The Movement to Restore Trust has released its full 68-page report of recommendations to Bishop Richard Malone in March to help heal the diocese. The report expands upon the Executive Summary and nine foundational themes released to the public, and agreed to "in general support" by the bishop in the spring. Perhaps most notably, however, it also expresses in much stronger language "the enormous anger in the diocese over the sex abuse crisis" and "the need for transformational culture change" in the diocese.
WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked with MRT organizer John Hurley, President of Canisius College, about the recommendations and the task of making them a reality.
WBFO also reached out to the Buffalo Catholic Diocese and received this response from spokesperson Kathy Spangler:
"The Diocese acknowledges the hard and thoughtful work of the Movement to Restore Trust (MRT). The MRT and the Diocese of Buffalo committed to reviewing the recommendations through the Joint Implementation Team (JIT). This on-going collaboration has already addressed some of the recommendations and the JIT looks forward to continuing this good work.
"The recommendations compiled in the MRT report predate the creation and work of the JIT, which has already begun to study, prioritize and address the recommendations. Bishop Malone and others in diocesan and parish ministry thank John Hurley and the other members of the MRT and the JIT for their dedication and hard work and are encouraged and energized by the initiatives already in place as a result of this united partnership. We are grateful for and embrace their efforts to assist victim-survivors and our Diocese to heal."