Diocese of Buffalo opens new clergy abuse investigative post

By Mark Goshgarian
Spectrum News
October 01, 2018

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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo opened its Office of Professional Responsibility Monday, lead by former long-time FBI agent Steven Halter.

The Diocese says Halter will, in-part, investigate clergy abuse complaints, as protesters Sunday were not satisfied with the creation of the new post.

He'll also serve as a resource for pastors, pastoral administrators, principals and other church leaders throughout the diocese. Halter was a bureau agent for almost 30 years and will also investigate any financial mismanagement within the diocese.

Road to Recovery President Robert Hoatson continues to demand Bishop Richard Malone open all the secret files. Hoatson says Malone is still not telling the truth and renewed his call for the bishop to resign.

Despite that, Hoatson said the Bishop should focus on the abuse crisis and let others handle the regular business of the diocese.


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