Buffalo woman's alleged abuser's name added to Diocese list of clergy sex abuse

By Marissa Perlman
November 08, 2018

[with video]

We shared with you Evelyn Safe's story in May.

She claimed Buffalo Priest, Father Robert D. Moss sexually abused her more than 25 years ago

She was an adult at the time, and never expected to see his name on that clergy sex abuse list, because the Buffalo Diocese was only revealing cases involving minors. 

But all that changed on Monday. "Seeing him smoking outside the Church, he would kiss everybody on the lips."

Evelyn Safe says something seemed off about Father Robert Moss, or "Father Bob."

She first met him at age 12 at Queen of Heaven Church in West Seneca. He became friends with her family. 

She said, "He would come over to my house and I always felt uncomfortable because he would kiss me on the lips, and then he started rubbing himself against me. After that it escalated to him exposing himself in my house."

She says this happened on multiple occasions at her home in 1993 when safe was in her early 20's. 

Years later, she reported the abuse to the Catholic Diocese, but says there was no investigation.

She said, "As far as i'm concerned that's stabbing me in the back, and twisting the knife and turning their back on God."

According to the Diocese, Father Moss's name would only appear on their list of accused priests if he was accused of sexual abuse of a minor, before he died in March of this year. 

Safe knew her story wouldn't land him on the list, but also knew, "I wasn't the only one he was doing this crap to," she said. 

Safe was still surprised to see Father Moss on the updated list on Monday.She feels validated, but, "I think it's too little too late."

She says she's seen how Bishop Richard Malone's has handled the crisis, she's now calling for him to resign: 

"Everyone of those priests that are on that list should have right from the get-go been reported to the authorities."

The Diocese says there are a total of 176 Priests against whom child sex abuse allegations were made.
They are not identifying deceased priests who have a single allegation against them.

Because Father Moss is being named, it is likely he had at least another accusation against him, that involved a child.



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