Diocesan Policy on Child Abuse
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Introduction: Pastoral Statement
An essential part of the mission of the Church is the promotion
and protection of the rights and dignity of all people. Christian principles dictate that we have a
special concern for those who are most vulnerable and those who cannot fully
care for themselves.
The abuse of children, young people, and vulnerable adults by
some members of the clergy and the ways in which those crimes and sins were
addressed have caused enormous pain, anger, and confusion. The damage caused by
that sexual abuse is devastating and long lasting and is felt not only by the
direct victims but also by their families and communities.
At the same time, the problem of unethical sexual or physical
conduct, a form of exploitation, is one that compromises the credibility of the
Church's ministers and volunteers and adversely affects the image and
effectiveness of the entire Church.
People place in their Church leaders a trust that must never be violated
by any person employed by or volunteering services to the Church.
With a firm determination to promote and honor that trust, the
Diocese of Buffalo renews its resolve to provide safety and protection for
children and vulnerable adults in Church ministries and institutions.
Well before the issue of
sexual misconduct by Church personnel received widespread national attention,
the Diocese of Buffalo prepared a written policy to address abuse. This policy was distributed to all our clergy
in 1990. In June 2002, the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) took steps to ensure the Church's
vigilance in guarding against violations of trust. In November 2002, the USCCB approved a
revised Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (Charter) and
revised Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with
Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons (Essential Norms). The Charter and Essential Norms are revised periodically. See Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Essential Norms and the Statement of Episcopal Commitment (Promise to Protect - Pledge to Heal). (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011).
This policy of the Diocese of Buffalo is also revised periodically.
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I. General Policy and Definitions
A. General Policy
and physical misconduct is contrary to Christian principles and inconsistent
with the mission of the Church. All personnel of the Diocese of Buffalo must
comply not only with applicable state and local laws regarding incidents of
actual or suspected misconduct but also with the procedures included in this
document, and they must exercise heightened vigilance as required.
B. Definitions Of Terms:
- Child: Any person under 18 years of age.
- Vulnerable Adult: A person who is impaired by reason of mental
illness, mental deficiency, physical illness, or disability to the extent that
he or she lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate
responsible decisions concerning his or her person or to manage his or her
- Child or Vulnerable Adult Abuse:
or attempting or threatening to cause harm to a child's or vulnerable adult's health or welfare,
to include damage to the physical or emotional/psychological health and welfare
of a child or vulnerable adult,
resulting from non-accidental physical or mental injury, incest, sexual abuse,
sexual exploitation, molestation, or repeated negligent treatment or
- Sexual Abuse of a Child or Vulnerable Adult:
or attempted sexual molestation or sexual exploitation of a child or vulnerable adult or other
behavior by which an adult uses a child or vulnerable adult as an object of sexual gratification.
abuse has been defined by different civil authorities in various ways, and this
policy, like the Charter, does not adopt any particular definition provided in
civil law. Rather, the transgressions in
question relate to obligations arising from divine commands regarding human
sexual interaction as conveyed to us by the Sixth Commandment of the Decalogue.
Thus, the norm to be
considered in assessing an allegation of sexual abuse of a child or
vulnerable adult is whether conduct or interaction with a child or vulnerable adult qualifies
as an external, objectively grave violation of the Sixth Commandment. A canonical offense against the Sixth
need not be a complete act of intercourse; nor, to be objectively grave, does
an act need to involve force, physical contact, or a discernible harmful
outcome. Moreover, "imputability [moral
responsibility] for a canonical offense is presumed upon external violation . .
. unless it is otherwise apparent."
acquisition, possession, or distribution of pornographic images of a child shall be considered sexual abuse of a child. The showing of pornographic images of an
adult to a child shall be considered sexual abuse of a child.
there is any doubt whether a specific act qualifies as an external, objectively
grave violation, the writings of recognized moral theologians will be consulted
and the opinions of recognized experts will be obtained when appropriate. Ultimately, the Bishop, with the assistance
and advice of the Diocesan Review Board (see below), will determine the gravity
of the alleged act.
- Diocese: The Diocese of Buffalo.
