priest sexual abuse

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.


St. Stanislaus Parish

While recognizing the tragic circumstances which led to the development, leaders in the City of Buffalo say Bishop Richard Malone's choice to move into the St. Stanislaus parish demonstrates a vote of confidence in the turnaround of the long-struggling Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The E.B. Green-designed mansion where Bishop Richard Malone and five other Roman Catholic bishops have resided will be put up for sale this summer. Bishop Malone announced the decision to sell the Bishop's Residence on Oakland Place to raise funds for a program set up to assist victims of alleged past sexual abuse by clergy.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A law firm which, last month, released a report identifying more than a dozen priests accused of sexual abuse while serving within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has issued a more detailed second report. In addition to revealing more names and histories, attorney Mick Reck and others urged the Diocese to disclose what they say is still-secret identities of additional priests accused of abuse.


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On the same day the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo issued an apology to victims of sexual abuse, another victim has come forward. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has the story.

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The Rev. Bishop Richard Malone, leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo apologizes for the victims of the sexual abuse scandal by priests that has rocked the Western New York community. 

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A former Catholic priest who now leads a sexual abuse advocacy group says the list released Tuesday by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is incomplete and fails to address deeper issues with sexual abuse among clergy. Bishop Richard Malone, meanwhile, explained why he released names only and clarified the church's stance on the proposed Child Victims Act.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

On the same day the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo released a list of 42 clergy accused of sexually abusing minors, a childhood sex abuse victim - himself allegedly abused by a now-deceased priest - shared his experience of coming to terms and reaching out for help.

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo ended a decades-long policy of withholding the names of clergy accused of sexually abusing minors. That changed Tuesday when the Diocese released the names of 42 priests who were removed, retired or otherwise left active ministry amid abuse accusations. Survivors of abuse and their advocates say the list is a start but doesn't go far enough to address past wrongdoing.

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has released a list of names of 42 diocesan priests who were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. 

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Upon releasing a report identifying 13 priests already known for accusations of sexual abuse, an attorney and former priest-turned-advocate urged the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo Tuesday morning to end its policy of withholding the names of other clergy who allegedly carried out such conduct.


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The man who revealed last week that he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest in the early 1980s is critical of an independent reconciliation and compensation program the Buffalo diocese is creating.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Days after a local Catholic priest admitted to the Buffalo News he had sexual encounters with dozens of teenage boys, the Diocese of Buffalo has announced a compensation program for victims of sexual abuse.