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Buffalo diocese places three priests on leave following accusation

The Diocese of Buffalo has placed three diocesan priests on administrative leave, following a new abuse accusation that dates back... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo.

Judge puts three dozen lawsuits against Buffalo parishes on hold amid bankruptcy

A federal bankruptcy judge last week put 36 lawsuits against Buffalo Catholic parishes and schools on hold until this fall,... Read more

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Amid hefty legal fees, Buffalo diocese cuts Catholic school spending

Following its bankruptcy filing last year, the Diocese of Buffalo, New York has cut spending on some its Catholic schools.  Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

Bankruptcy judge rules Buffalo diocese will not pay for retired bishops’ lawyers

A bankruptcy judge ruled this month that the Diocese of Buffalo has “no obligation” to retain a law firm on... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

Thousands of clergy abuse records handed over to victims in Buffalo

The Diocese of Buffalo released thousands of clergy abuse documents and related records to abuse victims and their lawyers this... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

Analysis: What is waiting for Bishop Fisher in Buffalo?

Awaiting Bishop Fisher is a chancery with a tarnished reputation, a diocese named in hundreds of clergy abuse lawsuits, an ongoing... Read more

Bishop Michael Fisher outside the meeting hall during the 2019 USCCB General Assembly, June 12, 2019.

Pope Francis names new bishop of scandal-ridden Buffalo diocese

Pope Francis Tuesday appointed Bishop Michael Fisher, an auxiliary of Washington, to be the next bishop of the scandal-ridden Diocese... Read more

Bishop Richard J. Malone formerly of Buffalo, N.Y. (File Photo/CNA).

Bishop Malone and Buffalo diocese sued by NY AG over clergy abuse

The State of New York is suing the Diocese of Buffalo and its former bishops for failing to protect children... Read more

Bishop Donald Trautman, Bishop Emeritus of Erie.

Erie diocese dropped from suit charging Bishop Trautman with abuse cover-up in NY

The Diocese of Erie has been dropped as a defendant in a lawsuit against Bishop Donald Trautman and the Diocese... Read more

Cathedral of St. Joseph, Buffalo, New York.

Judge rejects Catholic dioceses' suit to access coronavirus relief

A federal judge on Wednesday denied attempts by the Catholic dioceses of Buffalo and Rochester to obtain emergency small business... Read more

Bishop Edward Scarfenberger. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Albany

Buffalo bishop ‘honors witness’ of Catholic man injured in protest

The interim bishop of Buffalo paid tribute to a Catholic peace activist who was hospitalized after an encounter with police last... Read more

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Buffalo diocese seeks permanent injunction of abuse lawsuits

The diocese of Buffalo is asking a federal court to halt all outstanding clergy sex abuse litigation against it as it... Read more

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Albany.

Accused priests cannot be left 'destitute', Buffalo diocese clarifies

The Diocese of Buffalo clarified on Friday that priests accused of sexual abuse cannot be left “destitute,” even as the... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

Buffalo diocese cuts off 'all financial support' for accused priests

During its bankruptcy process, the Diocese of Buffalo has announced it will end financial support and health benefits for priests... Read more

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Bankrupt dioceses sue SBA for payroll loan access

Two Catholic dioceses have filed suit against the Small Business Administration (SBA), claiming they were wrongfully denied access to emergency... Read more

Sign outside Pittsburgh's Cathedral of St. Paul.

Dioceses announce staff cuts, but federal aid could help

As Catholic dioceses and parishes begin to cut staff during the coronavirus pandemic, they could be eligible for unprecedented federal... Read more

Bishop Richard J. Malone formerly of Buffalo, N.Y. (File Photo/CNA).

Malone suspended priest secretary who leaked chancery tapes

The day before he left his office, Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo forbade his former priest secretary from celebrating sacraments,... Read more

U.S. bishops from New York during their ad limina visit to Rome in Nov. 2019.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Buffalo’s Bishop Edward Grosz

Pope Francis Monday accepted the resignation of Bishop Edward Grosz, the auxiliary bishop of Buffalo, who has faced accusations of... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

Diocese of Buffalo files for bankruptcy

The Diocese of Buffalo announced on Friday that it is declaring bankruptcy; hundreds of abuse lawsuits have been filed against... Read more

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany, who has served as apostolic administrator of the Buffalo diocese since December 2019. CNA file photo

Scharfenberger to close Buffalo's Christ the King Seminary

The interim leader in the Diocese of Buffalo announced Tuesday that the diocesan seminary will suspend its operations at the... Read more