John Hurley

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Chapter 11 bankruptcy is an option for a Buffalo diocese that is facing numerous lawsuits along with state and federal investigations. There have been several filings in recent years by religious orders or Dioceses around the country. So what comes next? Bankruptcy expert and UB Academic Affairs Vice-Dean Todd Brown spoke with Canisius College President John Hurley on the matter at this weekend’s Movement to Restore Trust symposium.

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With American higher education changing rapidly, Canisius College is using its 150th anniversary to examine the role played by Catholic universities. Three presidents from major Jesuit universities will speak during the course of the academic year. Opening the series this week was Fordham University President Joseph McShane.


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The Diocese of Brooklyn has issued a statement, saying Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio visited Buffalo earlier this week and interviewed 30 people as part of his Apostolic Visitation. Bishop DiMarzio is investigating the Buffalo Catholic Diocese's handling of sexual abuse cases. Movement to Restore Trust leader John Hurley said he was surprised the bishop had not contacted anyone from MRT, making him wonder the nature of the investigation.

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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.

Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and the Movement to Restore Trust have formed a Joint Implementation Team, facilitated by Leadership Roundtable, to address the clergy sex abuse scandal. Among the first orders of business was to agree to changes in how the diocese handles abuse cases.

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Members of the Catholic laity in Buffalo are stepping forward to help institute change and re-establish trust in their church.

“For those of us who have been heavily involved in the Catholic Church here in the diocese…it has been a very discouraging time and, in the past few days, has seemed, perhaps, especially hopeless,” said Canisius College President John Hurley.

Audrey Browka

Canisius College and Erie Community College are partnering to offer student housing.

Old-time radio play staged at Shea’s 710 Theatre

Dec 7, 2017
Photo provided by Shea's 710 Theatre

An old time radio-style show continues at Shea's 710 Theatre.  In fact It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play has been held over through December 16th and 17th.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with the director of the on-stage show. 

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Admitting that enrollment is down and that they're facing competition from other local colleges and New York State's Excelsior tuition program, Canisius College is lowering its cost for full-time undergraduates next academic year.


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As city residents continue to file complaints about rowdy college students in their neighborhoods, members of the Common Council are struggling to find solutions.