Christ the King Seminary

Mike Desmond

Federal prosecutors say a local seminary instructor went over the free speech line when he made a series of threatening cell phone calls to a Buffalo reporter.

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The Diocese of Buffalo is shutting down Christ the King Seminary at the end of its current academic year.

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Bishop Richard Malone, leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, stated once again Wednesday he is obligated to lead the diocese through its tough times and, thus, he will not resign. Meanwhile, hours after WKBW-TV broadcast a story featuring audio secretly recorded by Malone's former secretary, the bishop suggested Fr. Ryszard Biernat broke church law by doing so.

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Protesters were in front of Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora Wednesday, while Bishop Richard Malone was inside talking to priests and deacons. It was the same day another Buffalo Catholic Diocese priests was put on administrative leave while an investigation takes place.

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo announced Tuesday afternoon that Rev. Ryszard Biernat, Bishop Richard Malone's secretary and the diocesan vice chancellor, is taking a leave of absence.

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A small group of church whistleblowers held a demonstration in front of Bishop Richard Malone's residence Sunday to call attention to what they call the "sickly dysfunctional environment" at the Buffalo Catholic Diocese's Christ the King Seminary.

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Former priests-turned-advocates for victims of alleged sexual abuse by clergy were standing outside the entrance to Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora Thursday afternoon, offering their support for the seminarians who recently came forward to their leaders about alleged inappropriate sexual conversations by three local priests at a recent gathering. The activists say seminarians have since been subject to interrogations. The priest leading the school on an interim basis since September denies that.

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Three suburban Catholic priests have been suspended in the wake of an April 11 incident among priests and seminarians at a Hamburg rectory. A statement from the diocese explaining the incident indicates sexual harassment was involved.

Two more priests have been suspended according to the Diocese of Buffalo.

Christ the King Seminary

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

Bishop Malone ordains four new Catholic priests

Jun 2, 2018
Courtesy of Western New York Catholic

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone ordained four new Catholic priests Saturday morning at St. Joseph Cathedral downtown. The once-a-year ceremony was a festive day for priests before they take on the challenges of their parishes.

Local seminarians prepare to see Pope Francis

Sep 21, 2015
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A group from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora will be leaving Tuesday morning bound for Washington, D.C. for the Pope's U.S. visit.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says seminarians and faculty members are hoping to have a special session with Pope Francis.

Seminary educates future priests & laity

Dec 3, 2014
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

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.