Accountability IS mercy

My message to Papal Nuncio: As a corroborating witness to Msgr LiPuma’s participation in clergy sexual abuse coverup, I object to his candidacy to any office or title in the Roman Catholic Church

In 2004, a 23-year-old seminarian wrote to vice chancellor Monsignor David LiPuma asking for help concerning sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a diocesan priest--help he never received. So, I have written a letter.

Accountability IS mercy, Disturbing actions of the Bishop of Buffalo, Rev. Ryszard Biernat

A perverse continuation of the corrupt diocesan culture: promoting officials complicit in coverup of clergy sexual abuse

Bishop Michael Fisher's claim, “I want to be about accountability and transparency,” rings hollow. Without professional accountability for the officials we trusted to protect us, any hope of “renewal” for our diocese mired in this endless clergy sexual abuse crisis is impossible. And this crisis is here to stay as long as the bishop continues to appoint in leadership positions officials who have compromised their integrity by participating in orchestrated coverups of up clergy sexual abuse allegations. Such recent appointments of diocesan leaders only reveal a perverse continuation of the corrupt culture that promotes/protects the very officials who were complicit in enabling the crisis. (Click title to read more...)

6-part series: Laity's response to sex abuse crisis, Lay Advisory Groups

How laity can step up their response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Diocese of Buffalo. PART FOUR: Loss of Objectivity is a product of toxic diocesan culture.

(AUDIO read by author) We explore indications that the Diocese of Buffalo, over the course of many years, groomed a tight-knit circle of lay advisors in a system that effectively compromised their objectivity. Lose that, and you can easily get duped.

6-part series: Laity's response to sex abuse crisis, Lay Advisory Groups

How laity can step up their response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Diocese of Buffalo PART THREE: Enabling is a product of toxic diocesan culture.

(AUDIO read by author) To combat the clergy sexual abuse crisis, it is not enough to address the abusers. We have to change the look-the-other-way culture that allowed the abusers to flourish. We examine more dark corners of the diocese to watch how this enabling culture plays out and what laity can do to root it out.

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.