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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 …

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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…

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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…

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Denis Riley brought home the ashes of the woman who saved his life. His wife, Lynn, died of cancer a few weeks ago in Florida. They were together for 49 years, a romance that began when they were teenagers in Dunkirk. Riley lived with a childhood wound he believed no one could understand. For years, Lynn was the first and only person he could really tell. As an altar…

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Rep. Brian Higgins is the latest local official to call on Bishop Richard Malone to resign over his handling of sexual abuse allegations in Buffalo Catholic Diocese. "Overwhelming evidence recently released clearly shows that Bishop Malone has exhibited poor leadership and knew about children and others put in harm's way," the congressman said on Twitter. "He must resig…

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Public pressure mounted on Bishop Richard J. Malone on Friday as a congressman, two other public officials and a prominent Buffalo businessman who serves as a church deacon called upon him to resign because of his handling of clergy abuse cases. A Catholic radio station in Buffalo – WLOF-FM, Station of the Cross – posted a statement on its website, saying Malone "covere…

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Dear Catholic Church: I’ve been your staunch defender for as long as I’ve been able to speak. Credit 17 years in your schools and a family that forced me to try to live the lessons I learned. When people would ask why I stuck it out with you when so many others had given up on you, I had a ready answer: Show me a religion founded on and dedicated to better principles…

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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.

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The following letter was posted to the Holy See Press Office website Monday. Letter of the Holy Father Francis to the People of God, 20.08.2018 Letter of the Holy Father Francis to the People of God “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured …

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Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone issued a brief response Thursday to a Pennsylvania grand jury report that said priests there molested more than 1,000 children and alleged the Buffalo Diocese covered up abuses by one priest. "The Diocese of Buffalo is committed to learning from the sins and crimes of the past and from the ways they were handled," Malone said in …

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A Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse involving more than 300 priests in that state criticized Buffalo’s Catholic Diocese for its handling of allegations against the Rev. Michael R. Freeman, a former Buffalo priest. Freeman was moved from Buffalo churches to parishes in Pennsylvania even after the Buffalo Diocese learned in 1981 that he had been involved in “…