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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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