More shocking revelations are emerging from the Pennsylvania grand jury investigation into Catholic Church abuse.
In a report published yesterday, the York Daily Record revealed that a bishop felt compelled to write a letter of sympathy after he discovered that a priest had raped a girl, then arranged an abortion for her.
Bishop James C Timlin, formerly of the Diocese of Scranton wrote:
This is a very difficult time in your life, and I realize how upset you are. I too share your grief … With the help of God, who never abandons us and who is always near, when we need him, this too will pass away, and all will be able to pick up and go on living. Please be assured that I am most willing to do whatever I can do to help.
He sexually assaulted a girl from when she was 13 over a period of five years while serving as pastor of St Casimir in Freeland.
The grand jury noted that the focus of Timlin’s letter seemed to exclusively address the procurement of the abortion with little concern that Skotek had impregnated a child.
On June 14, 2002, Skotek was finally removed from active ministry approximately two decades after he impregnated the minor and procured an abortion
He currently lives in Schuykill County.
According to Wikipedia, Timlin paid the girl’s family $75,000 to remain silent about a priest.