Brooklyn Bishop DiMarzio Accused Of Ignoring Some Sex Abuse Claims

By Peter Haskell
WCBS 880 Radio
December 10, 2019

[with audio]

The head of the Brooklyn Diocese, who was selected by the pope to investigate allegations of sex abuse, is now facing accusations that he ignored certain instances of misconduct.

The Brooklyn Diocese has admitted there were 114 abusive priests removed from the clergy, but there have been active investigations against 142 priests.

“Bishop DiMarzio and the Diocese of Brooklyn are evading a full account of priest perpetrators in the Diocese of Brooklyn,” said James Faluszczak, a former priest who was abused as a child.

Faluszczak says he’s suspicious about DiMarzio’s handling of the sex abuse investigations, especially since the bishop himself was also accused of abuse.

Faluszczack says he’s mostly concerned about a report looking into clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo conducted by DiMarzio.

“We contend that Bishop DiMarzio is also withholding information that he is aware of from the diocese of Buffalo,” he said.

A spokesperson for the Brooklyn Diocese says the bishop is not sitting on the report and added that all abuse claims go before a review board.


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