November 23, 2020
New York’s Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against the Buffalo Catholic Diocese, alleging its leaders protected priests accused of child sex abuse.
Attorney General Letita James said the diocese and two now-retired leaders failed to refer over two dozen accused priests to the Vatican for removal.
In response, the diocese pledged “full cooperation” with authorities.
It is the first suit to come from a state inquiry that began in 2018. Seven other dioceses are under investigation.
Announcing the lawsuit on Twitter, Ms James promised to bring those responsible to justice.
“While we will never be able to undo these horrific acts, we will do everything in our power to hold the Buffalo Diocese and its leadership accountable and ensure this never happens again.”
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