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More Bad Apples in SSJ
By early 2002, Bishop Timlin was aware that Fathers Urrutigoity and Ensey were accused of the sexual molestation. The District Attorney’s office of Lackawanna County had launched a criminal investigation into the accusations of sexual misconduct by the two SSJ priests, but was forced to abandon the case because of the statue of limitations. Time had run out for the complainant in May 2001. He would have to resort to a civil suit.
Bishop Timlin immediately suspended Fathers Urrutigoity and Ensey and brought them to Scranton. Timlin was reported to be considering Urrutigoity’s request to be transferred to another religious order, when he learned that the SSJ had other “problem” priests.
Fr. Marshall Roberts was another SSJ priest who resided with Urrutigoity and Ensey at St. Gregory’s Academy from 1997 to 1999.
According to the Vice-Rector of Christ the King Institute in Gricigliano, Italy, in 1993 Roberts was kicked out of the seminary when he formed an inordinate sexual attachment to a fellow seminarian with whom he had become infatuated. Within 24 hours of the Vice-Rector being informed of Roberts’ designs on his classmate, who did not appreciate the attention, Roberts was looking for new living quarters. Roberts was eventually ordained by the SSPX and later became a founding members of the SSJ.
While at St. Gregory’s, Roberts befriended a young man from the graduating class of 1999 who later became a postulant in the Society. In a very irregular arrangement, Roberts and the postulant shared the same room and bed in a housing unit on the SSJ property.
Fr. Christopher Clay was another follower of Urrutigoity although he was never formally a member of the Society. He was a third possible sexual abuser of John Doe although his name does not appear in the civil lawsuit because, according to Doe’s co-counsel James Bendell, the case of overt sexual abuse was much stronger with Urrutigoity and Ensey.
After Bishop Timlin was advised that Clay was accused of also abusing John Doe, the bishop removed him from his teaching position at Bishop Hafey High School in Hazle Township, but with no apparent restriction as to travel. Later, Bishop Timlin offered to reassign Father Clay to St. Thomas More Church in Lake Ariel, Wayne County, but the priest had taken a leave of absence and returned to his hometown of Dallas, Texas where he attempted to recover from the stress of his encounter with the District Attorney’s office in Pennsylvania.
After Father Clay returned to the Dallas area, he hooked up with an old friend, Father Allan Hawkins of St. Mary the Virgin Church in Arlington. In 2003, Fr. Hawkins called Bishop Timlin to see if he had any objection to Clay helping him out with Mass and parish work. Timlin said he had no objections. According to Hawkins, he was not told of the accusations of pederasty against Father Clay or that Clay’s case was still under an internal investigation by the Scranton Diocese.
In April 2002, Bishop Joseph Martino, the new Ordinary of Scranton wrote Clay asking what his plans were for his future ministry.”
According to Chancellor Rev. Robert Wilson of the Dallas Diocese, diocesan officials did not know anything about Father Clay, much less that he was assisting Father Hawkins at the Arlington parish.
Fr. James Early, Chancellor of the Scranton Diocese said that Clay had advised the diocese that he was working in Texas as a medical insurance reviewer. If his statement is true, this means that apparently Timlin kept his own Chancellor in the dark as to Fr. Clay’s pastoral activities at St. Mary’s.
For his part, Timlin defended his actions on the basis that no criminal charges resulted from John Doe’s accusations (due to the statute of limitation) and he (Clay) was not named in the subsequent civil lawsuit filed by John Doe.
One parishioner from St. Mary’s who was interviewed by a reporter for The Dallas Morning News after the Scranton story broke exclaimed that “He’s excellent with the young people. …They feel like they can talk with him.” Hmmmm. Let’s see. A pederast who is good with young people and makes them feel that they can communicate and confide in him! Absolutely astonishing!
The same Dallas paper also reported that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has supposedly authorized an ecclesiastical judicial process against Urrutigoity, Ensey and Clay. The reporter said that Fr. Urrutigoity had been recently spotted in the Dallas area. The $64,000 question is whether or not the two accused SSJ priests will flee the country to South America before their trial begins?