The Buffalo Diocese is launching a monitoring program that will include monthly home visits and other restrictions for offending priests.
The diocese wants to retain the Jones Day firm as “special counsel” for the lawsuit, which alleges 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.
The Buffalo Diocese’s practice of designating accused priests as “unassignable,” and allowing them to retire or go on medical leave, was a clear dereliction of duty to the Catholic faithful, the “flock” they are supposed to guard as shepherds.
The desire to cover up his misbehavior rather than confront it with the synagogue’s congregation resembles the cover-up culture that has become all too familiar in the Catholic Church scandals.
Robert Hoatson accused Scharfenberger of keeping secret information about clergy sexual abuse of children and allowing a priest accused of abuse in a lawsuit of remaining in ministry at a Buffalo church.
Sean Kirst writes that if the diocese truly seeks reconciliation, it will fully reveal the process by which abusive priests were removed from one parish and given new