Diocese of Buffalo with two dozen protesters calling for Bishop Malone's resignation. September 10, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

How Will Diocese Pay for Settlements?

Reports on several settlement offers

December 06, 2018 - 4:42 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - With settlement offers for victims of clergy sex abuse anticipated to cost the Diocese of Buffalo millions of dollars, many of you are asking us how the diocese will pay for it?

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone in March told reporters that the settlements are being paid for by the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP). This program was created through what the bishop said is self-insurance liability and investment fund reserves. 

"We're also considering the sale of diocesan properties," Malone said in March. "The donations made to...Upon this Rock campaign or the ongoing Catholic Charities campaign will not be used for this program."

The diocese offered up the sale of the Bishop's former mansion on Oakland Place and are asking upwards of $1 million for the home. 

Malone told reporters last month that he doesn't know if the decades-long sex abuse scandal will result in bankruptcy of the church because they don't know about how many people will be satisfied with the offers they received.

WBEN learned that one victim was recently offered $400,000 to Stephanie McIntyre after a claim against Father Fabian Maryanski 

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"No amount of money can compensate Stephanie for the horrible abuse that she suffered over 3 decades ago and the continuing revictimization she suffered through the churches decades of failing to acknowledge the abuse victims and failure to take the necessary remedial actions", McIntyre's attorney Barry Covert told WBEN.  

Covert tells us his client repeatedly stated that she is perplexed as to how she can be given the largest reported award but Father Maryanski is still not on the list of abusive priests.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian said that the diocese offered eight settlements to local victims ranging from $10,000 to $340,000. 

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