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Catholic priests from across the region will be meeting in East Aurora Tuesday to discuss the clergy sex abuse crisis.


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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has found a buyer for a former rectory, with the buyer turning the building into a mixed-use space.

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As the Child Victims Act was being approved Monday, four victims were in an Amherst law firm conference room with their attorneys, talking about their cases and what the new law does for them.

Seeing light through the priest sex abuse storm

Jan 28, 2019
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Many have voiced the opinion that giving more laity - and, specifically, women - positions of leadership in the Catholic Church would help avoid sexual abuse scandals like the one now consuming the faith and its faithful. In the Buffalo diocese, there are a series of positions open to lay people, but ultimate power always remains with clergy. Even so, one empowering model may light the way to the future.

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It was a solemn Saturday evening as the congregation at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Cheektowaga observed the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

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The Catholic Diocese is carrying through with its promise to sell off property to help pay victims of sexual abuse.

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Mediators for the Buffalo Catholic Diocese have decided an award of $650,000 to a survivor of priest sexual abuse, which his attorney said is the largest sum made public to settle such a case.

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Two priests are back in active ministry after Buffalo's Catholic Diocese determined allegations of child sexual abuse were unsubstantiated.

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The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has been making wide-ranging compensation offers to survivors of clergy sexual abuse: $10,000-$400,000, according to attorneys. However, one local attorney, representing 12 claimants, says the process is dragging while bankruptcy and a new slew of cases loom for the diocese in 2019.

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An attorney for survivors of alleged clergy sexual abuse says the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has offered settlements ranging from $10,000-$340,000 to eight claimants.

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The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has announced four new members of its Diocesan Review Board, who will help advise Bishop Richard Malone on allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Another priest in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese has been put on leave. This time it involves an alleged sexual advance made on an adult.

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has placed yet another priest on leave. 

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Buffalo's Catholic Diocese has confirmed that Fr. Fabian Maryanski has been named as the subject of a recent investigation by the Erie County District Attorney's office into an allegation of misconduct.

Catholic diocese eliminates its TV production unit

Jun 24, 2018
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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is eliminating its television production unit. Daybreak TV Productions will cease operations next month. Eight staff members of the unit will be laid off.

Cathedral fire leaves smoky damage

Apr 1, 2016
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A smoky blaze caused damaged inside St. Joseph's Cathedral in downtown Buffalo early Friday morning. 

Inspiring students to learn at Our Lady of Black Rock

Jan 27, 2016
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One of the most diverse populations of students can be found inside a west side Catholic elementary school in Buffalo. Many students at Our Lady of Black Rock are able to attend through the Catholic Diocese Bison fund. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley visited the school to find out how educators are engaging students despite high poverty and language barriers.

"Blue Mass" honors first responders

Oct 25, 2015

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo held its first "Blue Mass" at 10:30 this morning at St. Joseph Cathedral. The special Mass honored first responders who live in the diocese, including fire, law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel.

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Pope Francis’ message to the United States is being brought home by Bishop Richard Malone.

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Pope Francis is cutting red tape at the Vatican, radically streamlining the process for annulling marriages, necessary if a Catholic wants to remarry in the church.

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A message from Pope Francis regarding forgiveness for repentant women who had abortions has raised eyebrows on both sides of the often-contentious issue.


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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is mourning the loss of Bishop Bernard J. McLaughlin.

Seminary educates future priests & laity

Dec 3, 2014
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There is a new leader at the helm of Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.  The Rev. Joseph Gatto  recently began his new position as President-Rector.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says growth is occurring on the campus, as new seminarians are studying to become priests and laity seek theologian teachings. 

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Catholic Bishop Richard Malone says the situation in the Holy Land is more complex than they thought, after returning from a visit with a delegation of bishops from across the country.

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A  former catholic grade school, closed by the Diocese of Buffalo, has re-opened as a pre-school.  New students celebrated a ribbon cutting at St. Bernadette Early Childhood Academy on South Abbott Road in Orchard Park.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the young students were excited, but some parents remain angry at the Diocese for closing the elementary school.

The pastor of St. Bernadette Church in Orchard Park will not move forward with legal action against the Diocese of Buffalo over the closing of the parish school. 

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As ten Catholic schools in the Diocese of Buffalo prepare to close at the end of the school year, one private school in Cheektowaga is opening its doors to families looking for a new place to go.

'Building a Basilica' told by Daybreak Productions

Jan 17, 2014
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Many Western New Yorkers marvel at the grandeur of Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna, built in the 1920s. A local television crew from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo spent hours researching and conducting interviews to create a documentary that will air across the U.S.  It provides the back story of how the Venerable Father Nelson Baker accomplished the task.

Diocese of Buffalo to close ten Catholic schools

Jan 16, 2014
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The Diocese of Buffalo announced Wednesday that ten Catholic elementary schools will be closing their doors at the end of this school year. The Diocese believes the closures will strengthen the Catholic education system across western New York.

Press Pass: 'Change in tone' in the Catholic Church

Dec 2, 2013
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Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone has responded to the new dialog recently issued by Pope Francis. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer about his recent In-Focus interview with Bishop Malone.

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