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Ben Kaiser: "My attorney believed it was solicitation in the confessional."
Ben Kaiser came forward last year alleging the diocese of Buffalo, New York's second in charge, Vicar General Fr. Peter Karalus, solicited sex from him in the confessional when he was only 16.
At the time, media exploded with headlines saying the diocese's No. 2 had been suspended based on sexual misconduct allegations, only for Bp. Edward Scharfenberger to restore him to ministry two months later — after the Democrat district attorney of Erie County, John Flynn, let Karalus off the hook.
In fact, Flynn hasn't prosecuted a single case of sex abuse since his election in 2016.
Little wonder. Flynn has close ties to the diocese, receiving thousands in campaign donations from diocesan attorney Terry Connors, who's defended the diocese against numerous sex abuse lawsuits.
Connors' predecessor as diocesan attorney is Edward Cosgrove, the uncle of John Flynn.
Its former longtime rector, Fr. Joseph Gatto, resigned in disgrace in 2018 after being sued for homosexual assault.
As far back as 2003, the late Fr. Joseph Moreno was trying to expose the seminary, writing about it in his memoirs:
It was by far the most corrupt Catholic Institution that I ever saw, except after being ordained and working for the Catholic Church. There was so much homosexuality taking place at CKS from students to faculty that those of us who were heterosexual were a minority. We were simply outnumbered!
He went on to blast what he called a boys' network fueled by greed and sexuality, trying to expose one of the men he claimed was a member, Fr. Karalus, drafting a letter in 2012 to then-papal nuncio Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò warning about his sexual grooming of boys.
Two months later, Moreno was dead.
With the installation of Bp. Michael Fisher as Buffalo's 15th bishop — a man from D.C. who advanced in rank under homopredator Theodore McCarrick and was consecrated bishop by McCarrick's protector, Cdl. Donald Wuerl, Catholics in Buffalo can expect the boys' network to continue.