Buffalo Catholic Diocese Bishop Richard Malone, along with priests from the Presbyteral Council and the Vicars Forane will begin a year of healing during lent this year.

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The Buffalo Catholic Diocese is currently dealing with dozens of complaints of alleged sex abuse by some priests within the diocese.

In a post on the diocese's website, they issued a statement of solidarity in an effort to move forward in the healing process.

They outlined three goals:

  • A year of healing that will begin during lent. Prayers will be received during mass at every diocese parish.   
  • A study day for priests having to deal with the issues of due process for accused priests. This will happen at Christ the King Seminary on February 12.
  • Moving the diocese toward a 'new day of hope'. Everyone, including church officials and parishioners, would come together for the healing process.  The diocese would work with the Canisius Symposium to help them move forward to a brighter future. 

According to the post, the church officials say they are committed to working with Bishop Malone to ensure victims of abuse are treated with compassion and healing and that the diocese is transparent during the process.