Clergy sex abuse

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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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Two more lawsuits are being filed today against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, one of which identifies a local priest as an alleged abuser for the first time, while the other accuses a former auxiliary bishop of providing "hush money" in a 1980s case.

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A key reporter in breaking the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis in Boston nearly two decades ago was in Buffalo Thursday, the same day Bishop Richard Malone exited his leadership post. Former reporter Matt Carroll said he sees similarities in the two situations.

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Bishop Richard Malone is formally denying a tweeted suggestion by a journalist who covers Vatican news that his resignation is "imminent."

Diocese of Buffalo

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is releasing updated lists of clergy accused of sexual abuse of a minor, separating those who served for the diocese from those who worked within religious orders.

The Vatican announced Thursday that a Brooklyn bishop will lead its Apostolic Visitation for the Diocese of Buffalo "in the near future." Bishop Richard Malone, who has been under intense scrutiny for how he has led the diocese through a sex abuse crisis and pending litigation related to it, says he welcomes the investigation.

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A former local man who says he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest in the 1980s is taking the Diocese of Buffalo to court.

Wrapping up an unprecedented Vatican summit, Pope Francis denounced the abuse of minors and called for an end to the Catholic Church's long history of covering up the scandal.

In a Mass on Sunday, he made an appeal for an "all-out battle" on clergy sex abuse but offered few specifications, reflecting broader criticisms that the four-day meeting had not produced concrete actions to hold church leaders accountable.

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The woman who formerly worked as the executive assistant to Roman Catholic Bishop Richard Malone stood on a sidewalk across the street from her former workplace Tuesday morning, explaining her decision to secretly share private diocesan documents regarding clergy linked to alleged sexual misconduct. It was Siobhan O'Connor's first local appearance since her story aired on national news programs including CBS's 60 Minutes.

Diocese of Buffalo

The Diocese of Buffalo has announced the appointment of Steven Halter as its new director of professional responsibillity. Halter's duties will include investigating complaints of clergy or employee sexual abuse and misconduct.