- Nov 23, 2020
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday sued the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and two former church leaders, alleging they covered up allegations of sexual misconduct and misused charitable assets by supporting predatory priests who were allowed to retire or go on leave.
Retired Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of Buffalo, the diocese’s 13th bishop, died peacefully just before midnight July 11, following a brief illness. He was 84.
A 75-year-old protester associated with the Catholic Worker movement who struck his head on pavement after being shoved back by police remained hospitalized Tuesday with a fractured skull, his attorney said.
Catholic activist Martin Gugino long has been anti-war, anti-hunger, anti-violence, when it comes to opposing social ills, but the one “anti” that doesn’t fit the bill is the “antifa” moniker President Donald Trump tried to pin on him in a June 9 tweet, friends say.
Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo, has launched a broad-based initiative focused on reenvisioning the mission of the Catholic Church of western New York “and bringing about diocesan-wide renewal,” according to a May 22 diocesan news release.
The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has taken legal action seeking to stop all outstanding clergy sexual abuse lawsuits while it navigates bankruptcy proceedings in federal court.