NY Dioceses Sue for Govt Loans

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by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 22, 2020   

Buffalo, Rochester can't get aid due to bankruptcy

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A pair of scandal-ridden dioceses in New York are suing for access to government money meant to help small businesses survive the economic devastation resulting from the Wuhan virus.

The diocese of Buffalo and the diocese of Rochester filed suit Wednesday against the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The dioceses aren't getting money because the SBA won't give it to organizations that have filed for bankruptcy.

Facing a slew of sex abuse lawsuits, Rochester went belly-up last September, and Buffalo followed in February.

The Buffalo diocese, in particular, has suffered recurring waves of scandal involving clerical sex abuse cover-up.

For instance, there is the case of the late Fr. Dennis Riter, who remained in ministry many years despite multiple allegations of sexually abusing underage boys.

In May 2019, former police officers said Buffalo cops in the past were ordered to give special treatment to priests arrested for sexual misconduct and other crimes.

The long list of scandals eventually caused former Buffalo bishop Richard Malone to step down last December.

Already bankrupted by abuse payouts, Buffalo, Rochester and dioceses like them are now in an even worse spot financially, owing to the Wuhan virus.

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