Erie diocese wants out of NY lawsuit against Trautman


May 26, 2020

By Ed Palattella

Catholic Diocese of Erie says it has no link to cover-up claims related to retired bishop’s tenure in Buffalo diocese.

The Catholic Diocese of Erie is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit in New York that tries to connect the diocese to claims that retired Erie Catholic Bishop Donald W. Trautman covered up clergy sex abuse of a minor when he was a top official in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo in the 1980s.

The suit also names Trautman as a defendant, though the claims against him mostly pertain to his tenure in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. The suit alleges the abuse took place there about six years before Trautman was named the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Erie, in 1990.

The Catholic Diocese of Erie wants a judge to remove it as a defendant, arguing that Trautman was working for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo at the time and that the claims relate to the Buffalo diocese.

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