Detailed timeline of accused priests released

Law firm asking Diocese of Buffalo to release more details

March 13, 2018 - 1:12 pm
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - A Minnesota law firm is releasing the names of more than a dozen Diocese of Buffalo Catholic priests who have been publicized before. The firm is releasing the detailed timelines of where the priests served and when to allow potential victims of sexual abuse a better reference point of who served in their parish and church and when.

Attorney Michael Reck of Anderson and Associates says, "what you have in your booklet is a review of the official Catholic Directory which goes year by year through the assignments of these alleged offenders so that those members of those parishes will know this alleged offender was here".

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The report, says Reck, is a way to empower victims and prod the diocese to open all their files and make public the data on at least one hundred priests, they say, have been publicly accused.

The Diocese of Buffalo recently established the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, a third party program designed to compensate voluntary survivors of childhood sexual abuse by priests.  The deadline for qualified individuals to participate in the IRCP is June 1, 2018.

In its initial week of operations, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo's compensation program for victims of clergy sexual abuse has drawn several claims, and some criticism of the deadlines that will exclude others who haven't come forward sooner.

“Since last week’s announcement about the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, we have heard from a number of people, some of whom have filed claims,”  said Diocesan Spokesman George Richert in a prepared statement.

Currently, only abuse claims that were made with the diocese before the program was announced on March 1 are eligible for the program which will use former State Supreme Court Justice Jerome Gorski and former Erie County Surrogate Judge Barbara Howe to assess claims independent of the diocese, and decide compensation awards.

From  The Diocese of Buffalo: Read more on the IRCP and how to file a claim

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