Protecting God's Children
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 increase in recent years in reported cases of sexual and physical
misconduct points to a problem that is widespread in our society. The
lasting impact of incidents of this nature on both victims and accused
is a profound tragedy.
The problem of unethical sexual or physical conduct, a form of
exploitation, is one that compromises the integrity 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 young people in Church ministries and institutions.
In March 2018, the Diocese of Buffalo released a list of 42 diocesan priests who were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. This list also included deceased priests with more than one allegation made against them.
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), effective March 1, 2003. See Promise to Protect - Pledge to Heal: Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, and Essential Norms
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, March 2003). This policy
of the Diocese of Buffalo has been revised to incorporate those
Diocesan Policy on Abuse
Diocesan Code of Conduct
Protecting God's Children Workshop Registration
Diocesan Review Board Biographies
Diocesan Assistance Coordinator
Filing a Complaint
Presentar Una Denuncia
Report to the Diocese 2003
Best Parish Business Practices - Safe Environment Program