Clergy Abuse

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The University at Buffalo Law School on Monday hosted a look at the Child Victims Act, the new state law that has reopened New York's history of sexual abuse for a one-year window. The law allows victims to go to court against abusers, even if the abuse occurred decades ago.

Buffalo Catholic Diocese

The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has created "a new protocol for dealing with credible allegations of sexual abuse against adults by bishops, priests, deacons, religious, lay ministers and seminarians." In a video message Tuesday, Bishop Richard Malone outlined the "Adult Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures," alongside an updated "Code of Pastoral Conduct for Clergy," which are both effective immediately.

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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.

St. Stephen School News

Two more priests have been put on administrative leave. The move comes after the priests were publicly named in sexual abuse lawsuits filed Wednesday, the first day of the one-year Child Victims Act window.

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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.

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A one-time Buffalo Catholic priest, who is now on suspension as an Episcopal priest in Los Angeles, allegedly molested at least two people here before leaving the Catholic Church. Paul Kowalewski is now facing a lawsuit.

Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo says its clergy abuse compensation program rejected more than half the claims filed by alleged victims while awarding 127 people an average of $160,000.

Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church

The Diocese of Buffalo, its Review Board and Bishop Richard Malone have determined the immediate fates of three priests accused of sexual abuse.

Office of the Governor

More victims of sexual abuse will get a chance to tell their story, perhaps to a jury, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act into law Thursday.

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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.