Buffalo Sex Abuse Scandal

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by Alexander Slavsky  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  May 7, 2018   

Reeling from the sins of its priests

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The diocese of Buffalo is reeling from the sins of its priests.

On April 17, Bp. Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York said his residence will be up for sale this summer to fund sex abuse payouts.

This comes after Malone announced the creation of a victims compensation program at the beginning of March.

The announcement came two days after retired priest Norbert Orsolits confessed to sexually abusing dozens of boys in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Malone said at a news conference, addressing victims on March 1, "We are so very, very sorry for the pain of the abuse that has happened to you. Victims and our Church in western New York cannot move forward until the pain of the past is properly addressed."   

Malone later released the names of 42 other Buffalo priests credibly accused of sex abuse with minors. The priests were either dead, retired, removed from active ministry or had left the priesthood.

Since 1950, the diocese estimates there have been as many as 120 reports of abuse. And Buffalo has paid about $1.2 million to victims over the past 20 years.

This follows on the heels of New York and Syracuse setting up their own victims' compensation programs, with many millions paid out over priestly sex abuse.

 

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