- Chancery: The
Bishop, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicars General, and Chancellor of the Diocese,
and their staffs.
person who is compensated for work performed for the Diocese, or for any
of its parishes, parish schools, Catholic Charities, or Christ the King
person who works without compensation on a regular basis for the Diocese,
or for any of its parishes, parish schools, Catholic Charities, or Christ the
King Seminary. A volunteer is
more than a one-time or occasional worker.
- Personnel: Employees and volunteers as defined above, clergy,
and women and men religious working for the Diocese or any of its parishes,
parish schools, Catholic Charities, or Christ the King Seminary.
- Review Board:
Panel described in this document
(Part V, below).
- Assistance Coordinator: An office described in this document (Part V, below).
- Allegation: An accusation of child abuse or sexual abuse of a child regardless of whether the person to whom the accusation is made believes it to be true.
of child or vulnerable adult abuse
or sexual abuse of a child or
vulnerable adult made to the Victim
Assistance Coordinator. A form for
written complaints is attached as Appendix A.
B. Types Of Abuse:
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II. Procedures For Reporting Suspected Abuse And Legal Requirement
Victims of Child or Vulnerable Adult Abuse or Sexual Abuse of a Child or Vulnerable Adult and Persons Who Become Aware of
The Diocese strongly urges all victims and families of victims to
report any instance of child or vulnerable adult abuse or sexual
abuse of a child or vulnerable adult to the appropriate district
attorney. Additionally, anyone desiring
to report allegations of child or vulnerable adult abuse or sexual
abuse of a child or vulnerable adult to the Diocese of Buffalo
should contact the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator (716-895-3010). More information regarding complaints can be
found at the link on the Diocesan website entitled "Filing a Complaint."
The Victim Assistance Coordinator will explain to the
person reporting the abuse or suspected abuse that the Diocese cannot promise
absolute confidentiality to a complainant because of the responsibility of the Diocese
to report allegations of abuse to the civil authorities as described in this
policy and because, if the accused is still living, the Diocese will
make the accused aware of the report.
The Victim Assistance Coordinator will also explain, however,
that the investigation of the complaint will be kept as confidential as the
circumstances of an individual complaint will allow in order that the
reputations of both the complainant and the accused are protected during the
B. For All Personnel
Any personnel who learns of an allegation of or
abuse of a child or vulnerable
adult -- i.e., a person who is a child or vulnerable adult at the time of the
suspicion or when the allegation becomes known to the personnel,
- sexual abuse of a person who was a child at the time of the abuse but is
no longer a child, or child or vulnerable adult abuse
report that allegation or suspicion to the Victim
Assistance Coordinator (716-895-3010), and is strongly urged to report to
the appropriate district attorney. The
only exception is if to do so would violate the priest/penitent relationship of
the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
- A written or oral report of the incident must be made as soon as possible to the Victim Assistance Coordinator who will prepare a written report if
one has not been prepared already;
- The Victim
Assistance Coordinator will provide a copy of the written complaint to the Chancery
and the Diocesan attorney. The Chancery will notify the diocesan insurance
administrator. The substance of all
complaints and the results of any preliminary inquiries and investigations will
be presented to the Review Board.
A sample reporting form is attached to this
policy statement (Appendix A) and is available on the diocesan website.
The foregoing reporting requirements are not intended to supplant
whatever reporting obligations may be imposed by state or local laws.
All personnel will cooperate in any investigation by civil
authorities in accordance with the law of the jurisdiction in question.
C. For The Chancery
The Chancery, through counsel,
will report to the appropriate district attorney any allegation of child
abuse or sexual abuse of a child, unless the statute of limitations
for felony sex offenses in New York State has expired.
only other exception is if to report would violate the priest/penitent
relationship of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The Chancery will cooperate with civil authorities by reporting allegations
of child abuse and sexual abuse of a child even when the victim
of the abuse is no longer a child at the time when the allegations
are received by the Chancery.
The Chancery also will comply with any applicable civil laws with respect to
the reporting of allegations of child abuse and sexual abuse
of a child to civil authorities and will cooperate in any investigation by
civil authorities in accordance with the law of the jurisdiction in question. In every instance, the Chancery will
advise any person making an allegation or complaint of that
person's right to make a report to civil authorities, and the Diocese
will support that right and encourage its exercise.
