Catholic Church


Diocese of Rockville Centre Files For Bankruptcy, Citing Hundreds of Sex Abuse Lawsuits

The Diocese of Rockville Centre filed for bankruptcy Thursday after more than 200 lawsuits were filed alleging Catholic priests on Long Island sexually abused victims over the years. The plaintiffs’ attorneys said the bankruptcy filing can limit survivors’ ability to unearth names of accused priests, expose leaders who engaged in coverups, and, as part of the Chapter 11 process, the bankruptcy court will set a claims bar date, which will be the deadline for sexual abuse survivors to file a claim in bankruptcy court or risk losing their legal rights. But it also ...

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Number of WNY priests accused in Child Victims Act suits grows to 173

Child Victims Act lawsuits filed over the past year have accused 173 Catholic priests in Western New York of sexually abusing children. More than 30 of those priests were accused publicly for the first time only in recent weeks, including one cleric who has continued to run a South Buffalo parish despite being linked to abuse in a July lawsuit. Some of the alleged abuses date to the early 1950s. Most of the priests are deceased. A Hawaii man who is now in his 80s said in court papers that Cohane abused him multiple times, starting in 1951 on a hike into the ...

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3,797 and counting: Child Victims Act suits in NY add up, with more expected

The civil action lawsuit is one of thousands filed under the Child Victims Act against individuals, schools, churches and youth organizations. Last August, the law allowed survivors of child sexual abuse one year to file claims against those responsible for abuse regardless of how long ago the incident took place. Nearly a year later, there were 3,797 suits as of late last week filed according to the New York Office of Court Administration, with 109 filed in Westchester, six in Dutchess and four in Rockland. New York County ...

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Sexual Abuse Survivor Calls Mandatory Reporter Bill a Good Start

Advocates are calling a bill making priests and other clergy mandatory reporters of sexual abuse a first step. The bill that passed the Assembly includes a provision missing from the original draft. The original would have required priests report child abuse they hear about during the act of confession. The current version keeps those conversations private. "This exception swallows the rule," said Jennifer Freeman, Smith's attorney. "Just like for lawyers, if we hear that someone is about to commit a crime and is in danger of committing a future crime, we must come ...

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Child Victims Act suit filed against former St. Joseph’s school

A Dunkirk man has filed a Child Victims Act lawsuit against the former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and School for repeated abuse he alleged happened in the early 1960s. The 20-page complaint was filed Tuesday in state Supreme Court in Chautauqua County. The Dunkirk man, who is not being identified, said he was abused by the Rev. Edward Walker between 1960 and 1962 when he was about 12 to 14 years old. Walker was a priest at St. Joseph’s and was associated with Sisters of St. Joseph in Clarence. Sisters of St. Joseph was also named in the suit, with the city ...

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Survivor Speaks About Syracuse Catholic Diocese Filing for Bankruptcy

Amy, a sexual abuse survivor, was 11 years old when she was touched inappropriately by a male figure in her church. The abuse has impacted Amy all her life and when the Child Victim’s Act passed, she was afraid to file a claim. “I was shaking and my heart was racing, I didn’t know what to expect, and rehashing everything he had done to me, I didn’t know how I was going to handle it,” said Amy. And when she learned the Syracuse Catholic Diocese filed for bankruptcy, she was upset. “I thought it was them taking the easy way out so they didn’t have ...

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Albany Diocese adds deceased priest to list of offenders following investigation

ALBANY -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany announced Tuesday that it’s adding Rev. Alan Jupin, who died in 2019, to its “List of Offenders” after an investigation found “reasonable cause” related to allegations of sexual abuse against minors. Last year, Timothy Sawicki of Schenectady joined a multi-plaintiff lawsuit, filed by the Marsh Law Firm in White Plains, and alleged Jupin groomed and sexually abused him when he was 16 and 17 years old from 1975 to 1977. Jupin worked at St. John the Baptist in Schenectady at the time and Sawicki claimed Jupin ...

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‘Time for a Reckoning’: Flood of Abuse Cases Against NY Archdiocese Filed Amid Deadline Uncertainty

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Alleged victims of abuse decades ago have filed a flood of lawsuits — 95 in the last month alone — against the Archdiocese of New York amid confusion over the deadline for the look-back window provision of the Child Victims Act. “We filed 100 cases against the Catholic Church across the state of New York in the last 60 days,” said attorney James Marsh. “Our team has been working nights and weekends.” Another cause of the case surge is uncertainty over the CVA filing deadline, which Marsh said has led to “mass confusion.” On May 8, Gov. ...

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Syracuse Diocese files for bankruptcy

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WHCU) – The Diocese of Syracuse announced it has filed for bankruptcy following a recent wave of child sex abuse lawsuits brought against the Catholic Church. A law firm involved in the proceedings provided the following press release with more details: Today the Diocese of Syracuse announced it has filed for bankruptcy following a recent wave of child sex abuse lawsuits brought against the Catholic Church – the latest in a string of Catholic Church bankruptcy’s across the state, including the Diocese of Buffalo and Diocese of Rochester. Since ...

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Diocese files bankruptcy; 3 Oswego priests named among 100+ CVA lawsuits

SYRACUSE — The Diocese of Syracuse announced Friday it will re-organize in Chapter 11 bankruptcy as it faces an incoming tide of lawsuits related to alleged abuse by local priests over decades. Bishop Douglas Lucia was installed last year to lead the central and northern New York Catholic community following the retirement of Bishop Robert Cunningham after Cunningham’s 10 years in charge. On Friday, Lucia spoke to assembled media regarding the bankruptcy filing — a move already employed by the dioceses of Rochester and Buffalo. “A courtroom is a truth-seek...

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