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Continued calls for Diocese of Buffalo to name clergy

Abuse victim calls for "transparency" from Bishop Malone

March 18, 2018 - 1:06 pm

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - While a St. Patrick's Day Mass led by Bishop Richard Malone was underway inside St. Joe's Cathedral in downtown Buffalo Sunday, the Road to Recovery mission was holding a news briefing outside the church, calling on the Bishop to immediately release the names of all clergymen in the Diocese of Buffalo who have been accused of sexual abuse of children and the documents regarding each and every case.

Robert Hoatson says in a recent interview, Bishop Richard Malone claimed that he inherited a policy of secrecy and cover-up from his predecessors in which the names and files of clergymen who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse were never made public.  Bishop Malone has had 5 ½ years as Bishop of Buffalo to change that policy and thus far has refused to do so. 

"We're here today to request the diocese to immediately release the names and the files of any clergyman who has been credibly accused in the Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y.", said Hoatson.  Saying the secrecy must end and in the interest of full transparency, validation, and the safety of children, Hoatson says Bishop Malone must release the names of sexually abusive clergymen in the Diocese of Buffalo and the documents surrounding each and every case.

Speaking at the news briefing as a victim for the first time ever, James Faluszczak, a former Catholic Priest himself, said he was the victim of sexual abuse by a priest during his high school years in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Later in life, Faluszczak was ordained as a priest in 1996 and left the priesthood in 2014 when he informed his Bishop of his abuse.  "I became a whistle-blower", he said.

"I mourn the fact that I can't function as a priest but the environment in which I lived was a constant reminder of what had happened", Faluszczak stated.  Faluszczak attended seminary at Christ the King in the Town of Aurora.

Recently the diocese set up a voluntary victim's compensation fund that would aid victims of abuse.

AUDIO:  Here the complete briefing

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