Diocese Statement Regarding Reverend Thomas P. Shoback
June 19, 2012
On Friday, June 15, Diocesan officials learned that charges have been filed against Father Thomas Shoback.
In November 2011, the Diocese of Scranton notified the Tioga County District Attorney’s Office that an allegation of sexual abuse was reported to the Diocese.
At that time, the Diocese immediately removed the cleric from ministry and suspended his faculties to exercise priestly ministries within the Diocese pending an investigation of the accusation.
The Diocese has cooperated with law enforcement and will continue to do so in pursuit of justice.
The Diocese of Scranton is committed to protecting children and to providing support to victims of sexual abuse.
In expressing his personal sorrow for the pain suffered by survivors of abuse, the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, requests the faithful of the Diocese to join him in praying for the healing of all those affected while working together to safeguard our children.