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Mark Lynch says he was molested by a priest when he was 13. The abuse happened 50 years ago, well beyond when a sex crime could be prosecuted. But the FBI wanted to know more, anyway. Lynch said two federal agents visited him at his Youngstown home about a month ago, armed with questions about the abuse and the Buffalo Diocese's response to his allegations against th…

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At a Catholic church forum Monday designed to move forward from the sexual abuse crisis in the Buffalo Diocese, WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) anchor Maryalice Demler ended up upsetting some in attendance who interpreted her remarks as an unprofessional critique of a competing TV station. Multiple people came away from the panel at St. Joseph University Church near the University …

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The Buffalo Diocese’s chief financial officer will leave his post in January. Steven D. Timmel, who spent 31 years working for the diocese, gave notice this week that he will resign as executive director of financial administration, effective Jan. 31. The resignation comes as the diocese prepares to pay out potentially millions of dollars in awards to childhood v…

The choir of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo will perform Part V of Johann Sebastian Bach's six-part Christmas Oratorio during Sunday's 10:30 a.m. service at the church, 695 Elmwood Ave. The program, conducted by Music Director Daniel Bassin, will feature not only the choir, but soloists, all of whom will be accompanied by musicians from the Buffalo Philhar…

June 13, 1929 — Nov. 17, 2018 The Very Rev. Elton O. Smith Jr., longtime dean of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo — and one of the area’s most influential religious leaders — died Nov. 17 in Beechwood Continuing Care in Amherst. He was 89. Rev. Smith was the second longest-serving dean at St. Paul’s, the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York. …

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The Buffalo Diocese so far has offered as much as $360,000 and as little as $10,000 to settle molestation claims against some of its priests. Attorneys who represent victims of childhood sex abuse said they recently received compensation offers for 19 clients, ranging from $10,000 to $360,000. They are the first award offers since the diocese announced the program in Ma…

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Neighbors of a residence for nuns in Amherst object to a zoning change requested by the property's prospective buyer. Tzetzo Cos. of Buffalo has agreed to buy the St. Mary of the Angels regional house on Reist Street, with plans to convert the building to senior housing, with the nuns allowed to stay. However, that requires a zoning change, and nearby homeowners fear…

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Two upcoming separate events — a former priest's talk Sunday and a parish-sponsored forum Monday — will address the clergy sex abuse crisis in the Catholic church and the Buffalo Diocese. Roy Bourgeois, removed from the Catholic priesthood over his outspoken support for women's ordination, will discuss "Crisis in the Catholic Church: Clericalism or the Gospel," at 3 p.m…

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St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral will offer an interfaith experience next weekend with Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein of Temple Shir Shalom. The event starts at 10:15 a.m. Sunday during the weekly service in the historic church at Church and Pearl streets. It will mark both the first Sunday of Advent and first night of Hanukkah. To honor this rarity, Lazarus-Klein will bl…

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A deceased former Buffalo Diocese priest is accused of pointing a gun at the head of a teenage boy he was molesting in the mid-1980s. The sexual abuses are alleged to have happened after Buffalo Diocese officials were told the Rev. Michael R. Freeman had molested other boys and young men, but kept him in ministry. Freeman was serving as associate pastor at St. Mary p…

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A firestorm in the Buffalo Diocese over Bishop Richard J. Malone’s handling of clergy molestation allegations was not specifically mentioned when more than 250 Catholic bishops, including Malone, gathered last week in Baltimore to address the church’s ongoing sex abuse crisis. The bishops, at least in public, steered clear of commentary on the Buffalo Diocese or Malone,…

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Four new members have been added to the Buffalo Diocesan Review Board appointed to advise Bishop Richard J. Malone in his assessment of allegations of sexual abuse against children and vulnerable adults by clergy in the diocese. The Diocese of Buffalo Tuesday released a statement about the members, who join seven people previously appointed. Lee Coppola, former dean …

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BALTIMORE – Bishop Richard J. Malone, under fire in the Buffalo Diocese over his handling of sexual misconduct cases, kept a low profile at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' three-day meeting here that focused on how to hold bishops accountable when they’re accused of abuse or of covering up for abusive priests. Malone avoided making comments during public debate…

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Bishop Richard J. Malone said this week that he was not aware that a Buffalo priest was the victim of an unsolved murder from 52 years ago, until a reporter from The Buffalo News contacted the diocese recently for information about the priest. The body of Monsignor Francis J.V. O’Connor was found in Scajaquada Creek near Assumption Church in Black Rock on March 13, …