A second federal lawsuit was filed against the Buffalo Diocese due to the allegedly abusive actions committed by a former priest. The 61-year-old man from New Hampshire claims that the priest who served as an associate pastor at St. Aloysius Church in Springville, New York sexually abused him multiple times between the years of 1971 and 1976. So far, five other survivors accused the same priest of abuse including a man who received a settlement from the Buffalo Diocese in 1994, and a woman who alleges abuse by the priest from 1971 to 1972. It is alleged that the priest may have abused several other children throughout the years and that the diocese knew about the allegations, which purportedly prompted them to move the priest between multiple parishes.
Alleged cover ups by various dioceses and Catholic church leaders contribute to the pervasive clergy abuse that continues to taint the church and its communities. Unfortunately, instead of addressing the decades of abuse committed by an overwhelming number of clergy members, the incidents remained hidden. In part, the covert nature of the abuse has led to the shame and fear that many survivors feel.
If you or someone you love survived clergy abuse as a child, our clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will help you to file a claim that holds the responsible parties accountable for their actions. Please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation. We serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide including New York from our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey.