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Jay Tokasz

Jay Tokasz is part of the watchdog team at The Buffalo News. He has spent 25 years in newspapers, writing on a wide range of subjects, from evidence-tampering cops to papal elections.


Local News

An online fund for a Canisius College student whose parents cut off financial support upon learning she’s gay grew by $20,000 in a day, following a story in The Buffalo News about her plight. The GoFundMe campaign for Canisius sophomore Emily Scheck of Webster, Monroe County, raised more than $55,000 by early Sunday evening — an outpouring of support that also included …

Buffalo

BALTIMORE – Bishop Richard J. Malone, under fire in the Buffalo Diocese over his handling of sexual misconduct cases, kept a low profile at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' three-day meeting here that focused on how to hold bishops accountable when they’re accused of abuse or of covering up for abusive priests. Malone avoided making comments during public debate…

Buffalo

Bishop Richard J. Malone said this week that he was not aware that a Buffalo priest was the victim of an unsolved murder from 52 years ago, until a reporter from The Buffalo News contacted the diocese recently for information about the priest. The body of Monsignor Francis J.V. O’Connor was found in Scajaquada Creek near Assumption Church in Black Rock on March 13, …

Buffalo

BALTIMORE – Accusations of recent clergy sex abuse against children have declined dramatically since the U.S. Catholic bishops in 2002 reformed how they handled abuse allegations and priests accused of abuse, according to church officials. Dioceses across the country have received 302 allegations of child sex abuse that occurred in 2000 or later, according to the Center…

Local News

BALTIMORE – Catholic bishops that ignored sexual abuses by clergy should resign, the chairman of a National Review Board established to advise bishops on sex abuse issues said Tuesday. Francesco C. Cesareo told more than 250 bishops from around the country at a meeting on the clergy sex abuse crisis that has engulfed the church in the U.S. that bishops need to do more t…

Local News

BALTIMORE – Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone is among several Catholic bishops gathered here this week who are under fire in their home dioceses or former dioceses over how they handled sexual misconduct complaints. That list even includes Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, the current president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop William E. Lori, the he…

Buffalo

BALTIMORE – U.S. bishops meeting here this week were directed by the Vatican not to vote on two measures aimed at disciplining themselves in sexual misconduct cases. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston said Monday that he received word from the Vatican telling the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to delay their votes until the measures …

Local News

Catholic bishops from around the country will meet as a group Monday for the first time since an explosive grand jury report exposed a cover-up of hundreds of clergy abuse cases in Pennsylvania, and since several states – including New York – launched new investigations into the manner in which dioceses addressed allegations of abuse. The Buffalo Diocese’s embattled Bis…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Catholic Diocese suspended the Rev. Ronald P. Sajdak due to a complaint alleging that Sajdak, before becoming a priest, sexually abused a teenage boy. Sajdak, the pastor of a Catholic church in Clarence, was a teenager himself in the 1970s when the accuser alleges the abuse began. The accuser said Sajdak, 63, blackmailed him into an abusive sexual rel…

Featured

A new Democratic majority in the state Senate means childhood victims of sex abuse might soon be able to sue the Catholic Church in clergy molestation cases that date back decades. Senate Democrats said Wednesday that passing the Child Victims Act will be a top priority when they assume control in 2019. Democrats on Tuesday won at least 37 seats in the Senate, winning c…

Featured

Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone said he did not know prior to this spring that the Rev. Fabian J. Maryanski had been accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl, and that’s why he allowed Maryanski to continue working in parishes for years. U.S. Catholic Church policy forbids priests with even a single credible allegation against them from being in ministry. …

Watchdog

Buffalo Diocese officials, acknowledging a recent "tsunami" of new claims of child sex abuse, said Monday they added 36 priests' names to a list released in March that identified clergy who had been credibly accused of abuse. The diocese's list of credibly accused priests now stands at 78 priests – and includes 16 priests who are members of religious orders, a category …

Buffalo

The current pastor and the immediate former pastor of a large parish in Clarence both have been suspended from ministry after the Diocese of Buffalo received complaints of abuse against them. The suspended priests are Monsignor Frederick D. Leising and the Rev. Ronald P. Sajdak. Sajdak is the current pastor of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Clarence. L…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Diocese is now relying on a former FBI agent to investigate complaints of clergy sex abuse instead of assigning the task to a high-ranking church official. Allegations of abuse no longer get forwarded to Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz for investigation. Instead, former agent Steve L. Halter is handling those complaints and conducting a preliminary investig…

Crime

A 20-year-old University at Buffalo student was in critical condition after being hit Thursday by a vehicle whose driver fled the scene of the accident. University police said the collision is being investigated as a hit-and-run. It happened just before 10 p.m. on Hadley Road in front of the Hadley Village Apartments on the university's North Campus. Police did not r…