The Diocese of Buffalo has determined that it is in the best interests of victims of past clergy sexual abuse, as well as the ongoing and essential work of Faith in Western New York to pursue reorganization through Chapter 11
1. A path toward resolution and healing for victims who seek restitution, justice and healing as a result of the New York State Child Victims Act.
2. A more equitable distribution of financial settlements given that litigation would inevitably result in a small number of claimants who were first to file their claims receiving compensation, and in light of limited Diocesan resources.
3. The ability to continue without interruption the essential ministries of the Church. This path towards reorganization will enable us to continue the vital works of our Catholic Faith – fulfilling our mission of evangelization which includes proclaiming the living Good News of Jesus Christ and the requirement of service to others that is carried out throughout our Diocese.