Bishop Joseph Bambera of Scranton, Pennsylvania, to “permanently restrict” his predecessor, Bishop James Timlin, “from representing … Read more