Buffalo diocese ponders whether to reveal names of abusive priests

By  March 11, 2018, Buffalo News

Bishop Richard J. Malone is reconsidering a longstanding Catholic Diocese of Buffalo policy that withholds the names of priests who have been accused of sexual abuse.

Publicizing the names of clergy alleged to have molested children would reverse a tradition that's been in place for more than 15 years.

"We're looking at it anew," Malone said following his recent announcement that the diocese has established a new fund to compensate victims of clergy sex abuse.

A retired priest's admission in February that he molested "probably dozens" of boys in the 1970s and 1980s re-ignited concerns that clergy sexual abuse in Western New York was more devastating and widespread than . . . 

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  • John Nesbella
    commented 2018-03-13 09:21:45 -0500
    If a priest really abused a child then there is a moral duty to reveal. What a moral quandary-whether to reveal the name of a known child molester. If a bishop agonizes over the simple issue of outing a known child molester, imagine the angst a bishop must feel to actually have to turn over a priest to the civil authorities for punishment of the crime! The poor guys-I can see now why it is easier just to forget about it and move chester molester priest to another parish-avoids a lot embarrassment both for the priest and the bishop and protects the church too! Now we can all understand why lies and coverups are the official policy of the roman church.

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