Abuse

Clergy sex abuse victims and advocates protest outside the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center during annual gathering of Catholic Charities USA. September 12, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
(AP) - Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help...
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Brian Mazurowski
October 30, 2019 - 11:06 am
Amherst, NY (WBEN) - Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is again in Western New York as part of the apostolic visitation to the Diocese of Buffalo. According to a WGRZ-TV report, DiMarzio was seen conducting interviews at the Marriott hotel in Amherst on Tuesday. "We always knew that there would be...
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Is the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo making moves to prepare for a bankruptcy filing? As first reported by Channel 2, credit cards connected to the diocese will be shut down as of Friday afternoon. The move could be seen as a step toward a bankruptcy filing. Friday morning, the...
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Tom Puckett
September 24, 2019 - 3:29 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has unveiled a new policy of priest misconduct toward adults. Bishop Richard Malone mentioned this during a WBEN interview last week . "Sexual misconduct by clergy directed toward adults is contrary to Christian principles and inconsistent with the...
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Tom Puckett
September 20, 2019 - 1:56 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has developed a new page on its website to guide anyone who may need to report abuse, misconduct or fraud. The diocese says the new page giving three options: (1) Call 911 (if imminent danger exists)/law enforcement (2) Contact the Victims Assistance...
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(WBEN) - The Catholic Diocese of Rochester has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The Filing was made Thursday morning in US Bankruptcy Court in Rochester. It comes as the Diocese faces nearly 50 sex abuse lawsuits filed under the Child Victims Act. Diocese of Rochester Bankrupptcy Filing Diocese of...
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(WBEN) - A Southtowns Priest has become the latest clergy member to publicly ask for the resignation of Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone. Rev. Gene Ulrich of the Church of the Annunciation in Elma sent a letter to the Bishop asking him to offer his resignation. Ulrich said that he issued both an in...
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BUFFALO (WBEN) - Two more Western New York Priests are beilng placed on administrative leave following allegations within lawsuits filed under the Child Victims Act. Paul Nogaro, a Pastor at St. Stephen Parish on Grand Island, and Rev. Msgr. Peter Popadick, a Pastor at St. Aloysius Parish in...
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Tom Puckett
August 13, 2019 - 1:48 pm
Albany, NY (WBEN) Governor Cuomo signs a bill into law requiring bus drivers to report signs of abuse in private schools. "The safety and well-being of our children is the top priority of this administration and I'm proud to sign this legislation and help close this loophole in the law," Governor...
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Tim Wenger
(WBEN) - The Diocese of Buffalo was once again in the spotlight on national television because of the ongoing abuse scandal. The program focused on the calls for Bishop Richard Malone's resignation over his handling of sexual abuse allegations against clergy members, while also highlighting the...
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