New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday sued the Buffalo Diocese, along with retired Bishop Richard J. Malone and retired Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz, alleging that diocese leaders protected more than two dozen priests accused of child sexual abuse by not referring their cases to the Vatican for potential removal from the priesthood, reports Jay Tokasz.
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"I am deeply humbled and grateful to the Holy Father for this gift to serve the people of Buffalo as their bishop," Fisher stated in a release.
Diocese officials waited years, and sometimes decades, to separate accused priests from children and discipline them, according to diocese files revealed in a lawsuit filed last week by Attorney General Letitia James.
A U.S. Bankruptcy judge rejected the Buffalo Diocese’s request to retain a law firm to represent retired Bishop Richard J. Malone and retired Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz, both of whom are individually named, along with the diocese, in the lawsuit.