priest abuse

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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August 26, 2018 - 9:02 am
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Amidst a growing list of community and political leaders calling for his resignation, Bishop Richard Malone of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is releasing his first response to the questions of his leadership. Bishop Malone, through the diocese, released the following...
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Diocese of Buffalo (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Tom Puckett
June 28, 2018 - 6:18 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Buffalo Catholic Diocese Bishop Richard Malone has placed four more priests on administrative leave after being accused of abuse. Bishop Malone has placed the following priests on administrative leave until the completion of a preliminary investigation regarding a complaint of...
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Tom Puckett
June 20, 2018 - 6:20 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says while creepy, the alleged actions of a priest will not result in a charge.. "We have looked into it, and the alleged conduct did not rise to the level of criminal conduct," says Flynn in the case of a priest accused by a girl of...
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Tom Puckett
June 07, 2018 - 4:00 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Around the country, the issue of priest abuse has been around for decades. One reporter covering allegations around the country says dioceses need to be aware of complacency in handling claims. Dennis Coday of the National Catholic Reporter has been following such allegations for...
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St. Stephen Parish on Baseline Road in Grand Island on April 23, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Tom Puckett
April 23, 2018 - 11:07 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo Catholic Dicoese has placed two priests on leave after allegations of abuse. After receiving an abuse complaint against Father Arthur S. Smith, of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Depew, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Smith on administrative...
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Tom Puckett
April 17, 2018 - 2:13 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo Diocese says Bishop Richard Malone's residence on Oakland Place in Buffalo will go up for sale this summer. The diocese says all proceeds from the sale will go toward the diocese's program to help past victims of sex abuse by priests. “This move underscores the...
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March 30, 2018 - 3:41 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A Buffalo man has come forward, claiming a Buffalo priest molested him a half century ago. Mark Lynch says in 1968, when he was 13, he was sexually assaulted by Father Joseph Schuster. "It is my understanding I was the first among many of his victims," says Lynch. Schuster left...
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March 23, 2018 - 11:07 am
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Diocese of Buffalo and Bishop Richard Malone are responding to the sexual abuse scandal with a video apology. In the video, Bishop Malone offers ways in which victims may seek help and offers assurances of safety and security for the young people within the diocese. "I...
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March 18, 2018 - 1:06 pm
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - While a St. Patrick's Day Mass led by Bishop Richard Malone was underway inside St. Joe's Cathedral in downtown Buffalo Sunday, the Road to Recovery mission was holding a news briefing outside the church, calling on the Bishop to immediately release the names of all clergymen...
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