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Bishop Michael Fisher at the 2019 USCCB spring general assembly, June 2019.

‘Tragedy of epic proportions’: Buffalo bishop responds to deluge of abuse lawsuits

Aug 24, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

After nearly 1,000 abuse claims were filed against clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo in the last two years, the... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y.

More than 900 abuse claims filed against Buffalo diocese under Child Victims Act

Aug 18, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

At Saturday’s close of the “lookback” window created by New York’s Child Victims Act, more than 900 child sex abuse... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral, Buffalo

Former Buffalo seminary professor pleads guilty to stalking investigative reporter

Aug 5, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

A former New York seminary professor pleaded guilty this week to charges of stalking a local news reporter, after a... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y.

Priests of Buffalo diocese continue to face sex abuse accusations

Jul 29, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Since June more than 90 sex abuse lawsuits involving the Diocese of Buffalo have been filed under New York’s Child... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y.

Buffalo diocese places retired priest on leave after abuse allegation

Jul 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

After diocesan officials discovered an unreported allegation of abuse, Bishop Michael Fisher of Buffalo has placed on leave an 88-year-old... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral, Buffalo diocese

Buffalo diocese places three priests on leave following accusation

Jun 7, 2021

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

Apr 6, 2021

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

Classroom in a Catholic school.

Amid hefty legal fees, Buffalo diocese cuts Catholic school spending

Mar 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Mar 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Jan 11, 2021

By CNA Staff

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?

Dec 5, 2020

By Matt Hadro

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

Dec 1, 2020

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

Nov 23, 2020

By Matt Hadro

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

Jul 9, 2020

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

Jun 12, 2020

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

Jun 11, 2020

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

The exterior of the New York Supreme Court.

Buffalo diocese seeks permanent injunction of abuse lawsuits

May 4, 2020

By Matt Hadro

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

May 1, 2020

By Matt Hadro

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

Apr 29, 2020

By Matt Hadro

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

U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, D.C.

Bankrupt dioceses sue SBA for payroll loan access

Apr 22, 2020

By Matt Hadro

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