An attorney representing 13 clergy sex abuse victims is calling on Bishop Richard Malone to release documents related to pedophile priests and those who tried to cover up the scandal — and then he wants Malone to resign.
Mitchell Garabedian will hold a news conference at 11:30 a.m. Thursday to talk about proposed settlement offers for his clients.
He said some of the victims find the offers acceptable. He called some other offers insulting and says they re-victimize abuse victims/survivors.
Garabedian said the victim compensation program isn't transparent or consistent and added that some settlement offers don't have an acceptable explanation.
Garabedian will be joined by three clergy sex abuse victims, two of whom are former priests in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
One of them is Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. He is a former priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey. He is a clergy sex abuse victim/survivor and helped to start Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit group that helps sex abuse victims and their families.
The news conference will be held on the public sidewalk across from the Buffalo Diocese on Main and Goodell Streets in Buffalo.