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Priest caught buying cocaine in Philly

Published: Sat, February 13, 2010 @ 8:23 p.m.

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


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Contaminated by the Ghetto ?

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2ytown3(19 comments)posted 5 years ago

No Stan,

Just a regular White Roman Catholic. Tough pill to swallow, I know.

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3Ytownnative(1089 comments)posted 5 years ago

Actually better then the other things Priests have been known for lately

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

ytown3 :

"Just a regular White Roman Catholic. Tough pill to swallow, I know."

I'm just a regular White Roman Catholic but manage to avoid the pitfalls in life . Those who succumb have my prayers for recovery .

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5rloh330(43 comments)posted 5 years ago

Fools always jump to conclusions.

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6Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 5 years ago

I'm sure hes not the first and won't be the last.

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7cambridge(3173 comments)posted 5 years ago

No one deserves to go to jail for using drugs. If everyone who ever used an illegal drug went to jail it would be the majority of people in this country.

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8RobertH(50 comments)posted 5 years ago

Least it wasn't Viagra.

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9mikeymike(469 comments)posted 5 years ago

ytown I find your comment offensive," just a regular Roman Catholic".I'm a Roman Catholic,if you don't think people of all faiths have these problems,your head is in the sand.Pick up the paper or watch the news,on a regular basis,and you will see sex scandals,drug addicition and embezzlement,occurring with every Religion,not just the Catholic Church.

Stan your comment that the Priest was contaminated by the ghetto,was absurd.The Priest has free will,and he chose to take drugs,it happens to people.

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10TB(1167 comments)posted 5 years ago

I'd wager that comment about white Roman Catholics was in response to Stan. He likes to throw that one around, especially on articles where inner city youth has committed some crime. It's usually the basis for his arguments.

"In the past I had exerted my influence on others . I am a white Catholic . They felt that there was a need for black ministerial services to blanket the area and minister to the poor blacks . They are the forgotten ones ."- a quote from Stan made a couple days ago on the article about Bishop Norman Wagner's funeral, which Stan tried to hijack into being somehow related to the shooting at St. Dominic's.

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11ytown3(19 comments)posted 5 years ago

no offense intended mike. It was just as TB set out. Stan is self-righteous. I truly believe ever religion has its problems from every walk of life. However, Stan thinks everything bad originates in the black ghetto.

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12Tigerlily(500 comments)posted 5 years ago

Ytown is exactly correct in spotting the easy compassion for a white middle aged Roman Catholic priest in an economically depressed town that most of you do not display for black people of any age in an economically depressed town next door to yours. Until you can see that difference, you will never correct your hardwired racism.

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13Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

nane6 ;

"have not avoided the pitfalls of life. You have 3495 comments posted"

Is that a pitfall ? Freedom of expression is a basic human right .


It may not be all good . The ways of the subculture will surely destroy those who are trying to destroy mainstream society . When the handouts end so does your way of life ! The only thing that you see wrong in your culture is my criticism of it .


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14woolyd(579 comments)posted 5 years ago

Hey guys just look at who is making certain comments and just realize everything they say will be antiliberal, proconservative, antiminority, etc etc etc. The attitudes demonstrated by some on here are the exact reason why our country is in the states it is in. People from both sides of the aisle are too damn ignorant to get anything done because they lack common sense and only want to hear their affiliations ideas.

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15Tigerlily(500 comments)posted 5 years ago

True, woolyd. Very true.

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16Nunya22(315 comments)posted 5 years ago

This is sad I hope he gets help and he do need to be punished as well he could of put himself and someone else in danger if he was high on that coke.

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17woolyd(579 comments)posted 5 years ago

Janit you may very well do so if it was illegal and hard to obtain. Maybe not but possibly.

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18TB(1167 comments)posted 5 years ago

notice Stan's latest approach

the religion angle didn't curry him any favor and because he was backed into a corner that he couldn't get out of, based on words that he himself typed, he switches it up.

it's no longer a religious issue but now a political issue. i wonder if that Catholic church that Stan attends ever takes part in handouts. hmmm...they must be a part of the problem

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19Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

TB :

"The ways of the subculture will surely destroy those who are trying to destroy mainstream society . When the handouts end so does your way of life !"

When you destroy those who are sustaining you then your way of life perishes . You bet TB ! The subculture bites the hand that feeds it !

BTW, don't dwell on complex issues as you may totally lose your grasp on reality .

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20TB(1167 comments)posted 5 years ago

when confronted by facts, obfuscate the issue or change it altogether. well done Stan!

Why not address the issue at hand?

If you'd like to discuss handouts to the "subculture" then let me ask this. Should Catholic charities stop helping the poor and indigent?

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21ytown3(19 comments)posted 5 years ago


I don't have a problem with Roman Catholics. Lets make that clear. I don't have a problem with any race or religion. My problem is ignorance.

Everything on this board does not have to be about race. I was simply pointing that out to Stan.

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22cambridge(3173 comments)posted 5 years ago

USEless1...."My problem is ignorance."

We finally agree on something.

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