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Bishop Richard J. Malone assures donors that no gifts to Catholic Charities will be used to settle clergy sexual abuse claims. But area Catholics – one way or another – are paying. To compensate sex abuse victims, Malone said the diocese will rely on insurance coverage, investment reserves and the possible sale of property, all of which trace back to the wallets and …

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A priest who taught students at two Buffalo-area Catholic high schools for more than a decade was suspended from any public ministry in 2014 after he was accused of sexually abusing a minor, The Buffalo News confirmed this week. The Rev. Michael M. Lewandowski, now 71, was suspended after the allegation was made in May 2014, according to the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-…

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A 63-year-old Youngstown man alleges he was sexually abused 50 years ago by a Niagara Falls priest who received many awards and honors for his work with poor people, the homeless and disadvantaged teenagers. Niagara County resident Mark V. Lynch said he was 13 years old when he was molested in 1968 by the late Rev. Joseph A. Schuster in a Niagara Falls rectory. He sa…

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A final state budget deal went forward on Friday without including the Child Victims Act, legislation that would have expanded the statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases and created a "look back" period for victims to file lawsuits in cases of abuse from years ago. "The best I can say is its disappointing and not surprising," said Thomas Travers, a Buffalo m…

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When Sister Mary McCarrick was asked to become director of Catholic Charities of Buffalo in 2009, she dutifully promised to give it a try. “This was not on my job plan,” she told Edward Kmiec, who was bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo at the time. “I have no need for this job. I have no particular attraction for this job, but I’ll give it a try.” Then McCarrick gave…

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A former Genesee County man has accused a dead Buffalo Diocese priest of sexually abusing him as a teenager. The Rev. Robert P. Conlin was not on the list of 42 priests whom the diocese recently said had credible allegations against them. Wayne Bortle, 53, publicly accused Conlin of sexually abusing him in the rectory of St. Mary Church in Pavilion more than three de…

Fifteen years ago, when a man publicly accused the Rev. Richard P. Judd of sexually abusing him as a child, the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo wouldn't answer questions about the preist, according to the Niagara Gazette.  Now Judd's accuser is happy that the diocese included Judd on a list of 42 priests who had credible allegations of sexual abuse against them. The man,…

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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo's decision to publicly name its priests who had credible allegations of sexual abuse involving a minor will be followed by one neighboring diocese, but not by  another. After the Buffalo Diocese released on March 20 a list of 42 priests accused of abusing minors, the Catholic Diocese of Erie, Pa., said it plans to release its own list of …

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Catholic Charities has raised over $7 million of the $11 million it hopes to raise this year through its 2018 Appeal, Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo announced Tuesday. The update followed Appeals Week, which ran from March 17 to 25. The fundraising effort is scheduled to end June 30. Funds raised through the Appeal allow Catholic Charities social …

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For decades, the custom existed mostly only in memory. On Holy Thursday, parents and grandparents would recall, Catholics used to pray at seven churches. Holy Thursday is one of the most solemn nights of the liturgical calendar. Mass ends in stark silence, anticipating Jesus’ suffering and death. The main altar is stripped, and crosses are covered. The Blessed Sacrament…

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Eight priests from the Diocese of Buffalo accused of sexually abusing children live within a short walk of area elementary and middle schools. Beyond naming the priests, the diocese has declined to disclose addresses or any other information about the 42 priests it said on Tuesday had credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors brought against them. Se…

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On the eve of the holiest week in the Catholic church, Bishop Richard J. Malone has issued a video about the priest abuse scandal in the Buffalo Diocese. In it, he apologizes for the "tremendous pain" caused to the victims, whom he asks to come forward to the police and the diocese.  He said victims can call the diocese's victims' assistance line at (716) 895-3010. T…

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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo mistakenly put the wrong James Hayes on its list of 42 priests facing allegations of sexual abuse involving minors, a diocese official said Thursday. The Rev. James P. Hayes, a priest who died in 1988, should have been on the list the diocese issued Tuesday, said spokesman George Richert after being alerted to the possible error. The R…

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A Buffalo woman faces up to 15 years in prison after admitting she scammed local churches and nonprofit groups out of more than $200,000 by misrepresenting herself as a grant writer and fundraiser, authorities said Thursday. Christina Sanford Gordon, 47, pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to grand larceny, scheme to defraud and criminal possession of a forged instrumen…