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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 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…

Watchdog

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…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Catholic Diocese suspended the Rev. Ronald P. Sajdak due to a complaint alleging that Sajdak, before becoming a priest, sexually abused a teenage boy. Sajdak, the pastor of a Catholic church in Clarence, was a teenager himself in the 1970s when the accuser alleges the abuse began. The accuser said Sajdak, 63, blackmailed him into an abusive sexual rel…

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Buffalo Diocese officials, acknowledging a recent "tsunami" of new claims of child sex abuse, said Monday they added 36 priests' names to a list released in March that identified clergy who had been credibly accused of abuse. The diocese's list of credibly accused priests now stands at 78 priests – and includes 16 priests who are members of religious orders, a category …

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A local deacon has asked Pope Francis’ representative in the U.S. to intervene in the clergy sex abuse crisis in the Buffalo Diocese. Paul L. Snyder III, a deacon at St. Mary Church in Swormville who in August called on Bishop Richard J. Malone to resign, recently wrote to U.S. Papal Nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre stating that Malone’s handling of the crisis “scand…

Buffalo

Six Buffalo Diocese bishops or auxiliary bishops allowed the Rev. Brian M. Hatrick to remain in parishes for decades after a teenage boy complained Hatrick sexually abused him in the early 1980s. Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz, the current No. 2 ranking administrator in the Buffalo Diocese, and current Syracuse Diocese Bishop Robert J. Cunningham, formerly a high-rank…

Religion

A Buffalo Diocese priest who serves as the bishop's secretary told parishioners at a Mass this past weekend that he was a victim of sexual abuse by a priest, according to one worshiper. The Rev. Ryszard S. Biernat confirmed to The Buffalo News that he revealed to the congregation of St. John the Baptist Church in the Town of Tonawanda that he had been abused. But he …

Buffalo

New York State Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood has launched a statewide investigation into the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy, with a particular focus on the Buffalo Diocese. The Attorney General's Office on Thursday sent out subpoenas seeking information from the seven dioceses and one archdiocese across the state, a source familiar with the investig…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Diocese is now investigating an allegation of abuse against the Rev. Robert Yetter that “may involve a minor.” The diocese announced the latest complaint on its website Monday afternoon. Diocesan spokesman George Richert did not respond to a call seeking comment, but issued a statement by email saying: “We received a complaint from a third party on Friday…

Buffalo

It came down to two sentences. That is what thousands of people in Western New York wanted to hear Bishop Richard Malone address when he stepped to a microphone Sunday in the chapel of a former convent at St. Stanislaus in Buffalo, where Malone intends to live. Given that opportunity, Malone chose an unfortunate tradition. He chose to pass. He was there, compel…

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Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone admitted Sunday that he made mistakes in handling sexual misconduct claims but said he would not resign. Reading a statement Sunday afternoon but refusing to take questions, Malone said he would create a task force to change church procedures, establish a new office to oversee ethics and cooperate with prosecutors if they investigate. …

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This is a complete transcript of Bishop Richard J. Malone's statement Sunday afternoon concerning sexual abuse, calls for him to resign and other issues. He made the statement in the chapel of a former convent at St. Stanislaus Parish on Buffalo's East Side.  This is my iced tea, I’m not sure the Felician nuns who lived here forever would be happy I brought it in the ch…

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Bishop Richard J. Malone, under scrutiny for his handling of clergy abuse cases, said Sunday he is not resigning. "I stand before you today recommitted to my calling to serve as Bishop of Buffalo," Malone said at a news conference Sunday afternoon. "The shepherd does not desert the flock in a difficult time." Malone is facing calls to resign due to a sexual abuse sca…