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A New Hampshire man who alleges a Buffalo priest sexually abused him when he was a youngster in Springville is suing the Diocese of Buffalo in federal court. Arthur Porada Jr., 61, said in court papers filed this week that James A. Spielman molested him multiple times from 1971 to 1976 when Porada was a parishioner of St. Aloysius Church in Springville. Spielman was ass…

Local News

More than 100 priests who worked in the Buffalo area have been publicly linked to sex allegations, according to Buffalo News reports, public records and lists of abusers prepared by the diocese and religious orders. That has led some to wonder: How pervasive is the problem? And why haven't more priests gone to prison? Those were among the questions readers have had a…

Buffalo

I knocked on the front door expecting the Rev. Norbert F. Orsolits not to answer – or to slam the door in my face when I introduced myself as a Buffalo News reporter and explained why I had driven 45 minutes to speak with him. I told Orsolits that a man named Michael Whalen publicly accused the priest of molesting him in the late 1970s. I was looking for a response. Ors…

Buffalo

A Niagara County woman who said she was sexually abused by a priest when she was a student at Cardinal O’Hara High School has sued the school, the Franciscan order that once staffed the school and the Diocese of Buffalo for $300 million. Gail Holler-Kennedy, 55, said she was abused between 1978 and 1981 by the Rev. Mark S. Andrzejczuk, a Franciscan friar who taught at t…

Watchdog

The Buffalo Diocese has offered to pay Thomas W. Travers because he was a victim of clergy sexual abuse as a boy. But the diocese refuses to add Monsignor Sylvester J. Holbel — the man Travers says raped him — to its list of 80 priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children. Travers said Holbel, a former superintendent of Catholic schools, groome…

Buffalo

The parish hall at St. Mary Church in Pavilion is named in honor of the late Rev. Robert P. Conlin, a longtime pastor of the parish. Wayne Bortle last March alleged that Conlin molested him when he was a teenager. The Buffalo Diocese subsequently acknowledged that Conlin was credibly accused of sexually abusing minors and has offered Bortle a cash award for his abuse cl…

Crime

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act Thursday morning, giving childhood victims of sex abuse a limited opportunity to sue for damages in cases where those victims previously would have been denied by the state’s statute of limitations. The governor’s signature at a ceremony in Manhattan cleared the way for potentially thousands of lawsuits to be filed in st…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Diocese so far has offered more than $8 million to nearly four dozen people sexually abused as children by priests, according to victims and lawyers who represent them. Diocese officials declined to comment on the number of offers to date that have been made or the overall dollar amount. They also would not say how many claims to the diocese’s Independent Re…

Buffalo

When the Buffalo Diocese offered childhood victims of clergy sex abuse a chance to be compensated for their pain and suffering, Jeffrey M. Shaw filed a claim. He alleged the Rev. Joseph Rappl abused him in 1981, when he was 11 years old and Rappl was an associate pastor in Lewiston. The diocese acknowledged that Rappl had been credibly accused of sexually abusing chi…

Buffalo

Harry King, 55, first told a Buffalo Diocese administrator in 2002 that the Rev. Donald Becker sexually abused him when King was a teenager in the late 1970s. He spoke to The Buffalo News this past spring, on the condition that his name be kept out of the story. Now, King is telling the world, with his name attached. King posted on Facebook this week a raw and powerf…

Buffalo

The Rev. Vincent Mooney has been credibly accused of sexually assaulting two children – and impregnating one of them – while serving as a counselor and president of Buffalo's Canisius High School from the late 1950s through mid-1970s, according to the Jesuit's Northeast Province. One of the children told Jesuit officials that Mooney raped her in his school office, got h…

Buffalo

Plans by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo to raise money for victims of sexual abuse by selling Bishop Richard J. Malone's former mansion and another property are coming to fruition quickly, as both properties now have buyers. Diocesan spokeswoman Kathy Spangler confirmed Thursday that the bishop's residence at 77 Oakland Place is under contract to be sold. She would not…

Erie County

After a prayer, some remarks and a protest song, about 70 people who gathered on the sidewalk outside the Catholic Charities administrative office turned toward the entrance of 741 Delaware Ave. and chanted: "Resign! Resign! Resign!" Their target was Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. He's on the board of directors at Catholic Charities, whi…

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Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone is part of a Catholic training video about preventing the sexual abuse of children. But, apparently, not for long. The embattled bishop will be edited out of the training videos, which are used by Catholic churches throughout the country, according to an article in The Cincinnati Enquirer. Malone, who has been called upon to resign…

Religion

The Buffalo Diocese cleared a Dunkirk priest of sexual abuse last month without talking with a second accuser who alleged he was molested as a child by the priest. Monday, the diocese interviewed the second man who alleges that the Rev. Dennis G. Riter abused him. For now, Riter will be allowed to remain at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, a diocese spokesman said. …