Catholic Priest

Girard F. Angelo

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton

From Report I of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:

In September 2002, Bishop James C. Timlin received a letter from an adult male who wanted to report to the Diocese of Scranton that he had been sexually abused by Father Girard F. Angelo when he was 14-years-old.  This occurred during the time period when Angelo was assigned to Mater Delorosa in the early 1960s.  The first victim noted that he did not wish to sue, nor make a spectacle of himself or those involved.

Timlin contacted the male and advised that the allegations would be brought to the attention of the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office even though the statute of limitations appeared to have expired.

Timlin interviewed Angelo who denied that any sexual abuse had occurred.

Timlin advised the male that any compensation that he felt was due to him would be the responsibility of Angelo.  The Bishop then suggested that the male contact Angelo about the allegations and provided him with Angelo’s contact information.  The male did not contact Angelo.  The statute of limitations period had expired under Pennsylvania law.

Additional information regarding the widespread sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Dioceses of Pennsylvania and the systemic cover up by senior church officials is compiled in the Pennsylvania Diocese Victim’s Report published by the Pennsylvania Attorney General following a two-year grand jury investigation.  A complete copy of the Report is available on the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s website.