Monsignor Carlos Urrutigoity, who was accused of child abuse in a civil lawsuit filed in Federal Court in Scranton more than a decade ago when he was a priest in the Diocese of Scranton, has been transferred to Paraguay, according to Bishop Accountability and Diocese of Paraguay’s websites. He has been a vicar general since February.
Carlos was a member of the Society of Saint John, which was located in Elmhurst, PA, a suburb of Scranton before moving to Shohola, PA, a NYC exurb. Twelve years ago, a student filed a Federal Lawsuit in Scranton’s Federal Court accusing him and Rev. Eric Ensley of child abuse.
The Lackawanna County, PA District Attorney’s office started a criminal investigation the same year, but could not file charges due to Pennsylvania’s statue of limitations at the time. The diocese responded by suppressing the society in 2004 because of that and other problems, and all the defendants settled the case in 2005.
In 2006, the Society of Saint John was approved as a public association by the Diocese of Paraguay. In an e-mail late Friday, a spokesman for the Diocese of Scranton defended Former Bishop Martino’s role in allowing Rev. Urrutigoity to transfer there, saying “he took all the necessary steps to suppress the society of Saint John, and expressed his doubts to the Paraguay bishop about Carlos’s suitability.” The Diocese has also released a statement on their website.
Despite the warnings from Scranton, Bishop Rogelio Liviers allowed Father Carlos Urrutigoity to become a vicar general in Paraguay.
Photo of Father Carlos Urrutigoity via the Bishop Accountability website