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Statement regarding '8 or 9 accused priests'

Fri, Nov 2nd 2018 02:00 pm

The ‘60 Minutes’ story that aired on Sunday clearly indicated that the Diocese of Buffalo is allowing 8 or 9 priests to remain in active ministry despite having credible child sexual abuse allegations against them.

This claim was reiterated yesterday at a press conference held by Mitchell Garabedian. It was stated there are “8 or 9 accused priests who are still working in the Diocese” with no additional comment offered except that the information was "very important" and had been provided to law enforcement.

Since the ‘60 Minutes’ program aired on Sunday, the Diocese has fielded phone calls from people concerned about this claim. We share this concern since we are not aware of any priests in active ministry who have allegations against them.

We continue to uphold the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and take every claim of suspected abuse seriously acting upon it immediately.

We are asking that those who made these claims or anyone who has a claim of a priest still actively working in our Diocese to contact Jackie Joy, our Victims Assistance Coordinator, so that appropriate actions can be taken, including immediately removing them from ministry.

The Diocese is fully cooperating with all legal investigations and we in turn ask law enforcement to notify us should they be aware of a credible child abuse allegation against anyone working or volunteering in ministry within the Diocese of Buffalo.

We want to act immediately if there is a priest or other person who should not be in active ministry. We implore those who made those statements to join us in this process.

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