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New Adult Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Task Force announced
Tue, Jan 22nd 2019 11:35 am
The Diocese of Buffalo has established the Adult Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Task Force. The group will review and recommend policies and procedures for assessing and responding to allegations of sexual misconduct with adults by priests, deacons, religious and lay employees. The Task Force will ensure that the diocesan policies for adult abuse and misconduct complement the existing diocesan policy on child abuse. In addition, the Task Force will review the investigation framework of sexual abuse allegations to ensure compliance with federal and state law, canon law, and the Diocese of Buffalo Code of Conduct to ensure the protection of all of God's people.
Bishop Malone responds to Portland story
Tue, Nov 27th 2018 02:00 pm
Several media inquiries were received by the Diocese of Buffalo this past week regarding Father Thomas Lee and Father Paul Coughlin, two cases handled during Bishop Malone's time as bishop in Portland, Maine. Please find a statement below from Bishop Malone that was shared with media outlets as well as documents concerning both Father Lee and Father Coughlin.
Attorneys, social worker and pediatrician added to diocesan board
Wed, Nov 21st 2018 02:45 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo has announced four new members of the Diocesan Review Board (DRB) - Lee Coppola, John F. Coyne, M.D., Hon. Salvatore R. Martoche and Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF. The DRB advises Bishop Richard J. Malone in his assessment of allegations of child or vulnerable adult sexual abuse.
Diocese releases new list of priests
Wed, Nov 7th 2018 09:55 am
On Nov. 5, 2018, the Diocese of Buffalo released another list of priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor. This is in addition to the original list published in March 2018. Priests who received a single allegation after their death are not included. Death dates for diocesan priests are in parenthesis.
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.
Diocesan statement regarding '60 Minutes' and WKBW stories
Mon, Oct 29th 2018 02:00 pm
Two stories aired on Sunday, Oct. 28, regarding the Diocese. Many have sought our comment about both. Therefore, we issue this statement and will provide information in the days ahead that will add perspective to the stories. For now, we simply observe that the material reported in the stories was incomplete, out of context and in some cases plainly inaccurate.
Statement from Bishop Richard J. Malone to '60 Minutes'
Sat, Oct 27th 2018 08:00 am
The following is the statement Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo released to "60 Minutes" in advance of their upcoming story on the Diocese of Buffalo. We are also releasing it to the public.
Diocese institutes Office of Professional Responsibility
Mon, Oct 1st 2018 03:00 pm
The bishop is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven L. Halter as director of professional responsibility for the diocese. Halter, who previously served as a special agent in the Buffalo office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will begin his new position on Monday, Oct. 1.
Announcing new actions to stop abuse
Sun, Aug 26th 2018 02:00 pm
The following is a statement from Bishop Richard J. Malone, on Sunday, August 26, outlining new actions to help handle cases of clerical sexual abuse against both children and adults in the Diocese of Buffalo:
Diocese releases list of priests
Tue, Mar 20th 2018 10:00 am
The following list identifies diocesan priests who were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. This list also includes deceased priests with more than one allegation made against them. The year of death is listed next to those who are deceased.
Diocese announces Compensation Program for victims of sexual abuse
Thu, Mar 1st 2018 10:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced the establishment of a voluntary Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) for those who have made claims that they were sexually abused as a child by a member of the clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo. Individuals who have previously made claims will be contacted and invited to participate in this voluntary program offering monetary settlements.