Catholic Priest

Joseph B. Wilson

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton

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

In 1994, Father Joseph B. Wilson was known as Brother Raphael Wilson, a member of the Order of Holy Cross Province. He approached Bishop James C. Timlin and requested to be accepted into the Diocese of Scranton. He was approved by the Admissions Committee.  After several months of confirming his records, Wilson was ordained as a priest at 69 years of age.

Handwritten notes in the file reflected that in July 2002, the Diocese became aware that while Wilson was a Religious Brother at Holy Cross, there were allegations made that he had sexually abused two boys.  Wilson admitted to abusing one of the boys and he was sent for evaluation and treatment.

A confidential settlement in the amount of $250,000 was reached with the victim.

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.