PA Priest Faces Cocaine Possession Charges

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest from northeastern Pennsylvania is facing drug possession charges after police say he was caught buying cocaine in Philadelphia. Philadelphia police said Friday that 50-year-old James B. Shimsky, a priest in the Diocese of Scranton, was arrested last month.

Narcotics officers said they saw a man in a Jeep engage in a drug transaction the morning of Jan. 30 on a North Philadelphia street. Police said they stopped the vehicle and found a small amount of cocaine inside.

Diocesan spokesman William Genello said Shimsky is pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Scott Township, Lackawanna County, and has been on a leave of absence since his arrest.

A phone listing for Shimsky could not be found and he couldn't be reached for comment.


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  • by Genuine Patriot Location: Greenville on Feb 15, 2010 at 07:04 AM
    And this is a surprise why? Priests are just people too, like you and me. Wearing a holy costume doesn't make you any holier.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 14, 2010 at 04:41 PM
    What is up with the men of God? Where can we turn to for guidence? These men are worse than politicans.
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Feb 14, 2010 at 08:54 AM
    This probably happens 100 times a day. The reason it's 'newsworthy'? He's a priest. So, this makes it different, eh? Why can't we expect the same behavior from everyone? Why do we hold such higher standards for these "people of faith". And why also can celebrities (Rev. Jesse Jackson pops to mind) do naughty things, but we accept THAT sin more readily than if it was some Joe Schmoe off the street? Triple Standards?
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