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.
The creditor’s committee that represents survivors of childhood sex abuse in the Buffalo Diocese’s bankruptcy case is opposing the diocese’s efforts to hire additional lawyers, in particular former New York Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco.
In the past month, the Greater Niagara Frontier Council has been named a defendant in seven Child Victims Act cases filed in Erie County State Supreme Court.
The Buffalo Diocese’s lists of assets and liabilities filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court identifies multiple investment funds and bank accounts holding in excess of $28 million, dozens of properties and a fleet of vehicles. What the schedule doesn’t mention is insurance coverage, which has played a huge role in the resolutions of other Chapter 11 reorganizations by dioceses
Ilan D. Scharf, an attorney for the official committee of unsecured creditors, called the diocese’s motion a “flagrant attempt to absolve” parishes and other sued Catholic organizations of any
A Williamsville attorney is asking Pope Francis to intervene and reinstate the pay and benefits of a priest who was suspended from ministry due to substantiated allegations of child sex abuse. The lawyer, Michael S. Taheri, said in a letter to the pontiff that there was no “legal or canonical basis” for Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger to terminate pay
The Buffalo Diocese, as part of bankruptcy negotiations, will no longer pay or provide health care for priests facing substantiated sex abuse
Diocese officials have strongly recommended that the parishes band together and retain their own attorney to represent them going
No criminal charges will be filed against a high-ranking priest who was placed on administrative leave by the Buffalo Diocese following an allegation of sexual misconduct, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn told The Buffalo News. Flynn said a prosecutor and an investigator in his Special Victims Bureau interviewed the individual who made the allegation last week against
Richard Brownell recalled watching a 1993 television newscast in which the Rev. Bernard “Corky” Mach, a popular Catholic priest assigned to a Lockport parish at the time, tearfully denied molesting a 14-year-old
“Emotionally, it’s so disheartening, so discouraging. It’s a slap in the face,” said one victim who has tried to contact the diocese on several occasions but has not received a call
The committee is charged with investigating the diocese and its assets, liabilities and operations, as well as claims made against the diocese, and then ultimately negotiating a
Confidential Buffalo Diocese personnel files on the Rev. Norbert Orsolits and the Rev. William F.J. White corroborate what has been reported in news stories about the two priests accused in multiple lawsuits of molesting children, a Buffalo lawyer who has reviewed the files said. “It pretty much confirms everything that is known and alleged about these guys,” said attorney
The diocese, in its bankruptcy filings, disputed the idea that officials are seeking bankruptcy reorganization as a way to “shirk or avoid responsibility” for priest
It could take years before it becomes clear what a reorganized Buffalo Diocese will look like but what happened in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in Wisconsin may provide some
Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger described the Chapter 11 process as an opportunity to focus on the diocese’s
The move to file for bankruptcy, lawyers for the church said, is designed to ensure that people who suffered abuse receive adequate compensation while also allowing the diocese to continue its core
The filing halts the discovery process of Child Victims Act lawsuits, which means survivors will probably not have the opportunity to testify in
Bishop Scharfenberger met with about 125 priests Monday afternoon to discuss the likelihood of a bankruptcy filing and what it could mean for the
The lawsuits were the first to allege abuse by McPherson, who died in 1982 at age
The Buffalo Diocese ended its 2019 fiscal year $5 million in the red, due primarily to a big decline in donations amid a scandal over clergy sexual abuse from decades
A second allegation of sexual abuse of a child has been filed against a Catholic priest who was recently returned to ministry by the Buffalo Diocese after it ruled a prior complaint was unsubstantiated. The diocese allowed the Rev. Paul M. Nogaro to resume practicing as a priest on Jan. 17, after saying it was unable to substantiate the
The man, who is not named, is the oldest plaintiff in Western New York to file a Child Victims Act case to date. The priest he is accusing of abuse died more than 55 years
The lawsuit is the first known defamation case in Western New York filed against a person over allegations made in a Child Victims Act