A clergy abuse suit was filed against a suspended priest and the St. Bernadette Parish in Orchard Park, New York. The claim accuses the priest who formerly served in the Buffalo Diocese of abusing a teenage boy during a field trip to Washington, D.C. in 1976 with a group from the St. Bernadette Elementary School. Despite the former priest’s assertions that he did not commit the abuse, others made complaints about inappropriate behavior against minors, which led to the Buffalo Diocese bishop placing him on leave in 2011. After a new complaint was filed, he was suspended from ministry in April 2018. Originally, the plaintiff applied to receive a settlement from the diocese’s compensation fund but was rejected since his allegations were considered too old according to the previously established statute of limitations.
Those abuse survivors whose claims exceeded the statute of limitations due to age could not file against their abusers, but now, as dictated by the Child Victims Act, survivors may do so until August 2020. This enables them to gain closure and hold their abusers responsible for the trauma they experienced as children. Many survivors and victims may deal with drug and alcohol abuse, depression and suicide, and a host of other issues, which disrupts their quality of life.
If you or someone you love faced the trauma of clergy abuse as a child, please call our clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar at 215-557-0099 or contact us online. Our experienced attorneys will listen to your claim with discretion and compassion and pursue justice on your behalf. We provide legal representation to clients who survived clergy abuse in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey.