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December 28, 2019 - 7:34 am
Richard J. Poster served time for possessing child pornography, violated his probation by having contact with children, admitted masturbating in the bushes near a church school and in 2005 was put on a sex offender registry. And yet the former Catholic priest was only just this month added to a...
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October 19, 2018 - 9:46 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Federal investigators looking into clergy sexual misconduct collected documents from the Diocese of Buffalo in June but have not been in contact since then, the diocese said. The diocese acknowledged the federal inquiry late Thursday amid reports the Justice Department has...
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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)
October 19, 2018 - 4:41 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN) - Former victim turned advocate James Faluszczak was in Buffalo detailing allegations against Father Joe Gatto of Christ the King Seminary. "A very good friend of mine, over the course of a year-and-a-half, confided to me that Father Joe Gatto, and this is an allegation that I'm...
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September 30, 2018 - 8:46 pm
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - While Bishop Richard Malone and other members of the religious hierarchy of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo were inside St. Joe's Cathedral in downtown Buffalo Sunday afternoon, a handful of demonstrators were outside on the sidewalks again calling for Malone's resignation...
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September 07, 2018 - 9:58 pm
NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — The New York attorney general's new investigation into clergy sex abuse allegations in the Roman Catholic Church could be massive, delving into confidential church files in a state where hundreds of people have already made claims through programs run by the church itself. But...
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August 31, 2018 - 5:09 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN ) - The president of Canisius College addressed the Catholic Church scandal and its impact in Western New York with the Diocese of Buffalo In the statement, John Hurley said the Jesuit college condemns the atrocities and believe the actions were evidence of a deep-rooted evil at...
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George Richert steps down from post as Buffalo Diocese spokesperson. August 29, 2018 (Photo via Catholic Diocese of Buffalo)
August 29, 2018 - 12:38 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Buffalo Diocese spokesman George Richert has resigned. Richert was the communications director of the diocese during the clergy sex abuse scandal which gained more scrutiny in early 2018. "I am extremely grateful to George for his counsel during his tenure with the diocese,...
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August 28, 2018 - 10:14 pm
(WBEN/AP) - A committee created by the Catholic Church specifically to prevent sexual misconduct by clergy on Tuesday issued a damning assessment of the failings to stem the abuse, calling it an "evil" caused by "a loss of moral leadership." The National Review Board called for an investigation led...
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Bishop Richard Malone (WBEN Photo/Tim Wenger)
August 16, 2018 - 4:40 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Bishop Richard Malone commented on the recent Pennsylvania grand jury report about the catholic church. "The Diocese of Buffalo is committed to learning from the sins and crimes of the past and from the ways they were handled. I share in the sense of horror at the magnitude...
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Dave Debo
March 14, 2018 - 7:35 am
(WBEN) The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has embarked on extensive programs to compensate victims of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of clergy. But experts say there is more to the problem than just the diocesan priests who have been publicly accused. They warn that the attention given the...
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