A shocking news report reveals that Buffalo Catholic officials dramatically misled the public about the number of accused clergy

For immediate release, Sept. 12, 2018

Statement by Tim Lennon, President of SNAP, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org, 415-312-5820

A shocking news report released today revealed that Buffalo Catholic officials dramatically misled the public about the number of accused clergy in the diocese. We believe this deception, particularly the removal from the complete list of those who were “still functioning as a pastor,” should warrant immediate and decisive action from the Vatican, denouncing this outrageous duplicity and demoting those involved.


In March of 2018, Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone disclosed that there were 42 accused clergy in diocese.  The bishop went on to say that “releasing the names would bring more transparency to the diocese's handling of priests accused of abuse and help victims heal.”


We now know this figure was deliberately misleading, not “transparent.” There were 106 priests on the original list, but this number was whittled down to 42, excluding those who were still in ministry and various other “exceptions.” Moreover, the complete database, exposed by a courageous whistleblower, contained 324 names of priests, deacons, nuns and lay employees who had been accused of criminal behavior.

Clearly, Bishop Malone and his colleagues continue to put the reputation of the Church ahead of the safety of children.  The deliberate and calculated minimization of the full scope of the problem should prod the Vatican to react, and reaffirm to the public that the Church cannot be trusted to reform itself.

We encourage victims who are still suffering in silence and shame to come forward.  We urge them to share their truth with a family member, a friend, a counselor, or with a support group like ours. They are not alone.

Anyone who suffered, witnessed or suspected abuse should contact police, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred happened.  

Contact the NY Attorney General Office’s Clergy Abuse Hotline: 800-771-7755.

Those who were abused in Pennsylvania or New Jersey can reach out to the hotlines set up by the attorneys general in those states:

Pennsylvania:  855-363-6548 
New Jersey: 855-363-6548

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world's oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 supporters. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org) 

Contact  -   Tim Lennon (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org), Judith Burns-Quinn, (716-826-4554, judithbq@icloud.com),  Becky Ianni (703-801-6044, snapvirginia@cox.net)

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  • Joe Charles
    commented 2018-09-16 22:25:16 -0500 · Flag
    See below article regarding Cornelius "Neil"Carr SJ who was accused of abusing children in Florida. Father Carr served as principal of several Western NY high schools including in Buffalo. Father Carr was also the head of the Jesuits’ Western NY Province which at that time was headquartered in Buffalo.

    Priest Who Served on First Coast Accused of Abuse; His Jesuit Order Is Investigating. the Man Worked in St. Augustine and Arlington

    Brumley, Jeff, The Florida Times Union
    Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY

    A Catholic religious order in New York is investigating allegations of child abuse against a Jesuit priest who served in Jacksonville and St. Augustine parishes between 1981 and 2005, a spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine said Tuesday.
    The Rev. Cornelius “Neil” Carr, 85, served as a summer substitute priest at the Cathedral-Basilica in St. Augustine “for about one month per summer, off and on, from the years of 1981 through 1997,” said Kathleen Bagg-Morgan, director of communications or the Jacksonville-based diocese.
    He also served at Christ the King Parish in Arlington from September 1993 to September 1994, and again as its assistant pastor from August 2001 to July 2005, Bagg-Morgan said.
    “He was not assigned to any of the schools” at the parishes, Bagg-Morgan said. “He was just a parish priest in both these parishes.” Reading from a notice the diocese sent the two parishes recently and subsequently published in their church bulletins, Bagg-Morgan said “allegations concerning child abuse have been made” against Carr and are being investigated by the priest’s religious order, the New York Province of the Society of Jesus.
    Bagg-Morgan said Carr is no longer in the diocese. She said he is in New York with his order. Priests who belong to religious orders like the Jesuits often serve in local dioceses with the permission of their bishops.
  • Joe Charles
    commented 2018-09-15 16:30:53 -0500 · Flag
    There was a Jesuit priest, Cornelius “Neil” Carr SJ who is now deceased but who was the Principal of McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester NY in the early 1960s. During the summers Father Carr would assist at several parishes in Florida. It was at one of these Florida parishes that Father Carr allegedly molested several children. Because of the allegations Father Carr was recalled to the Jesuit provincial headquarters in New York and retired. This information appeared in an article on the internet several years ago but has since vanished. Was Father Carr ever formally investigated for his activities in Florida? Why doesn’t he appear on any lists of priests accused of abuse? Seems like the Church buried Father Carr’s alleged abuse like it has done with so many other priests. This is why it is so vital that Attorney Generals across the US investigate each individual diocese in their respective jurisdictions.

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