Report: Catholic Diocese to Release Names of Priests Accused of Abuse

Man who challenged diocese hopes it's not too little too late

Tom Puckett
March 20, 2018 - 4:00 am
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - The Buffalo Catholic Diocese is reportedly ready to release the list of priests accused of sexually molesting minors.

A person challenging the diocese says he hopes there will be more than just who is accused.

Robert Hoatson of Road to Recovery says 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. "It certainly is a step in the right direction, but I hope it's not a case of too little, too late," says Hoatson. "One of the things we've found in the revelation of information of dioceses in the past is, as soon as the information is released, we can think of four or five clergy not on that list, so we challenge Bishop Malone to post the name of every priest accused of molestation."

Hoatson says the devil is in the details. "Who were the supervisors of these men, why were they allowed to stay in the ministry so long, so we want the details of each and every name that's being released," urges Hoatson.

Hoatson says the church has controlled information in house for decades so it's unclear if police were ever contacted. "The safety of children is paramount here," says Hoatson. "Where are these priests now? If they've been removed from ministry and are living near children, that community has to be told about that."

Channel 7 reports it received an internal memo regarding Tuesday's scheduled announcement. NO independent confirmation from the diocese.

Related Audio: Hear more with Hoatson on The WBEN Liveline

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