Rochester Catholic Church Abuse Victim Speaks on Release of Deposition

Spectrum News

July 7, 2020

By Jonathan Hunter

Former Rochester Catholic Bishop Matthew Clark admitted that he allowed priests who were sexually abusing children to continue to work. The deposition was just released to the public. This comes after he was questioned in March as part of a bankruptcy hearing for the Diocese of Rochester.

“If someone was working for a big company, he’d be fired on the spot when he was caught,” said Carol Dupré, a victim.

Dupré is just one of many victims who say they were abused by priests in the Rochester region. She says her abuse took place in the 1960s at a church in Wayne County.

“Without going into any details about it, I finally told my mother what was going on and she reported it to the dioceses and they did nothing,” said Dupré

In the 140-page deposition, Bishop Clark admitted he knew there were priests who were sexually abusing children. He says he sent them to treatment and reassigned them when they returned. Mitchell Garabedian is an attorney who represents clients who were sexually abused by clergy members.

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