Priest Sexual Abuse

After three months of work by hundreds of Catholic lay volunteers, the Movement to Restore Trust has presented its recommendations to Bishop Richard Malone.

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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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It was his revelation of sexual abuse as a minor, at the hands of a Catholic priest, which began what Bishop Richard Malone later admitted was an overwhelming number of similar claims and complaints lodged against dozens of priests within the Diocese, dating back 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.

The Diocese of Buffalo has substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse against two priests.

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The Catholic Diocese is carrying through with its promise to sell off property to help pay victims of sexual abuse.

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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo announced Wednesday afternoon that Father Samuel T. Giangreco, Jr. has been placed on admnistrative leave following a complaint of "sexual misconduct involving an adult female."

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The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has announced four new members of its Diocesan Review Board, who will help advise Bishop Richard Malone on allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Buffalo's Bishop Richard Malone says comes away from the meeting of U.S. bishops in Baltimore "astonished, shocked and dismayed" that action was not taken on priest abuse. However, he believes the Vatican's postponement may be because of the global nature of the crisis.


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A priest from Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna briefly spoke with reporters before heading into Monday afternoon’s meeting with Bishop Malone at Infant of Prague Church in Cheektwoaga.  


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Buffalo's Catholic Bishop Richard Malone addressed the media in a lengthy press conference following a meeting with priests from across the Diocese. He spoke on the scandal over sexual abuse by members of the clergy, and calls for his resignation over handling of the matter.

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Bishop Richard Malone says he made mistakes in handling accusations of sexual abuse by clergy but those errors were not to a level that calls for his resignation. Hours before Malone's remarks to a local radio station, a group of Catholic lay persons stood outside the Diocese of Buffalo's downtown headquarters, renewing the call for change in local church leadership.


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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.

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There is more reaction coming from the Buffalo Catholic Diocese about clergy sexual abuse, which is denying statements made over the last few days that "eight or nine priests" accused of sexual abuse are still in active ministry. This comes as another accused priest has been put on administrative leave.

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Bishop Richard Malone is responding with vigor to the news conference held by whistleblower Siobhan O'Connor, who released diocesan documents to authorities and the media about the handling of sexual abuse victims.

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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.

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Despite repeated calls that he resign, Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone appears ready to ride out the building crisis regarding the sexual abuse of minors at the hands of clergy members. However, pressure will surely mount following Sunday night's explosive "60 Minutes" story, which heard from a key whistleblower who said the Diocese has been more focused on covering up the allegations than helping victims.

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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will be in the national spotlight  Sunday night when the CBS news program "60 Minutes" airs a segment on the response to the clergy abuse scandal here.

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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo confirmed Friday morning they've received a subpoena from the US Attorney's Office in Buffalo, one day after CBS News reported federal investigators are looking into allegations of sexual abuse by clergy.

Meanwhile, a former priest turned advocate for sexual abuse victims is raising additional allegations against a priest who, until recently, was heading an East Aurora seminary. 

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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.

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Another priest in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese has been put on leave. This time it involves an alleged sexual advance made on an adult.

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The leader of Canisius College in Buffalo is condemning the Catholic Church in wake of the priest sexual abuse scandal.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met Canisius President John Hurley in his office where he is calling on the Catholic Church to allow women to play a role in restoring faith in the church.

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Bishop Richard Malone and the Diocese of Buffalo are named as defendants in a lawsuit filed Thursday morning. The plaintiff is a sexual abuse survivor who alleges the bishop and diocese pose a "public nuisance" by continuing to withhold information on dozens of past child sexual abuse claims.

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The Rev. Robert Yetter has resigned as pastor of St. Mary's Church in Swormville after allegations of abuse have surfaced.

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Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone gathered local media members Sunday to read a statement in which he pledged to remain in his post despite widening calls for his resignation. He took no questions while vowing to take corrective measures in dealing with accusations of sexual abuse by clergy members.


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James Faluszczak brought his story to WBFO. That story was also part of the testimony provided to the Pennsylvania Attorney General as he was building a stunning case that claims widespread sexual abuse conducted by priests who preyed upon young people. The case also claims Bishops worked to cover up the scandal.


A Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on priest sexual abuse of minors in that state includes two former Western New York priests with accusations against them that weren’t widely known until now.

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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.


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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.

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