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Two Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing a child have been returned to their ministries after an investigation by the Buffalo Diocese was unable to substantiate the allegations against them, the diocese announced Friday. Monsignor Peter J. Popadick and the Rev. Paul M. Nogaro were taken off administrative leave after the person who complained about them refused …

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Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz, who will turn 75 in February, has written to Pope Francis asking for permission to retire, according to Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, apostolic administrator of the Buffalo Diocese. “He told me that he sent a letter to the Holy See,” Scharfenberger said when asked recently about Grosz’s status. “It’s customary for a bishop to … put i…

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Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger referred Monday to a Buffalo Diocese bankruptcy filing as a "probability" and said “it won’t be long” before a decision is made on whether to file. Representatives from other Catholic dioceses that went through bankruptcies have told Scharfenberger and his advisers that the process ultimately was the correct way to maintain their missions…

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Five months ago, Niagara Falls attorney Paul K. Barr had a tough decision to make as he prepared to record a radio advertisement inviting clients to file lawsuits against molesters under the state’s Child Victims Act. Barr kept asking himself if the commercial should mention that he, too, was allegedly molested by a priest in 1980. He decided that it should. “I wa…

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A Jesuit priest who previously had not been linked to a sex abuse claim is among several people accused in recently filed lawsuits of molesting children, along with an unnamed teacher at a South Buffalo Catholic school, an unnamed doctor at a home for orphaned and runaway girls, and a former Catholic priest who pleaded guilty in 1986 to a misdemeanor charge of first-degree…

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Readers posed many questions about Bishop Richard J. Malone after the Buffalo Diocese leader resigned under pressure for his handling of a clergy sexual abuse scandal in the diocese. Buffalo News reporter Jay Tokasz has covered the crisis since it began 22 months ago, when a retired priest, the Rev. Norbert Orsolits, admitted to him that he had sexually abused "probably…

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The news that Bishop Richard J. Malone resigned as leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, with Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger becoming the diocese's temporary administrator, meant almost nothing to John A. Polvino. About 18 months ago, Polvino publicly accused the Rev. Donald W. Becker of molesting him in 1975 when he was 13. Polvino became a vocal critic of…

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The two sat side by side Saturday morning. They even hugged. One was Michael Whalen, whose heart-wrenching story about what he suffered at the hands of a local priest launched the clergy sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo for the past year. The other was Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, who has been assigned by the Vatican to serve …

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From the moment he described survivors of clergy sexual abuse as “part of our family,” Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger sounded a different note than what many victims of abuse heard from Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone. Scharfenberger pledged in his first day on the job as the new man in the Buffalo Diocese’s top leadership spot to meet with “any and all survivo…

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A clergy abuse scandal roiling the Buffalo Diocese for nearly two years was on the cusp of entering a new phase on Wednesday, with the Vatican expected to announce that Bishop Richard J. Malone is stepping down. Two sources confirmed Tuesday that diocese officials were organizing a news conference to address Malone’s departure, which is expected to be announced by the V…

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Bishop Richard J. Malone will request an “early retirement” and exit as head of the Buffalo Diocese, a source told The Buffalo News on Monday, following an earlier report that Pope Francis was expected to accept Malone’s resignation on Wednesday. Malone, 73, has resisted calls for his resignation for more than a year over his handling of a clergy sex abuse crisis that n…

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Richard Watroba grew tired of waiting for leaders of the Buffalo Diocese to acknowledge they had protected the Rev. James E. McCarthy. He decided to force the issue earlier this month, filing a lawsuit that accuses McCarthy of sexually abusing him, beginning in 1973 when he was a 10-year-old altar boy. The suit claims the diocese hid McCarthy’s alleged abuses. “I wan…

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Bishop Richard J. Malone and a Buffalo Diocese spokeswoman on Thursday pushed back harder against a report that Malone’s resignation was imminent. “Absolutely false. Thank you very much, that’s the end of our conversation,” Malone told a Vatican reporter Thursday morning when asked about rumors he planned to resign. But Malone and his spokeswoman also declined to ans…

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A Buffalo Diocese spokeswoman said Wednesday that she has not been made aware of any plans by Bishop Richard J. Malone to submit a letter of resignation to Pope Francis during his visit to the Vatican this week. "Bishop Malone continues to serve as the leader of the Diocese of Buffalo," Diocese spokeswoman Kathy Spangler said in response to a tweet from a Vatican corres…

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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…