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Every year since 1937, Latter-day Saints have made their way to a 10-acre patch of land east of Rochester to stage a pageant on their sacred Hill Cumorah, where they re-enact scenes from the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Members of the faith believe it was on that hill that an angel called Moroni met with church founder Joseph Smith in 1827 to reveal golden plates that wou…

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Fourteen months after a Lockport man accused Monsignor John M. Ryan of molesting him in the 1980s, Bishop Richard J. Malone has yet to decide whether Ryan committed the abuse and should be further punished. The man's May 8, 2018 application to a Buffalo Diocese program that compensates victims of clergy abuse prompted Malone to suspend Ryan, 89, last July from publicly …

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An Amherst church is holding a vigil next Friday, July 12, to protest conditions at migrant holding centers along the border. North Presbyterian Church is one of more than 75 organizations working with the grassroots coalition behind Lights for Liberty: A Nationwide Vigil to End Human Detention Camps. Organizers say events across the country and overseas will bring toge…

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The 2019 Catholic Charities appeal finished more than $1.5 million short of an $11 million goal, as the Buffalo Diocese struggled to overcome dismay over its handling of clergy sexual abuse claims. The Catholic human service agency did not have a final tally of the amount raised, said spokeswoman Rose Caldwell, adding that a full announcement would happen in mid-July. …

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May 11, 1925 – June 25, 2019 Sister Mary Norbert Stang, a teacher in Catholic elementary and high schools, died June 25 in the health care center at Fredonia Place of Williamsville in the former St. Mary of the Angels Motherhouse. She was 94. Born Agnes Stang in Boston, N.Y., one of five children, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis on Aug. 2, …

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Three Hamburg priests — on leave of absence since being accused of inappropriate remarks at a party with seminarians — are being returned to their assignments, Bishop Richard J. Malone announced Saturday. The reinstatement of the Rev. Arthur E. Mattulke, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Church in Hamburg; the Rev. Patrick T. O’Keefe, parochial vicar of SS. Peter and Paul; a…

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An independent organization of Buffalo Catholics is applauding the appointments of a new chairman and three lay people to the finance council of the Buffalo Diocese. Members of the Movement to Restore Trust, which seeks to restore trust in the church in the wake of the clergy sex abuse scandal, praised the appointments as a step toward increased "financial transparency.…

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Under new protocols adopted last week by the nation’s Catholic bishops, a former high-ranking Buffalo Diocese administrator who served 22 years as bishop of the Erie Diocese should be punished for his role in mishandling clergy sex abuses cases in both dioceses, said a former Catholic priest who resides in Buffalo. James Faluszczak said Bishop Emeritus Donald W. Trautma…

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The second-in-command of the Buffalo Diocese in the early 1980s allegedly blamed a teenage boy who accused the Rev. Michael R. Freeman of sexually abusing him. Monsignor Donald W. Trautman told the boy in a meeting at diocese headquarters that he should have avoided Freeman, who was assigned to St. Christopher Church in the Town of Tonawanda at the time, according to lo…

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The Rev. Joseph C. Gatto’s next assignment as a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has been put on hold. A diocese spokeswoman released a statement Wednesday saying that Gatto – who had been suspended since last September due to an accusation that he made a suggestive advance on an adult male – will not be assigned to St. Christopher Church in the Town of Tonawan…

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James Bottlinger spent a lot of time as a teenager inside the rectory of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Lancaster, where the Rev. Michael Freeman served as associate pastor. The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo already had received three complaints about Freeman’s alleged sexual abuse of boys when Freeman arrived at the parish in 1984 and began molesting Bottlinger, an…

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More than a quarter of U.S. Catholics say they went to Mass less often and reduced their giving to a parish or diocese due to reports of clergy sex abuse and misconduct in the Catholic Church, according to a new Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday. Weekly Mass attendees were less likely than others to say that their attendance at Mass had dipped or that they had…

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The woman who leaked documents on clergy sex abuse in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese attended Bishop Richard J. Malone’s first listening session with the laity Saturday. One of about 200 Catholics in attendance at the two-hour session at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Amherst, Siobhan O’Connor said the gathering left her with a sense of concern that Catholics ar…

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March 27, 1927 - June 5, 2019 Sister Mary Dolores Cook, a Catholic nun who served as a nurse, teacher and Vicar for Religious in the Diocese of Buffalo over her 62 years as a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, died Wednesday in Fredonia Place of Williamsville Health Care Center. She was 92. Born Ellen Frances Cook in Windber, Pa., she graduated from Windber High S…