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Under new protocols adopted last week by the nation’s Catholic bishops, a former high-ranking Buffalo Diocese administrator who served 22 years as bishop of the Erie Diocese should be punished for his role in mishandling clergy sex abuses cases in both dioceses, said a former Catholic priest who resides in Buffalo. James Faluszczak said Bishop Emeritus Donald W. Trautma…

Buffalo

The second-in-command of the Buffalo Diocese in the early 1980s allegedly blamed a teenage boy who accused the Rev. Michael R. Freeman of sexually abusing him. Monsignor Donald W. Trautman told the boy in a meeting at diocese headquarters that he should have avoided Freeman, who was assigned to St. Christopher Church in the Town of Tonawanda at the time, according to lo…

Buffalo

James Bottlinger spent a lot of time as a teenager inside the rectory of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Lancaster, where the Rev. Michael Freeman served as associate pastor. The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo already had received three complaints about Freeman’s alleged sexual abuse of boys when Freeman arrived at the parish in 1984 and began molesting Bottlinger, an…

Buffalo

More than a quarter of U.S. Catholics say they went to Mass less often and reduced their giving to a parish or diocese due to reports of clergy sex abuse and misconduct in the Catholic Church, according to a new Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday. Weekly Mass attendees were less likely than others to say that their attendance at Mass had dipped or that they had…

Crime

The clergy sex abuse scandal is costing the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo more than the $17.5 million paid to childhood victims of abuse through a special compensation program. Giving at area Catholic parishes is down since last August and is likely to result in a budget shortfall at the diocese and cuts to ministries and services, according to the Rev. Peter J. Karalus, …

Buffalo

Allegations of child sexual abuse against the Rev. Michael P. Juran were substantiated by Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone after an investigation, and Juran will remain on administrative leave while the Vatican reviews the decision, Malone said Thursday morning. An allegation of child sex abuse against the Rev. Robert M. Yetter was not substantiated, but Yetter …

Buffalo

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has paid $17.5 million to 106 childhood victims of clergy sexual abuse, while rejecting 135 applicants it deemed ineligible for its voluntary compensation program. A total of 127 settlements were offered to the accusers, ranging from $2,000 to $650,000, with an average award of $158,622. Seventeen people turned down the offers. Three peop…

Buffalo

Fifty years ago, Catholic priests who sexually abused children in the Buffalo Diocese would have no worries about getting arrested. But they had to worry about something else: Monsignor Franklin M. Kelliher, a stocky, tough-as-nails former boxing champion who also fought as a professional wrestler known as “The Masked Marvel.” Kelliher served an unofficial role as a …

Watchdog

Hardly any of the more than 100 Buffalo area priests implicated as child molesters spent so much as one day in jail. For years, most of their victims were too scared or embarrassed to make complaints. But Buffalo Police had marching orders not to arrest Catholic priests, according to former vice squad Detective Martin Harrington and other retired officers. Instead th…

Buffalo

Catholic Charities has raised $7.2 million so far in its 2019 appeal despite an ongoing sexual abuse scandal that has angered Buffalo Diocese Catholics. The $7,238,244 raised toward the $11 million goal puts the fundraising efforts slightly behind past campaigns, Catholic Charities 2019 appeal co-chair John Daly said. The human services arm of the Catholic Diocese of…

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…

Local News

A Buffalo Diocese priest and high-ranking administrator whose name emerged last week in a confidential diocese document of cases of alleged misconduct was accused of mishandling an alleged abuse case involving a Boy Scout leader – not of sexually abusing anyone. Diocese attorney Lawlor F. Quinlan III declined to specify what prompted the inclusion of Monsignor Albert Ru…

Buffalo

Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone has agreed to review the diocese’s approach to releasing names of clergy accused of sex abuse and to hold a series of “listening sessions” on the abuse scandal. Those are among several reform initiatives announced Monday morning in cooperation with a group of lay Catholics called the Movement to Restore Trust. Other initiatives includ…

Buffalo

Monsignor Joseph E. Schieder advised Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy on youth issues. In the 1950s and '60s, he was arguably Buffalo's most renowned Catholic priest, writing books on youth and their concerns and regularly traveling the country and abroad to speak at youth conferences. The president of Italy even awarded Schieder a "Star of Solidarity…

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These are some of the priests who have worked in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and been accused of sexual misconduct with children. Some were among 42 diocese priests publicly identified March 20, 2018 by Bishop Richard J. Malone. Some were previously identified by The Buffalo News.