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III. Institutional Response To Complaints And Allegations
a complaint is made, it is understood that the rights of all must be
protected and that prompt and incisive action is important in responding. The Diocesan Bishop or the Vicar General will
conduct or appoint an individual to conduct an initial inquiry into the complaint.
Care will be taken not to interfere with any investigation by civil authorities
and to be sensitive to the pastoral care of the victim, the well being of the
community, and the fair treatment of the accused. Every effort will be made to ensure that all
persons involved will be ministered to in a manner that is consistent with the
gospel values of dignity, compassion, understanding, and justice.
Outreach: The Diocese will reach out to all
victims of abuse and their families -- whether the abuse was recent or occurred
many years ago -- to promote their spiritual and emotional well-being, their
healing, and their reconciliation. The Diocesan
Bishop or his designee will offer to meet with victims of abuse and their
families to listen with patience and compassion to their experiences and
concerns. The Diocese will
provide counseling, spiritual assistance, support groups, and other social
services as agreed by the Diocese and the victim. Local parishes are encouraged to foster
support groups for victims and others affected by abuse. The Diocese and its parishes will
cooperate with social services agencies and other churches to provide support
for victims and their families.
Preliminary Inquiry: Upon receiving a written complaint from the Victim Assistance Coordinator, the Diocesan
Bishop or Vicar General will conduct or appoint an individual to conduct a
preliminary inquiry regarding the complaint.
As part of that preliminary inquiry, if the identity of the accused can
be determined and that person is a member of the diocesan personnel, the accused individual will be notified of the
particulars of the allegations and advised of the right to be represented by
civil and/or canonical counsel. If the
accused is a priest or deacon, the initial inquiry will be conducted by the
Auxiliary Bishop or the Vicar General.
If there appears to be any credibility to a complaint
deemed by the Bishop or Vicar General to be serious, the accused will be
relieved of responsibilities and placed on administrative leave, pending the
outcome of the investigation. The leader
of the employing entity, in consultation with the Bishop or Vicar General,
shall decide whether such leave is with or without pay or benefits.
This relief from administrative responsibilities is for
investigation purposes only and is not intended to, nor shall it, imply any
determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint or the
innocence or guilt of the individual involved.
Communications regarding administrative leave will be handled by
the diocesan communications office.
Investigation: Unless the preliminary inquiry results in (1)
an admission by the accused or (2) a determination that there is no semblance
of truth to the complaint, the preliminary inquiry will proceed to an
investigation. The accused individual
will be informed that the alleged incident is being investigated and will be
given every opportunity to respond to the complaint. The accused may be requested to seek, and may
be urged voluntarily to comply with, an appropriate medical and psychological
evaluation at a facility mutually acceptable to the Diocese and the
Bishop or Vicar General will appoint an investigator. The investigator will be
directed to complete the investigation within 45 days, unless circumstances
dictate the need for more time. The
appointed investigator will obtain legal advice, both civil and canonical, as
a complaint of child or
vulnerable adult abuse or sexual abuse of a child or vulnerable adult involves a
priest or deacon, the investigation will
be initiated and conducted promptly and objectively in harmony with Canon Law.All appropriate steps shall be taken to
protect the reputation of the accused during the investigation.
accused shall have the right
- to present evidence to the investigator,
to be represented by civil and/or canonical
to be notified of the particulars of the allegations,
to due process of law in accordance with canon
accused will be encouraged to retain the assistance of civil and canonical
counsel and will be notified promptly of the results of the investigation.
there is sufficient evidence that sexual abuse of a child has occurred,
the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith shall be notified. The Bishop shall then apply the precautionary
measures mentioned in CIC, canon 1722, or CCEO, canon 1473: i.e., he shall
- continue the administrative leave or remove the accused from sacred ministry or from any ecclesiastical office or function,
impose or prohibit residence in a given place or
prohibit public celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist pending the outcome of the process.
