Movement to Restore Trust in Buffalo’s Catholic diocese begins taking action


November 29, 2018

By Mike Desmond

The present structure of the Catholic Church took some real hits Wednesday night, as the sex abuse crisis was scrutinized before a large crowd at Canisius College’s Montante Center and in cyberspace.

A group of prominent local Catholics organized the meeting, under the general title of the Movement to Restore Trust. Moderated by Canisius President John Hurley, the panelists were two priests, a nun and a nationally prominent lay Catholic leader.

Backed by the audience, they all see a need for major changes in the way the church is run, leaders are selected and held accountable. That could include deciding which posts require a priest and which could be filled by others.

Swormville Pastor Fr. Robert Zilliox said priests need help.

“Encouraging our priests to become holy men, encouraging our priests to become all that God wants them to be,” Zilliox said. “Because I think we’ve lost focus of our own ordination. I think that’s fundamentally where all this came from. We got so high on ourselves that we forgot why were were ordained to begin with, why we wanted to become priests to begin with.”

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