Local man marks Good Friday with claim of sex abuse by Catholic priest


March 30, 2018

By Chris Caya

[Includes audio of Mark Lynch’s complete statement.]

A local man is going public with claims of being sexually abused as a teenager by a Catholic priest employed by the Diocese of Buffalo.

Mark Lynch, of Lewiston, says he was sexually assaulted in the rectory of Mount Carmel Parish, in Niagara Falls, by Father Joseph Schuster.

“It was 50 years ago. I was 13 years of age.”

Lynch said, he just began his healing process in December. And he chose to break his silence, Good Friday, with great reverence for the traditions stolen from him by the abuse he suffered at the hands of a Catholic priest.

That’s one of the great wounds that I have from this abuse is the fact that this man stole my sacraments. He stole my church from me.”

And Lynch says, other victims who came forward recently should not be blamed for hindering the Catholic Charities Appeal. He points to Bishop Richard Malone.

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