Buffalo Bishop says procedures were followed in sex abuse cases


By Rich Newberg, News 4 Senior Correspondent
Published: January 27, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone says he was “deeply saddened” to hear of newly released reports of sexual abuse in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese.

While the two alleged victims went public with their complaints on Tuesday, the incidents they reported dated back to 1973 and 2002, before Malone’s tenure in Buffalo.

“These cases were handled in accordance with the policies and procedures enacted by our diocese and consistent with the Charter for The Protection of Children and Young People,” Malone said after reviewing the cases.

However, Vanessa DeRosa and Antonio “Tino” Flores don’t agree with that assessment. They want Pope Francis to investigate the way the Diocese handled their cases. If the pope agrees, their attorneys say it would be the first U.S. cases of such abuse investigated by the Vatican. They are hoping to meet with the pope when he visits the U.S. in September.

New York laws require people who allege they were abused as minors to come forward by age 23, so the statute of limitations for reparations has expired,

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