In response to my fellow pew-sitters’ cries for justice and truth, I created LayDOB.com as a contribution to transparency in providing information on the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Diocese of Buffalo from a source outside the diocesan spin machine.
In short, I’m serving up information you won’t get anywhere else. This diocese covers eight counties, a fact too many diocesan officials, lay advisors to the bishop and journalists forget. I happen to live where priests generally do not want to be assigned and where our bishops seldom travel. So objectivity reigns supreme down here. Truth is the currency. We understand that Jesus is the path to healing and, ultimately, salvation.
LayDOB.com is offered as a safe place for thoughtful, reasonable, Christian expression on this heartbreaking topic. Anyone may submit a report or thoughtful reflection. You’ll want to “Follow” to get update notifications.
This web site is not under the auspices of the Diocese of Buffalo. So, we lay faithful Catholics may write in freedom of those constraints.
Church law (Canon Law 212) acknowledges your right and duty to express your concerns to your pastors with charity. “They [laity] have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence and position, to manifest to the sacred Pastors their views on matters which concern the good of the Church. They have the right also to make their views known to others of Christ’s faithful [this website], but in doing so they must always respect the integrity of faith and morals, show due reverence to the Pastors and take into account both the common good and the dignity of individuals.” (§3)
If you are a baptized practicing Catholic in the diocese you are more than competent to voice your concerns/observations on the clergy sex abuse crisis. Your resources and links to facts are most helpful. We need to form opinion off of truth. Please join the discussion, but remember: your most powerful voice lies within your participation at Holy Mass and your prayers of the Holy Rosary.