The bishop of the Diocese of Scranton will write a letter to Pope Francis warning about an alleged sexual predator priest who has risen to second-in-command in a Paraguayan diocese.
Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, the present ordinary, in the Diocese the alleged predator was suspended, is deeply concerned about this state of affairs and is reaffirming the previous ordinary, Bishop Martino.
In February, Monsignor Urrutigoity was named the vicar general, second-in-command, in the Diocese Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. As a member of the Society of St. John, he was accused of sharing alcohol and a bed with students at St. Gregory's Academy in Elmhurst in 2004. He was not charged with a crime because of the statute of limitations, but there was a civil settlement. Of course, SNAP is closely involved.
Bishop Martino, Bishop Bambero’s predecessor, has already expressed his own reservations about him. Although the Society of St. John was suspended in his Diocese, Bishop Bambera has no jurisdiction. It’s difficult to believe that Father Urrutigoity’s ordinary wouldn’t have known about the present situation.
A review board, the Southdown Institute, looked into the suitability of both clerics for the priestly life. Father Eric Ensey was diagnosed with being sexually attracted to adolescent boys.