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Msgr. Leo McCarthy – Diocese of Buffalo

Msgr. Leo McCarthy

Diocese of Buffalo

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Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Msgr. Leo McCarthy:

In July 2021, a lawsuit was filed in New York State court alleging that a woman was sexually abused by Monsignor Leo McCarthy of the Diocese of Buffalo in the early 1980s.

According to the lawsuit, the woman, now 51, alleges that she was abused by McCarthy over the course of several months in 1982, when she was 12 years old.  She says that McCarthy showed her pornography and engaged her in sexual contact, including sexual intercourse in the sacristy at St. Matthew parish in Buffalo.  The abuse continued until her mother suspected she was pregnant, at which time she told her mom about what McCarthy was doing.  She also says that she tried to tell a teacher about the abuse, but the teacher did not believe her; she was expelled from the school not long after, which she says was retaliation by McCarthy for reporting her abuse.

McCarthy is now retired but continued to assist with services at Blessed Sacrament in Tonawanda.  Upon learning of the allegation, the Buffalo Diocese says that it suspended McCarthy’s faculties to minister and placed him on administrative leave pending investigation.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo in New York.  The Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Buffalo Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

 

Aux. Bishop Edward Grosz – Diocese of Buffalo

Aux. Bishop Edward Grosz

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Summary of Abuse Allegations against Auxiliary Bishop Edward Grosz:

In July 2021, retired Buffalo Auxiliary Bishop Edward Grosz was named in a lawsuit filed by a man who says that Grosz sexually abused him in approximately 1990 when the man was just 15 years old.  According to the lawsuit, the abuse occurred at St. Brigid parish in Bergen, New York. Media reports indicate that the abuse occurred after a confirmation service for the boy.

The lawsuit also alleges that Fr. Richard Keppeler abused the boy for several years at St. Brigid prior to the abuse by Grosz.  The victim told news reporters that he hoped to report Keppeler’s abuse to Bishop Grosz and bring an end to it, but instead Grosz sexually abused him too.

In response to the allegations, the Diocese of Buffalo says that Grosz voluntarily surrendered his faculties to minister during the Diocese’s internal investigation of the allegation.  Though he retired several years ago, Grosz continued to perform sacraments and celebrate masses on occasion.

Grosz is the highest ranking official in the Diocese of Buffalo to be accused of sexually abusing a minor, but his involvement in the Diocese’s child sexual abuse scandal is not new information. Grosz was personally named in the November 2020 lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Buffalo by the New York Attorney General. That lawsuit, which is still ongoing, accuses Bishop Richard Malone and Grosz of “protecting more than two dozen priests accused of child sexual abuse by not referring their cases to the Vatican for potential removal from the priesthood,” and “misusing charitable assets by supporting priests who they knew had likely sexually abused minors.”

Grosz, now 76, will remain on suspension pending the Diocese’s investigation of the matter. Given his position in the Catholic Church hierarchy, it is likely that the Archdiocese of New York will become involved in the matter, as is required by internal church policies.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo in New York.  The Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Buffalo Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Diocese of Buffalo – Bankruptcy Records

Release of Records in Diocese of Buffalo Bankruptcy  

 

The Diocese of Buffalo filed for Bankruptcy in February of 2020. There’s a question as to whether or not records in the Diocese of Buffalo Bankruptcy case will be released. There are more than 25,000 pages of internal Buffalo Diocese documents relating to clergy abuse, diocesan finances, and personnel files that are being reviewed by lawyers and survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Whether the diocese’s confidential files on clergy abuse will be released to the public is unknown. However, there has been an agreement in terms of the survivors of sexual abuse keeping the files confidential in addition to not pursuing any legal suits against individual parishes and other Catholic entities if they want to see the files for themselves.

In the early 2000s, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles had the largest release of internal church files. There were a ton of victims of sexual abuse that sued under legislation in California that suspended the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases. However, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles did not declare bankruptcy and it agreed to the disclosures as part of a global settlement with victims.

As for the Diocese of Buffalo, “The diocesan bankruptcy cases in New York could be different, because the Child Victims Act window that suspended the civil statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases continues until Aug. 14, giving abuse survivors some leverage in negotiations with diocese lawyers”, the CEO and legal director of Child USA said.

As of now, the diocese has to produce the files for the creditors’ committee by January 31st, 2021. The files in which the committee has requested in part of their agreement are comprised of the diocese’s finances and files regarding sexual abuse. 

“Ultimately, survivors and victims want to see these documents made public. “That is a primary concern of victims and survivors because the documents represent the truth, and they will help victims trying to heal”, an Attorney said.

On January 15th, 2021, the new leader of the Diocese of Buffalo will be installed and will make the decision of releasing the diocese’s confidential files on clergy abuse.

https://buffalonews.com/news/local/trove-of-buffalo-diocese-abuse-records-turned-over-to-victims-in-bankruptcy-court/article_a43dd8ce-4e9a-11eb-bb44-93864abd9851.html

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout New York. The Diocese of Buffalo filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Buffalo may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply. Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Buffalo if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options today.

Federal Court Sets Buffalo Diocese Bankruptcy Filing Date For Abuse Claims

On Friday, September 11, Judge Carl L. Bucki of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of New York signed an Order granting survivors of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo until August 14, 2021, to file claims for compensation.

The August 14 date coincides with the expiration of the extended window created by the Child Victims Act, legislation that created a window of time for all survivors of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits against those responsible – including employers like the Diocese of Buffalo – no matter when the abuse occurred.  Previously, the overwhelming majority of claims had been barred by New York’s archaic statute of limitations.

Judge Bucki reasoned that the extended time period, which is slightly longer than in a traditional corporate bankruptcy, will allow the Diocese and its insurers to evaluate the entire picture of potential liability, and takes into account that it often takes survivors of childhood sexual abuse a long time to come forward.  Many do not come forward until the last minute, if at all, given the life-long effects of the trauma.

The Diocese has already sued eight of its insurance carriers in bankruptcy court to force a decision on whether they will provide coverage of claims.

Based upon our extended experience in these matters, we believe that the scale of sexual abuse and coverup in the Diocese of Buffalo rivals the scandals in much larger dioceses, like the Boston Archdiocese and Los Angeles Archdiocese, which serve exponentially more Catholics.  However, decisions by the Diocese of Buffalo’s leaders led to a much higher percentage of its parishioners being exposed to sexual predators.  Through our own investigation, we have identified at least 143 clergy who have been publicly accused of sexually abusing children in the Buffalo Diocese, an absolutely staggering number given the Catholic population of the area.

The August 14, 2021, date is referred to as a “bar date” by the Bankruptcy Court because the Diocese will be immune from suit in any claim not filed by that date.  Survivors will never again have any chance for accountability after August 14, so it is critically important that you contact a lawyer today if you were harmed by an employee or volunteer in the Diocese of Buffalo, including laypeople and teachers.  This also applies anyone sexually abused as an adult and the estates of deceased victims.

Our attorneys have decades of experience representing victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.  Contact us confidentially now.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo in New York.  The Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Buffalo Diocese.  Very strict filing deadlines have been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.    Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.