This is a blog about clergy sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York and how we laity can respond in truth and love to combat this evil scourge that has ravaged so many precious souls and lives. But we cannot adequately respond without truth about the crisis–its origin, the corrupt culture fostered by so many diocesan officials and the enablers of that culture that allowed the sexual abusers to flourish.
Long ago, we were warned that Church officials would harm the flock. St. Paul wept as he preached these words of warning to the bishops of the Church at the time:
Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, in which you tend the church of God that he acquired with his own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock. And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truth to draw the disciples away after them.–Acts 20:28-30
Why do these men in charge of Christ’s Church hurt us or allow us to be hurt? Jesus tells us:
“A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.”John 10:12-13
The Mission of LayDOB.com is to call out the “hired hands,” advocate for the survivors of clergy sexual abuse, and support true shepherds. I created this website as a response to the cries for truth and justice from my fellow pew sitters. It is 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.
Much of this information and commentary, you won’t get anywhere else. That is because since 2006 I have been working with individuals in our diocese who were either survivors of clergy sexual abuse or advocates for those survivors. Some worked in the chancery building.
Ultimately, the mission is the same as the Church’s–salvation of souls through Jesus Christ.
Because this website is not under the auspices of the Diocese of Buffalo, we lay faithful Catholics may write in freedom of those constraints. Church law1 acknowledges your right and duty to express your concerns to your pastors with charity. 2
You are invited to contribute to the conversation. 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. But remember: your most powerful voice lies within your participation at Holy Mass and your prayers, especially through the Holy Rosary.
Holy Mary, Queen of the Church, pray for us.