Accountability IS mercy, Bishop Accountability, Buffalo Survivors Group

Understanding the reactions of abuse survivors any time an alleged complicit bishop ministers in public

Former Bishop of Buffalo, Richard Malone, concelebrated Easter liturgies at the Buffalo cathedral. While other bishops around the world are facing life-long banishments from their dioceses for repeatedly turning a blind eye to accusations of sexual misconduct against priests, Bishop Malone appears to face no such consequences. Clergy sexual abuse survivors understandably interpret this as the Church consenting to Bishop Malone’s grave malfeasance. That is not a small point.

Bishop Accountability, Disturbing actions of the Bishop of Buffalo, Rev. Ryszard Biernat, whistleblowers, You can't make this up

A call for accountability: Bishop Grosz faces another Vos estis report under 3rd-party bishop reporting system

As a corroborating witness to Bishop Edward Grosz's deliberate coverup of an allegation of clergy sexual abuse, I recently filed a report to the Vatican using an official online reporting system in place. Allegations of his abuse of authority, punctuated by blackmailing the victim, grabbed national and international media attention. While our Buffalo bishop appears numb to this case, a particular arm of the Vatican is mandated by the pope to investigate such “Vos estis” reports. I'll walk you through the reporting process. [Click title to read more]

Accountability IS mercy

“An act of spite” keeps heroic whistleblower priest sidelined—one year later

"... if you try to groom a child for sex, Malone will stick up for you, but if you try to stop that behavior, he’ll fire you and call you a traitor." That pretty much sums up what happened to a Diocese of Buffalo priest who acted on his moral conscience. Wait. It's actually worse than that.… Continue reading “An act of spite” keeps heroic whistleblower priest sidelined—one year later

Lay Advisory Groups

Silence gives consent: Bishop’s Council of the Laity

Working with no checks and balances in the system of Church governance, our bishops have toyed with "advice" from very few select groups of laypeople for decades. While these laypeople (primarily from the Buffalo region) have no authority in the governing structure, these clergy-selected Catholics have some influence (or could if they collectively wanted to make a stink). Since 2018, when clergy sexual abuse allegations surfaced in a raging flood of media and whistleblower reports, we laity downstream assume the laypeople who advise the bishop on our behalf are behaving responsibly in looking out for our interests. That assumption on our part is a great mistake. Read why in this updated post examining the diocese's largest lay advisory group, The Bishop's Council of the Laity, who have remained aloof, unaccountable for their "advice," and virtually unknown to the laity. Until now.