2018 October

Oct 29, 2018: Diocese of Buffalo, Bp. Malone’s Dangerous Practices and Protocols Exposed on 60 Minutes; Statement from Survivor Matt Golden

Statement From Survivor Matt Golden Regarding Bishop Malone, Diocese of Buffalo’s Handling of Sexual Abuse Cases60 Minutes exposes the dangerous practices and protocols still employed by the Diocese of Buffalo (Buffalo, New York) – Sexual abuse survivor Matt Golden sued the Diocese of Buffalo in August, claiming the Diocese of Buffalo and Bishop Richard J. Malone created and exposed the public to dangerous predator priests and continue to do so through present day. Golden’s lawsuit claims that the Diocese of Buffalo continues to conspire and engage in efforts to conceal from the public and law…

Oct 26, 2018: Abuse Survivors Call on Pope Francis, Vatican to Change Dangerous Practices & Protocols

On October 24, 2018, clergy sexual abuse survivors Jim Keenan and Kathy Stonebraker filed suit against the Vatican in federal court in the Northern District of California. Survivor and advocate Jim Keenan explains why he decided to file this lawsuit, calling on Pope Francis and the Catholic Church to change its dangerous policies and protocols surrounding clergy sexual abuse. Jim and Kathy are seeking truth and transparency not only for themselves, but for thousands of sexual abuse survivors across the globe. It’s time for change.

Oct 19, 2018: Department of Justice Investigations Long Overdue, Will Test Church Hierarchy

News that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania and the Diocese of Buffalo in New York for their handling of clergy sex abuse is as significant as it is overdue. No one can predict the outcome, but the investigations provide hope for accountability and transparency for the Catholic Church and healing for survivors.The involvement of the feds ups the ante in the current swirl of public outrage over, and secular investigations into, sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and the Church’s cover-up. In Pennsylvania, the federal investigation comes on the heels …

Oct 12, 2018: Pope’s Mixed Message On Wuerl Shows He Does Not Understand Or Care

Pope Francis sent another demoralizing mixed message to sexual abuse survivors today. Unfortunately, that is not surprising.The pope accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington today. This should have been a positive demonstration to survivors of his commitment to hold bishops accountable for mishandling clergy sex abuse cases. Wuerl was named in the recent Pennsylvania grand jury report that accused church hierarchy of covering up abuse. Pennsylvania’s attorney general said the report and documents show that “Cardinal Wuerl oversaw and participated in the…