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Buffalo Bishop Michael Fisher

Buffalo Bishop Lists Some Bad Jesuits But Ignores Others

A few weeks ago, on this blog, we were highly critical of the Diocese of Buffalo Catholic officials and how they’re handling abuse cases.

So let’s be charitable now and start on a high note: To its credit, unlike some other dioceses, the Buffalo Catholic diocese includes religious order offenders on its ‘credibly accused’ list.
https://buffalodiocese.org/abuse-response/

(Some church ‘accused’ lists include only diocesan clerics.)

https://buffalodiocese.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Diocesan_Substantiate_11-5-19.pdf

This is important for many reasons, one of which is simple: many times, religious order priests, brothers, monks and seminarians have even greater access to kids than diocesan clerics, because they often work in schools or a vulnerable population.

For example, Buffalo church officials include the following Jesuit clerics on their ‘credibly accused’ list, all of whom worked at Canisius High School, college or both:

Fr. Peter Conroy

Fr. Raymond Fullam

Fr. Vincent Mooney

Fr. James Gould (who also worked at St. Ann’s parish in Buffalo)

Fr. Cornelius Carr (who also worked at St. Michael’s parish in Buffalo).

Sadly, however, that’s where the good news about the Buffalo diocese ends.

While Bishop Michael Fisher includes SOME predatory Jesuits on his list, he ignores others, even thought they too have been found to be ‘credibly accused’ by their own Jesuit supervisors.

Here are a few of them (who also were at Canisius high school or college):

Fr. Thomas F. Denny, who worked in Brooklyn, Staten Island and New York City, largely in schools (Fordham Prep in the Bronx, McQuaid Jesuit in Rochester and St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City). Twice, he spent time overseas (Nigeria and Puerto Rico).

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2021/01_02/2021_01_18_Erica_Ram_University_Murray-Weigel.htm

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/order_lists/Jesuits_Northeast/2019_01_15_Jesuits_Northeast_Credible_Allegations.pdf#page=4

Fr. John L. Farrand, who admitted molesting while in the Buffalo diocese to his church supervisors. He worked in at least three other New York locations (Rochester, Brooklyn and New York City) and overseas twice (France and Puerto Rico).

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2020/07_08/2020_07_21_Orr_LawsuitsClaim.htm

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/order_lists/Jesuits_Northeast/2019_01_15_Jesuits_Northeast_Credible_Allegations.pdf#page=6

Fr. William J. Scanlon, who was at the college between 1976 and 1980 and reportedly admitted the abuse to church officials.

Fr. Scanlon also worked in Rochester, New York City, Jersey City, the Bronx and in Nigeria. He was also on the Fordham University campus.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2021/01_02/2021_01_18_Erica_Ram_University_Murray-Weigel.htm

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/order_lists/Jesuits_Northeast/2019_01_15_Jesuits_Northeast_Credible_Allegations.pdf#page=13

As you may have noticed, the latter two clerics, Fr. Farrand and Fr. Scanlon, reportedly ADMITTED abusing. And Fr. Farrand’s abuse happened IN THE BUFFALO DIOCESE.

So how on earth do Buffalo church officials explain keeping these men off of their ‘credibly accused’ list?

And speaking of credibly accused religious order abusers, several of them who worked in Buffalo are now elsewhere. They include Thomas Marshall, James Burson, Michael Kolodziej, Linus Kopczewski, Rene Maynard, Bernard Splawski and James Smyka, all of whom are all reportedly “living outside Buffalo Diocese.”

https://buffalodiocese.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Order-Priests.pdf

But that should be little consolation or reassurance to Buffalo area Catholics or citizens. Moving child molesters somewhere else doesn’t ‘cure’ them.

Buffalo Catholic officials would have to admit that, knowingly or unknowingly, they or their predecessors have in disputably let dangerous and potentially dangerous clerics be around and sometimes hurt innocent Buffalo area kids.

So given that fact, shouldn’t these same Buffalo Catholic officials NOW desperately want to ‘make up for’ their wrongdoing or mistakes? Shouldn’t they be anxious to prevent future harm to kids by stopping those very same dangerous or potentially dangerous priests from being around and hurting innocent kids in Massachusetts or Ohio or Texas?

Or if Buffalo church staffers can’t prevent these quiet transfers, shouldn’t they want to at least shout from the rooftops “Hey, these child molesters were here in our diocese and now they’re in your diocese. Be careful!”

But that’s not happening. Buffalo Bishop Michael Fischer won’t even use his own website to tell the public where Fr. Marshall, Fr. Burson, Fr. Maynard and the others are now living or were living when they were shipped out of Buffalo.

And how about two other ‘credibly accused’ clerics on the Buffalo diocesan list: Fr. Theodore Podson, who is reportedly “living in the Philippines,” or Fr. Benedict Barszcz, who has reportedly “returned to Poland.”

Both of these are heavily Catholic nations in which clergy sex crimes and cover ups have only begun to surface in recent years and in which, we submit, parents are even more trusting of priests and thus youngsters are even more vulnerable to the predatory ones.

What are Buffalo’s bishop and his staff doing to alert parishioners, police, prosecutors and the public in those countries to the presence of these predators?

Finally, according to BishopAccountability.org, the Buffalo diocese’s 2018 ‘credibly accused’ list “provided no information, besides (the accused) names and death years. Assignment histories were not included; nor were the number or nature of allegations detailed. . .”

There’s just one word for this vagueness: self-serving. This lack of detail helps no one but complicit church officials.

