Fr. Arthur J. Smith

Ordained: 1971
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Suspended in 2011 after complaints about behavior toward a boy. Refused to stay away from the boy’s school. Sent to Vianney Center for treatment. In 11/12 given nursing home ministry by new bishop Malone. Reports 10/13 of inappropriately touching two young men there. Malone wrote glowing recommendations in 2015 and ’16 for Smith for work which would put him in contact with children. Found to be cruise ship chaplain 2018. Nephew said in 2/19 Smith abused him at age 9. Suit filed in 9/19 claimed abuse of boy, age 16, in 1976. Accused in 2003 of sex assault of seminarian, who told Aux. Bishop Grosz. Grosz allegedly blamed the seminarian for not locking his door, and warned him to keep quiet or he’d lose his vocation. Removed from diocesan payroll 5/1/29 in bankruptcy agreement.


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