Former Bishop Defies Request To Avoid Public Appearances

A retired Roman Catholic bishop from Northeastern Pennsylvania who has come under harsh criticism for his handling of clergy sex abuse has defied his successor by attending this week’s national meeting of U.S. bishops. Former Bishop James Timlin was seen Monday at the meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. After a grand jury faulted Timlin for his handling of clergy sex abuse, Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera barred him from representing the diocese in public. A Diocesan spokesman says Bambera asked Timlin not to attend, but added that membership in the bishops group and attendance at conferences is beyond Bambera’s control.