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I-Team: The AG's Diocese of Buffalo report, annotated by Charlie Specht

25 case studies describe massive cover-up
Posted at 4:13 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 17:36:46-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York State Attorney General Letitia James on Monday sued the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and former bishops Richard J. Malone and Edward M. Grosz for failing to protect children and for engaging in a decades-long cover-up of sexual abuse by diocesan priests.

New York’s top prosecutor also is seeking a court-appointed monitor that would ensure that interim Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger complies with sexual abuse policies and procedures.

But perhaps the most revealing part of the AG's 218-page report are individual "case studies" on 25 priests who were accused of sexual abuse or misconduct (most with children) and how the diocese dealt with them. The case studies based on subpoenaed diocesan personnel files show who knew what when and how bishops in large part chose to protect priests over children.

Below is the full report from the attorney general. Scroll through to see Charlie Specht's annotated notes about the priests, bishops and others who are cited in the report.

Note: This document is best viewed by clicking here and opening a new window where the annotations are easier to read.