Rights and Duties: Any personnel
of the Diocese who admits or is determined by the Bishop or Vicar General to have committed even
a single act of child or
vulnerable adult abuse or sexual abuse of a child or vulnerable adult shall
immediately be terminated from employment or volunteer service and from
any position of responsibility with the Diocese and any of its parishes,
schools, and institutions.
even a single act of child or
vulnerable adult abuse or sexual abuse of a child or vulnerable adult by a priest
or deacon is admitted or is established after an appropriate process in accord
with canon law, the offending priest or deacon will be removed permanently from
ecclesiastical ministry, not excluding dismissal from the clerical state if the
case so warrants. The cleric will be removed from ministry
whether or not the cleric is diagnosed by qualified experts as a pedophile or
as suffering from a related sexual disorder that requires professional
treatment. Any cleric removed from
ministry will be offered professional assistance for his own healing and
well-being, as well as for the purpose of prevention.
every case involving canonical penalties, the processes provided for in canon
law must be observed, and the various provisions of canon law must be
considered. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the
Faith shall be notified, as appropriate.
Unless the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith calls the case to
itself because of special circumstances, the Bishop will proceed as directed.
Because sexual abuse of a child or
vulnerable adult is a grave offense, if the case would otherwise be
barred by prescription, the Bishop shall apply to the Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith for a dispensation from the prescription (time limits),
while indicating appropriate pastoral reasons.
For the sake of due process, the accused will be encouraged to retain
the assistance of civil and canonical counsel.
When necessary, the Diocese will supply canonical counsel to a
priest or deacon.
observance of canon and civil law will assist in the protection of all parties
involved and will demonstrate that each individual's rights were fully
respected and all privileges provided by law maintained.
the penalty of dismissal from the clerical state has not been imposed (e.g.,
for reasons of advanced age or infirmity), the offender ought to lead a life of
prayer and penance. He will not be
permitted to celebrate Mass publicly, to administer the sacraments, to wear clerical
garb, or to present himself publicly as a priest.
all times, the Bishop has the executive power of governance, through an
administrative act, to remove the offending cleric from office, to remove or
restrict his faculties, or to limit his exercise of priestly ministry.
Bishop may exercise his executive power of governance to take one or more of
the following administrative actions.
- He may request that the accused freely resign from any currently
held ecclesiastical office;
If the accused declines to resign, and if the Bishop judges the
accused to be truly not suitable
at that time for holding an office previously freely conferred,
then the Bishop may remove the accused from office, observing the required
For a cleric who holds no office in the Diocese, the Bishop
may administratively remove any previously delegated faculties,
while any de jure faculties may be removed or restricted by the
competent authority as provided in law;
The Bishop may also determine that the circumstances surrounding a
particular case constitute the just and reasonable cause for a priest to
celebrate the Eucharist only privately (that is, with no member of the faithful
and the Bishop then shall forbid the priest to celebrate the Eucharist other
than privately and to administer the sacraments, for the good of both the
Church and the priest's own good;
Depending upon the gravity of the case, the Bishop may also
the cleric from the obligation of wearing clerical attire,
and may urge the cleric not to wear clerical attire, for the good of both the
Church and the cleric.
administrative actions shall be taken in writing and by means of decrees
so that the cleric affected is afforded the opportunity of recourse in accord
with canon law.
priest or deacon may at any time request a dispensation from the obligations of
the clerical state. In exceptional
cases, the Bishop may request of the Holy Father the dismissal of the priest or
deacon from the clerical state ex officio, even without the consent of
the priest or deacon.
and Reports: Appropriate records
will be kept of each complaint and investigation. Records shall be confidential and be kept
securely at the Bishop's office, with access limited to the Bishop, the Vicar
General, the assigned investigator, and counsel for the Diocese.
The Review Board will be notified of any complaint,
suspicion, or incident.
accordance with the terms of applicable insurance policies, insurers also will
be notified of any complaint or incident.
Complaints: The Diocese
will take every reasonable step to ensure that care is taken to protect the
rights of all parties involved, particularly those of the person alleged to
have been sexually abused and the person against whom the complaint has
been made. When a complaint has
been determined to be unfounded, the Diocese will take every reasonable
step to restore the good name of the person falsely accused.
Supplementary Review: When a new
complaint is made regarding a person who was previously accused of abuse, or
when new and previously unavailable information comes to light about a
determination previously made, the Bishop and the Review Board shall consider
that information in exercising their responsibilities under these policies and
procedures as they consider the new complaint or reopen a previously determined
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IV. Transfers and New Assignments
a cleric is proposed for a new assignment or transfer within the Diocese, the Chancellor or Vice
Chancellor will check the personnel file of the cleric before transfer.
The Diocese will not transfer any priest or deacon who has committed an act
of child or vulnerable adult
abuse or sexual abuse of a child or vulnerable adult to a new assignment within the Diocese or to another diocese/eparchy or religious province.
a cleric is proposed for a new assignment or transfer, for residence in another diocese
or eparchy, or residence in a country other than the United States, or for residence in a local community of a religious institute, the Bishop (for Diocesan priests) or religious superior (for religious order priests) will forward to the Bishop or religious superior of the proposed new assignment or residence an accurate and complete report of the cleric's record.
report will include whether anything in the cleric's background or service
raises questions about his fitness for ministry.
a diocesan priest or deacon can be transferred for residence to another diocese/eparchy or religious province,
or before a diocesan priest or deacon can -- with the Bishop's knowledge -- be
present for an extended period of time in another diocese/eparchy or religious
province, the Bishop will forward, in a confidential manner to the local bishop/eparch or religious ordinary (if applicable) of the proposed place of residence, any
and all information concerning any act of child or vulnerable adult abuse or sexual abuse of a child or vulnerable adult, and any
and all information indicating that the priest or deacon has been or may be a
danger to children or vulnerable
will apply even if the priest or deacon will reside in the local community of
an institute of consecrated life or society of apostolic life (or, in the
Eastern Churches, as a monk or other religious, in a society of common life
according to the manner of religious, in a secular institute, or in another
form of consecrated life or society of apostolic life).
the Bishop receives a priest or deacon from outside the Diocese, the
Bishop will obtain all
relevant information regarding the background of that priest or deacon,
including any information regarding any past act of child or vulnerable adult abuse or sexual
abuse of a child or vulnerable
adult by that priest or deacon.
TheDiocese will cooperate with the Apostolic Visitation of any seminary or
religious house of formation recommended in the Interdicasterial Meeting with
the Cardinals of the United States and the Conference Officers in April 2002. TheDiocese will develop systematic ongoing formation programs, in keeping
with the Conference document Basic Plan for the Ongoing Formation of Priests
(2001), so as to assist priests in living out their vocation.
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V. Creation Of Offices To Assist the Diocese
Assistance Coordinator: The
Diocesan Victim Assistance
Coordinator will offer assistance and immediate pastoral care to any person
who claims to have been the victim of sexual abuse of a child by
priests, deacons, or other Diocesan personnel, and, within the
discretion of the Chancery, to anyone else needing similar assistance or
care. The Victim Assistance Coordinator will also be responsible for
preparing a written complaint if one has not been prepared already by the
Board: The Diocesan Review
Board functions as a confidential consultative body to the Bishop in
discharging his responsibilities. The Review
Board advises the Bishop in his assessment of allegations or
suspicions of child or
vulnerable adult abuse and sexual abuse of a child or vulnerable adult, and in
evaluating suitability for ministry or employment. The Review Board will review and, if
appropriate, revise this policy no less often than once every five years. The Review Board will meet
periodically and offer advice on all aspects of allegations or
suspicions of child or
vulnerable adult abuse and sexual abuse of a child or vulnerable adult, whether
retrospectively or prospectively.
The Review Board must be composed of at least five (5) persons of outstanding
integrity and good judgment in full communion with the Church. The majority of the Review Board
members must be lay persons who are not employed by the Diocese, but at
least one member must be a priest who is an experienced and respected pastor in
the Diocese and at least one member must be a person with particular
expertise in the treatment of sexual abuse of a child. Each member is appointed by the Bishop for a
term of five (5) years, which can be renewed at the sole discretion of the
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VI. Safe Environment Program
The Diocese has established a Safe Environment Program. All diocesan offices, parishes, schools, and
other organizations must participate in this program by:
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VII. Educational Efforts
The Diocese of Buffalo recognizes that to fully address the problem of
sexual or physical misconduct by church personnel, the Diocese
must continue its comprehensive program of education designed to create an
atmosphere of understanding that will help maintain the integrity of ministry
in the church.
educational efforts of this policy will continue to focus on:
- Working definitions of sexual abuse within
pastoral and ministerial relationships;
- Characteristics of coercive and exploitive sexual behavior;
- Strategies for maintaining the integrity of
ministerial relationships; and
- Reporting responsibilities for those aware of possible sexual misconduct or harassment.
educational component of this policy has prevention of sexual misconduct as its
goal and will provide intervention strategies when sexual misconduct has
already taken place.
following personnel (lay, religious, and clerical) of the Diocese
and its parishes, schools, and other institutions, and such other personnel
as the Bishop or Vicar General may require from time to time, must attend designated
educational programs on methods of recognizing, reporting, and preventing
sexual misconduct involving children or others:
- All priests and deacons engaged in ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo;
- Pastoral associates;
- Administrators (schools and religious education);
- Teachers and teachers aides;
- Coaches and scout leaders;
- And any other person whose status as an employee or volunteer involves regular contact with children, young adults, or other vulnerable populations.
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VIII. Standards of Behavior
clergy, Diocesan and parish employees, volunteers, and other
church personnel -- including and especially those who have regular
contact with children and young adults -- must maintain the following
boundaries and standards of behavior:
- They must refrain from child or vulnerable adult abuse and sexual
abuse of a child or vulnerable
adult, as defined under I(A) above;
- They must avoid any physical or verbal contact
of any kind with a child or vulnerable
adult that has the purpose of, or results in, their sexual excitement or
- They must never use their role as a member of the clergy, an employee, a volunteer, or any other Church position to enter into a sexual relationship or encounter with a child or vulnerable adult;
- They must execute and abide by the terms of the Code of Conduct, attached as Appendix B.
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IX. Procedures for Screening
is required of all applicants for a position as an employee or volunteer
The form attached to this
policy as Appendix C is
provided to assist with the screening of applicants who seek to serve the
Church in the Diocese and is required for all applicants for personnel
addition, this form must be completed by all current members of the clergy, employees,
and volunteers. The Diocese
will review the personnel file of each member of the clergy, diocesan employee,
diocesan volunteer, and other diocesan personnel to ensure that
this form is in each file. All parishes
in the Diocese will likewise review the personnel file of each
parish employee and volunteer.
The Vicar General (for the Diocese), or the pastor (for each
parish and parish school), will have the responsibility of approving each
applicant, or current employee or volunteer. If the Vicar General or pastor has any
question about a given applicant, or about a diocesan or parish employee
or volunteer, he will forward that person's personnel file to the
Diocesan Review Board for its review and recommendation. These files will be maintained as a permanent
record by the parish or institution. In
addition, the Diocese and its parishes, schools, and institutions will
evaluate the background of all of their respective personnel who have
regular contact with children.
Priests and Deacons
The Diocese will employ careful screening and evaluative techniques in
deciding the fitness of candidates for ordination.
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The Diocese is committed to open and transparent communication.
The Diocese will not enter into confidentiality agreements except for grave
and substantial reasons brought forward by the victim and noted in the text of
order to coordinate the response of the Diocese to the media, any media
inquiries regarding an incident of reported sexual misconduct by personnel
of the Diocese must be directed to the Diocesan Director of
Communications. Likewise, any inquiries
directed to members of the Review Board or to any personnel of
the Diocese regarding this policy must be directed to the Diocesan
Director of Communications. Unless the
Bishop directs otherwise, the Diocesan Director of Communications will be the
sole spokesperson for the Diocese for matters addressed in this policy.
the confines of respect for the privacy and the reputation of the individuals
involved, the Diocese will communicate as openly as possible with the
community. This is especially so with
regard to assisting and supporting parishes, schools, and other diocesan
institutions directly affected by ministerial
misconduct involving children.
Recognizing the harm that child or vulnerable adult abuse or sexual abuse of a child or vulnerable adult can do to a
faith community, the Chancery will offer a pastoral response to the
affected parish, school, or institution.
HEREBY AUTHORIZE THIS POLICY RELATING TO CHILD AND VULNERABLE ADULT ABUSE AND
SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD OR VULNERABLE ADULT AS THE OFFICIAL POLICY OF THE
DIOCESE OF BUFFALO. THIS POLICY IS
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND I AUTHORIZE ITS IMPLEMENTATION IN THE DIOCESE OF
Most Reverend Richard J. Malone
Bishop of Buffalo
October 17, 2016
Rev. Msgr. Paul A. Litwin
October 17, 2016
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