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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…

Local News

The Brooklyn bishop investigating the Buffalo Diocese and Bishop Richard J. Malone interviewed more than 30 people in a visit to Western New York this week. The Diocese of Brooklyn released a statement Thursday afternoon stating that Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio “is determined to continue the fact-finding mission he has been directed to carry out by the Holy See.” “Both …

Buffalo

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…

Buffalo

The saga of a disgraced Catholic bishop in Missouri reveals how unlikely it is that the pope would quickly force Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone to resign over his handling of a clergy abuse scandal. In 2012, Bishop Robert W. Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph became the first Catholic prelate in the country to be convicted of protecting from prosecu…

Buffalo

The Rev. Arthur J. Smith, who has been a magnet for controversy in the Buffalo Diocese clergy abuse scandal, is accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy 43 years ago during a field trip to Washington, D.C., for eighth-grade students from a local Catholic school. The boy and his two sisters were permitted by the principal at St. Bernadette Elementary Sc…

Courts

Three new lawsuits alleging child sex abuse decades ago by Buffalo Diocese priests who are who now deceased assert that those priests likely live in hell as a result of their crimes. The Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria law firm also cited Catholic Church doctrine in stating that its clients were unable to locate hell to serve the priests who molested them with a court summo…

Buffalo

In a letter to priests, Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone indicated no plans to resign, despite a poll this week that showed 86% of area Catholics wanted him to step down and a New York Times story published Wednesday that characterized him as “approaching persona non grata status in his own diocese.” Malone sent area priests this week a five-page memo in which h…

Religion

Bishop Richard J. Malone Wednesday told a TV news reporter that he does not give too much credence to polls, in response to a recent one by The Buffalo News that found nearly 86% of local Catholics think he should resign as head of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. "I was not, of course, happy to see that, but I've learned over the years not to give too much credence to …

Buffalo

More Child Victims Act lawsuits have been filed against the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo than against any other defendant in New York State, The Buffalo News has determined. From Aug. 14 through Sept. 16, 138 lawsuits were filed against the Buffalo Diocese, alleging it negligently allowed priests or other employees to sexually abuse children. The Archdiocese of New Yo…

Buffalo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not join in the calls for Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone to resign, but said Malone should consider it if he's lost the support of Western New York Catholics. "I don’t know the facts well enough," Cuomo said Tuesday when asked by The Buffalo News if Malone should step down. "I do know that in that calculation he would have to determine…

Buffalo

An overwhelming majority of area Catholics or lapsed Catholics want Bishop Richard J. Malone to resign as leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, a recent poll by The Buffalo News has found. Nearly 86% of the 473 Erie and Niagara county residents surveyed this weekend said they feel Malone should step down from the post he has held since 2012. Fewer than 3% of tho…

Courts

The Buffalo Diocese was still considering seeking bankruptcy protection Thursday after the neighboring Rochester Diocese took that route to deal with a landslide of lawsuits over its handling of clergy sexual abuse of children. The Rochester Diocese became the first Catholic diocese in the state to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Nineteen of the 20 largest…

Buffalo

The pastor of one of the region’s largest and wealthiest Catholic parishes is urging fellow priests to call upon Bishop Richard J. Malone and Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz to resign and let others lead the Buffalo Diocese. The Rev. Robert Zilliox, pastor of St. Mary Church in Swormville, has contacted about 200 priests and asked them to sign a letter demanding that M…

Buffalo

Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz denies threatening to block the Rev. Ryszard S. Biernat’s ordination, after Biernat complained to diocese administrators in 2004 that he was sexually assaulted by a priest, a Buffalo Diocese spokeswoman said. The Buffalo News on Sunday reported the accusation by Biernat, who also said that Grosz’s treatment of his complaint was “10 times…

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Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz allegedly threatened to halt the Rev. Ryszard S. Biernat’s ordination as a priest and have him deported to Poland after Biernat complained in 2004 to Buffalo Diocese administrators that he was sexually assaulted by a priest. “He said, ‘Ryszard, if you don’t stop talking about this, you will not be ordained. Do you hear me? Do you hear me…