BUFFALO, N.Y. - As the Diocese of Buffalo continues to grapple with accusations of sexual abuse by priests, as well as coverups by officials, a group of nine Catholic lay people have formed an initiative called "The Movement to Restore Trust."
Wednesday, they held a symposium featuring four panelists, moderated by Canisius College President John Hurley, titled "Restoring Trust: A Path Forward for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo."
The initiative describes the symposium as "a respectful dialogue on what has been done and must now be done to protect the vulnerable, hold leaders accountable, and begin to reform, renew, and heal the Church in Buffalo."
The four panelists included Kerry Robinson, founding executive director and global ambassador of Leadership Roundtable, Fr. Matt Malone, S.J., editor in chief of America, The Jesuit Review magazine, Rev. Robert Zilliox, pastor of St. Mary's of Swormville who told 2 On Your Side he himself was a victim of abuse by a priest, and Sister Margaret Carney, OSF STD, president of S. Bonaventure and leader of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious' task force on leadership roles for women in the church.
There will also be a follow-up workshop December 8 at Canisius, where attendees will work to develop "concrete proposals for reform" according to The Movement to Restore Trust.
For more information on The Movement to Restore Trust, you can visit its website.