A survivor of abuse claims that the Buffalo Diocese covered up the complaint he filed against an allegedly abusive priest. In 1968, the man, who was 14 years old at the time, alleged that the priest abused him, which prompted the diocese to remove him from his post at St. John the Evangelist Church in Buffalo, New York. Despite the acknowledgement of the complaint, the diocese reassigned the priest to St. John Kanty Church, also in Buffalo. After another abuse survivor accused the priest of abusing him in a press conference that took place in 2018, the priest admitted to abusing multiple children early in his over 40-year career serving within the diocese. In 2004, the diocese removed him from ministry, which takes away his ability to perform sacraments or mass, but the Vatican has not officially defrocked him.
Along with the initial accusation lodged against the priest in 1968, several other accusations originate from the 1960s against the former Buffalo priest. According to the allegedly abusive priest, he claimed that he received treatment at the Southdown Institute in Canada after complaints surfaced that he propositioned a teenage boy in the late 1970s. After he completed his therapy program, the diocese reassigned him to yet another parish, St. John Vianney in Orchard Park, New York.
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