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Amidst abuse crisis, bishop meets with local clergy and media
Thu, Nov 8th 2018 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone said there are no priests currently in ministry that he is aware of with credible allegations against them. He also addressed plans expand current abuse safeguards to protect adults as well as minors. The bishop spoke with media on Nov. 5, to answer concerns regarding sexual abuse by members of local clergy. The bishop, along with chancery staff, explained the history of abuse, steps taken to prevent it, and the diocesan compensation program for victims.
Diocese releases new list of priests
Wed, Nov 7th 2018 10:00 am
On Nov. 5, 2018, the Diocese of Buffalo released another list of priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor. This is in addition to the original list published in March 2018. Priests who received a single allegation after their death are not included. Death dates for diocesan priests are in parenthesis.
Msgr. Leising and Father Sajdak placed on administrative leave
Sat, Nov 3rd 2018 05:30 pm
After receiving abuse complaints against Msgr. Frederick R. Leising and Father Ronald P. Sajdak, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Msgr. Leising and Father Sajdak on administrative leave as an investigation continues.
Bishop Malone: 'With God all things are possible'
Fri, Nov 2nd 2018 03:00 pm
As we move through this extremely difficult time in the Church's history, at the forefront of my mind each day and foremost in my prayers are all victims who have suffered at the hands of clergy they trusted. My heart hurts and I share in the anger, grief and disappointment felt by so many. This crisis has shaken our community of believers to its core. But as Jesus said in Matthew 19:26, "With man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible." Those words couldn't be truer. We as human beings are completely inept to do anything on our own, but with God, there is hope.
Father Juran placed on administrative leave
Wed, Oct 31st 2018 04:00 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Father Michael P. Juran, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Juran on administrative leave as an investigation continues.
Bishop Malone gives statement to '60 Minutes'
Sat, Oct 27th 2018 08:00 am
The following is the statement Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo released to "60 Minutes" in advance of their upcoming story on the Diocese of Buffalo. The diocese also released it to the public.
Father Dolinic placed on administrative leave
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 04:00 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Father Louis S. Dolinic, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Dolinic on administrative leave as an investigation continues.
Bishop holds Holy Hour of Reparation and Healing for abuse victims
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 10:00 am
In the wake of the priest abuse scandal that has shaken the Diocese of Buffalo, Bishop Richard J. Malone held a Holy Hour of Reparation and Healing "to apologize deeply and sincerely to all who have been victimized by clergy or other Church ministers." The Sept. 30 gathering took place at 3 p.m., Mercy Hour, at St. Joseph Cathedral.
Diocese institutes Office of Professional Responsibility
Mon, Oct 1st 2018 10:00 am
At an Aug. 26 news conference, Bishop Richard J. Malone announced that the Diocese of Buffalo would establish a new Office of Professional Responsibility. Its mission would be to review the Diocesan Code of Conduct, strengthen it wherever necessary, and enforce it.
Father Gatto placed on administrative leave
Thu, Sep 27th 2018 05:00 pm
Yesterday afternoon, the diocese received a complaint against Father Joseph C. Gatto involving an alleged sexual advance made on an adult. Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Gatto on administrative leave as an investigation continues.
Father Mierzwa placed on administrative leave
Mon, Sep 24th 2018 04:00 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Father Ronald B. Mierzwa, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Mierzwa on administrative leave as an investigation continues.
Father Sardina placed on administrative leave
Thu, Sep 13th 2018 01:00 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Father John J. Sardina, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Sardina on administrative leave as an investigation continues. This administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint.
An important message from Bishop Malone
Sat, Sep 1st 2018 01:50 pm
It is important that I once again address the topic which has caused so much pain for so many. You do not need me to remind you that grave sins and crimes committed by a small percentage of clergy have had wide-ranging and long-lasting effects both here in our diocese and in the worldwide Church. I am convinced that the best way to respond to complaints of past abuse and to restore trust in the Church and her clergy is to be as open and as transparent as reasonably possible in addressing the complaints and taking action against offending priests.
Father Robert Yetter placed on administrative leave
Mon, Aug 27th 2018 03:00 pm
After receiving a new abuse complaint against Father Robert Yetter, Bishop Richard J. Malone has asked for and received the resignation of Father Yetter as pastor of St Mary's of Swormville. Father Yetter has also been placed on administrative leave as an investigation continues. Please note that this administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint.
Bishop Malone announces new actions to stop abuse
Sun, Aug 26th 2018 04:00 pm
On Sunday afternoon Bishop Richard J. Malone outlined new actions to handle cases of clerical sexual abuse against both children and adults.
Bishop Malone message to St. Mary's of Swormville
Sat, Aug 25th 2018 04:00 pm
The following is a statement from Bishop Richard J. Malone which was read to the faith community of St. Mary of Swormville:
Update on priests placed on administrative leave
Thu, Jun 28th 2018 04:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo has released the following update regarding priests placed on administrative leave:
Father Wolski placed on administrative leave
Thu, May 31st 2018 08:00 am
After receiving an abuse complaint against Rev. Mark J. Wolski, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Wolski on administrative leave as an investigation continues. Please note that this administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint.
Father Smith and Father Venne placed on administrative leave
Mon, Apr 23rd 2018 10:00 am
After receiving an abuse complaint against Fr. Arthur S. Smith, of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Depew, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Smith on administrative leave as an investigation continues. Bishop Malone has also placed Rev. Samuel J. Venne on administrative leave after receiving an abuse complaint. Fr. Venne is a retired priest serving at St. Stephen's Parish on Grand Island.
Diocese releases list of priests
Tue, Mar 20th 2018 10:15 am
The following list identifies diocesan priests who were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. This list also includes deceased priests with more than one allegation made against them.
Diocese announces Compensation Program for victims of sexual abuse
Thu, Mar 1st 2018 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced the establishment of a voluntary Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) for those who have made claims that they were sexually abused as a child by a member of the clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo. Individuals who have previously made claims will be contacted and invited to participate in this voluntary program offering monetary settlements.