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About two dozen Catholic Diocese of Buffalo priests removed from ministry due to child sex abuse complaints continue to collect a salary or pension from the diocese. Three of those suspended priests remain on the diocese’s payroll even though they haven’t functioned as clergy in more than 25 years, and six priests removed at least 15 years ago continue to get monetary s…

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Our Lady of Victory Organizations has announced new names for three of its partner organizations "in an effort to clarify, unify, and simplify the brands, and build upon the success and legacy of its founder, the Venerable Nelson Baker," the groups said in a press released. The new names of the three partner organizations are: OLV Charities – formerly Our Lady of V…

Buffalo

Bishop Richard J. Malone faces a new normal when he heads out to functions for the Buffalo Diocese these days. Instead of the traditional deference given to bishops at such events, Malone gets a regular dose of defiance from a small, but persistent group of picketers critical of his handling of an unraveling clergy abuse scandal. Tensions between the protesters and t…

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The Brooklyn bishop directed by the Vatican to investigate Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone’s handling of a sex abuse scandal has wrapped up interviews in the Buffalo area with nearly 80 people. The Brooklyn Diocese issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying that Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio concluded his Apostolic Visitation of the Buffalo Diocese. DiMarzio ma…

Crime

Seven people accused the former administrator in a Catholic elementary school in Buffalo of molesting them when they were pre-teen students there. John Curtin allegedly molested the plaintiffs in 1988 and 1989 when they were 6 to 12 years old and attending a Catholic school on Emslie Street, according to a Child Victims Act lawsuit filed Friday. The suit says Curtin …

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The Buffalo Diocese has added 19 names since last November to its growing list of priests with substantiated claims of child sexual abuse. That list now includes 97 priests – 75 from the diocese and 22 religious order priests who worked in the diocese. The list of names has more than doubled in the less than two years since Bishop Richard J. Malone first began identi…

“Know Thy Neighbor,” an interfaith project to promote understanding and exploration of different religious traditions, debuts at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St. The first of four planned discussions will focus on concepts of God within the Christian and Muslim faiths. It will feature panelists Ted Pijacki, a Catholic deacon at St. Benedict …

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Michael Tatu felt some relief 51 years ago when the Rev. Norbert F. Orsolits was transferred from St. John the Evangelist Church. Tatu said he grew fearful of Orsolits after the priest molested him at a drive-in theater when he was 14. But the priest who replaced Orsolits, the Rev. William F. J. White, turned out to be no better for Tatu. Tatu, 65, said White sexu…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Diocese removed the Rev. Norbert F. Orsolits from a South Buffalo Catholic parish in 1968, shortly after parents complained that Orsolits had molested a 14-year-old boy in the back seat of his car at a drive-in theater. But Orsolits quickly wound up in another Buffalo parish. And he went on to molest other boys across Western New York, according to severa…

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The Child Victims Act is unconstitutional, and a decades-old childhood sexual abuse case filed under the new law should be dismissed, a Catholic religious order is asserting. The Province of St. Anthony of Padua of the Conventual Franciscans and related entities have asked a State Supreme Court judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the Rev. Mark Andrzejczuk of sexually ab…

Business

A Chicago-based insurance company has launched an opening salvo in what are expected to be bruising legal battles between the Buffalo Diocese and its insurers over payouts on clergy sex abuse claims under the Child Victims Act and the legal costs of defending the diocese against the claims. Continental Insurance Company is arguing in court papers that insurance policies…

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For nearly 30 consecutive years, Most Precious Blood Parish in Angola had priests accused of molesting boys assigned to work at the church and its elementary school. But lawsuits filed Tuesday allege a former female teacher, Dianna Vacco, sexually abused two girls who were in her Most Precious Blood School class decades ago. An Angola woman’s lawsuit accuses Vacco of…

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Michael F. Whalen Jr. wants to sit down with the Rev. Norbert F. Orsolits someday and forgive the priest he says molested him when he was an impressionable boy in need of a role model. “You know, I’ve carried the pain that he caused me for 40 years. For the rest of his days, I want him to wonder why one survivor forgave him,” said Whalen, a former U.S. Army private who …

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The Vatican directed Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn on Thursday to investigate the Buffalo Diocese through an "apostolic visitation.” A Buffalo Diocese spokeswoman released a statement saying that Bishop Richard J. Malone welcomed the visitation. “Bishop Malone has committed to cooperate fully and stated that this Visitation is for the good of th…