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Diocese of Buffalo - Latest News

Jan 11, 2021 - 05:06 pm .- The Diocese of Buffalo released thousands of clergy abuse documents and related records to abuse victims and their lawyers this week as part of an agreement in ongoing clergy abuse negotiations during its bankruptcy.
Dec 5, 2020 - 07:00 am .- Awaiting Bishop Fisher is a chancery with a tarnished reputation, a diocese named in hundreds of clergy abuse lawsuits, an ongoing bankruptcy process, the possible closure of parishes and schools, and a faithful weary both of scandal.
Dec 1, 2020 - 05:45 am .- Pope Francis Tuesday appointed Bishop Michael Fisher, an auxiliary of Washington, to be the next bishop of the scandal-ridden Diocese of Buffalo, New York.
Nov 23, 2020 - 11:40 am .- The State of New York is suing the Diocese of Buffalo and its former bishops for failing to protect children for clergy sex abuse.
Jul 9, 2020 - 11:42 am .- The Diocese of Erie has been dropped as a defendant in a lawsuit against Bishop Donald Trautman and the Diocese of Buffalo which claims they covered up a priest’s sex abuse of a 10-year-old boy in the mid-1980s.
Jun 12, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- A federal judge on Wednesday denied attempts by the Catholic dioceses of Buffalo and Rochester to obtain emergency small business loans. The dioceses were excluded from the Paycheck Protection Program because of their ongoing bankruptcy proceedings.
Jun 11, 2020 - 09:30 am .- The interim bishop of Buffalo paid tribute to a Catholic peace activist who was hospitalized after an encounter with police last week.
May 4, 2020 - 01:35 pm .- The diocese of Buffalo is asking a federal court to halt all outstanding clergy sex abuse litigation against it as it navigates bankruptcy proceedings.
May 1, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- The Diocese of Buffalo clarified on Friday that priests accused of sexual abuse cannot be left “destitute,” even as the diocese acts to withdraw financial support payments.
Apr 29, 2020 - 01:32 pm .- During its bankruptcy process, the Diocese of Buffalo has announced it will end financial support and health benefits for priests facing substantiated allegations of sexual abuse. 
Apr 22, 2020 - 04:30 pm .- Two Catholic dioceses have filed suit against the Small Business Administration (SBA), claiming they were wrongfully denied access to emergency loans during the pandemic because of their bankruptcy status.
Mar 30, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- As Catholic dioceses and parishes begin to cut staff during the coronavirus pandemic, they could be eligible for unprecedented federal relief to keep their employees on their payrolls.
Mar 4, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- The day before he left his office, Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo forbade his former priest secretary from celebrating sacraments, after the priest leaked audio recordings that showed Malone knew about clerical sexual abuse allegations months before he acted on them.
Mar 2, 2020 - 06:15 am .- Pope Francis Monday accepted the resignation of Bishop Edward Grosz, the auxiliary bishop of Buffalo, who has faced accusations of mishandling sex abuse allegations.
Feb 28, 2020 - 10:10 am .- The Diocese of Buffalo announced on Friday that it is declaring bankruptcy; hundreds of abuse lawsuits have been filed against it in the last seven months.
Feb 4, 2020 - 02:45 pm .- The interim leader in the Diocese of Buffalo announced Tuesday that the diocesan seminary will suspend its operations at the end of the current semester.
Jan 17, 2020 - 07:19 pm .- The apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo said this week that despite the possibility the diocese could file for bankruptcy protection to settle over 200 lawsuits related to sexual abuse, donations made to Catholic Charities this year will be used to help the needy rather than to pay for lawsuits.
Jan 7, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo, has said he was not given the results of a Vatican-ordered investigation into the scandal-hit diocese.
Jan 3, 2020 - 06:01 pm .- A lawsuit against the Diocese of Buffalo and retired Bishop Donald Trautman claim they covered up a New York priest’s sex abuse of a 10-year-old boy in the mid-1980s, though the bishop has previously denied accusations he has ever covered up abuse.
Dec 4, 2019 - 12:25 pm .- Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany spoke to the press Wednesday following his appointment as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo, and emphasized that although he is not yet sure how exactly he will divide his time between the two dioceses he is now tasked with shepherding, he trusts Pope Francis’ decision to appoint him.