Ten people were killed and three others injured Saturday when a teenage gunman opened fire with an assault rifle at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
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Bishop Fisher added that the diocese is “fully focused on fulfilling what this process is all about,” meaning a “sense of restitution, closure and healing for all those who were abused by members of the clergy.”
The Child Victims Act opened a window, which closes Aug. 14, allowing child sex-abuse victims to file abuse lawsuits long after their statute of limitations had ended.
Prior to the allegation of abuse on his part, Bishop Grosz faced an accusation of negligence in responding to reported sex abuse by another cleric.
An alleged victim, in a complaint under the Child Victims Act, claimed she was abused as a child in the 1980s at what the complaint names as St. Matthew parish.
The abuse victims, who make up a committee of unsecured creditors in the ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization for the diocese, have also agreed to keep the contents of the records confidential.
As dioceses across the country work to scale back payrolls, one lawyer who works with religious institutions says that new federal policies that could pay for employee leave and provide emergency loans to non-profits.
Buffalo Catholics and survivors of sex abuse express shock over a Mass and lunch with Bishop Edward Scharfenberger that saw priests accused of child sex abuse in prominent positions.