church abuse scandal

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

On the first anniversary of his public disclosure of childhood sexual abuse by a Catholic priest, Michael Whalen made good on a vow to attend a Mass. Joining Whalen and his wife for his first Mass in 40 years was another prominent figure in the Diocese of Buffalo's sexual abuse crisis, the woman who shared internal case information with local media and further exposed the scale of alleged abuses over the past several decades.

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A regional office of the religious order Society of Jesus, whose priests are better known as Jesuits, is scheduled to release its own list of priests facing credible accusations of sexual abuse. At least one of the priests on that list has a Buffalo connection.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo on Monday announced it has placed a priest on administrative leave, one day after a published report revealed that priest had been accused in 1995 of sexually abusing a then teenaged girl. Meanwhile, a New Jersey-based advocacy group representing victims of alleged past abuse turned up pressure on Bishop Richard Malone, demanding he release all information on abuse cases or step down.