LayDOB.com is a blog created as a contribution to transparency surrounding the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Diocese of Buffalo (New York). The “Diocese” didn’t betray us. People did. Until we recognize–by name and face–the true agents of betrayal, and the toxic culture that informs them, we won’t be able to begin to restore trust in the Church. Thanks to courageous whistleblowers and the New York State Attorney General, we know names, faces and their horrendous professional misconduct that exacerbated the clergy sexual abuse crisis for decades.
Jennifer Kane, editor of LayDOB.com, [profile at this link] provides information and perspectives as an advocate for not only survivors of clergy sexual abuse, but for common sense in reforming the Diocese in the wake of this evil scourge that has ravaged precious souls and lives. Because we laity cannot adequately respond to the crisis without truth, this blog exposes:
- the corrupt culture fostered by so many diocesan officials,
- and the enablers of that culture (including laity) who allowed the sexual abusers to flourish.
Much of this information and commentary, you won’t get anywhere else. That is because since 2006 Jennifer has 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 executive offices.
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
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.