Bishop Matano Rochester's Accused priest list

Diocese of Rochester’s Accused Priest List — More of the Same

On this blog recently, we’ve noted how bishops in several New York and New Jersey dioceses are refusing to truly ‘come clean’ about their child molesting priests, nuns, brothers, bishops, seminarians and deacons. Not surprisingly, the Diocese of Rochester’s Accused Priest List published by Rochester Bishop Salvatore Matano is no different.

For starters, ask yourself this: If I were a bishop, on my website, what headline or title would I put above a list of credibly accused child molesters?”

There are many possibilities, but perhaps the most simple and most clear would be something like “List of credibly accused clergy.”

Matano, however, chooses the phenomenally to title the Diocese of Rochester’s Accused Priest List with the vague description: “Dispositions – 2002 to present.”

What the heck does that mean?

Few people would immediately connect that phrase with clergy sex crimes. That confusion, we suspect, is what Matano wants.

(He’s not alone in wanting few people to actually see his list of child molesting clerics. Many other bishops make it hard to find these lists on their websites, often usually equally vague wording.)

Similarly, Matano consistently uses a hurtful term to depict abuse reports or disclosures. On his website, he repeatedly uses the minimizing and disparaging term “complaints.”

In our view, a “complaint” against a priest might be that his homilies are too long or he shows up at meetings late.

When one reports that he has sexually assaulted them, that ought not to be described as a “complaint.”

(Lest you think maybe we’re being too sensitive about language here, remember that we’re talking about devastating crimes and betrayals, often against naïve, trusting, devout kids. That life-altering harm can’t magically be un-done. But all of us can at least be accurate and careful when we describe such horror, so that we don’t rub more salt into already-deep and often still-fresh wounds.)

Matano’s ‘credibly accused’ list also omits a number of clerics that it shouldn’t omit. Among them:

–Fr. Daniel M. Casey, who’s accused, in pending lawsuits, of abusing six boys in New York and Georgia. When he left the Syracuse diocese, he was then found living at a rectory in the Rochester diocese. 1980s.

At least the Syracuse bishop includes Fr. Casey on his ‘credibly accused’ list.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/diocesan_lists/Syracuse/2018_12_03_Syracuse_List.pdf

–Fr. Otto Vogt, who is accused in a lawsuit of abusing a boy in Honeoye Falls for four years.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2020/03_04/2020_04_16_Orr_HundredsOf.htm

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news555/2017_04_29_Burke_Father_Otto.pdf

Also left off Matano’s ‘credibly accused’ list are these clerics, all of whom spent time at McQuaid Jesuit high school in Rochester (and all of whom were deemed ‘credibly accused’ by the Jesuits):

–Fr. Cornelius Carr

–Fr. Thomas Denny

–Fr. Roy Drake

–Fr. John L. Farrand

–Fr. Leonard Riforgiato

–Fr. William Scanlon

–Fr. Robert Voelkle

When Matano was promoted from Burlington to Rochester, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests pointed out that:

“In 2006, Matano’s diocese was one of just two in America to have been found in violation of the US bishops weak and vague national abuse policy. . .”

His violation wasn’t some minor, administrative slip up. It was “because Matano refused to ensure that adequate abuse prevention training was provided to all his staff, as the policy requires.

Read more about SNAP’s view of Matano here:

https://www.snapnetwork.org/ny_new_catholic_bishop_for_rochester_is_awful

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  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 Rochester Diocese.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Cornelius Carr – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Fr. Cornelius Carr

Archdiocese of New Orleans 

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Ordained: 1951

Removed: 2002

Laicized: 2005

Died: 2013

 

Assigned as follows:

  • Provincial of Jesuits’ New York
  • Canisius High School (Buffalo, NY)
  • Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • McQuaid High School (Rochester, NY)
  • St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, NJ)
  • Cathedral-Basilica (St. Augustine, FL)
  • Christ the King Parish (Arlington, Jacksonville, FL)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Cornelius Carr:

Father Cornelius Carr was ordained a Jesuit priest of the New York Province. Throughout his career, he has held many leadership positions, and was appointed provincial superior in the Buffalo region in 1966. He spent years as the principal of several high schools. 

According to media reports, Father Carr has been accused of multiple child sexual abuse for decades. He consistently denied all allegations against him. In January 1990, shortly after being sent to the Institute of Living for treatment, he was cleared to return to ministry when he denied the accusations during his initial meeting with doctors. A few months later, more accusations were reported and he was sent back to the institute for a more extensive evaluation.

In 1995, Father Carr was accused of sexually abusing two minor boys who were parishioners at Our Lady of Fatima in Wilton, Connecticut in the early 1980s. After a civil suit was filed that March, Bishop Egan suspended him. He was permitted to return to work in a restricted capacity, in 1999, after receiving more treatment.

In March 2001, the Diocese of Bridgeport settled complaints against seven priests that involved 23 plaintiffs, for $12 million to $15 million. Four of the claims were against him. He was removed from ministry in 2002, and Bishop Egan acknowledged that he had mishandled Father Carr’s case.

“Looking back, if I had it to do again, I would not reassign a priest like Father Carr, even with restrictions and even with the best of professional advice,” Bishop Egan said in a statement to The Hartford Courant.

In 2005, diocesan officials said they received two credible allegations of child sexual abuse during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The incidents occurred while Father Carr was serving as a summer priest at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. He was laicized that year. 

By January 2006, Father Carr was was being investigated by his Order for more allegations of child abuse. In 2012, he was accused of walking in on janitor raping a teen boy at Jesuit High in the 1970s. He didn’t stop it, but proceeded to masturbate while the boy was being raped. His accuser received a $450,000 settlement from the church. 

In November 2018, Father Carr’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. One month later in December, citing multiple allegations, his name appeared on the Jesuits Central and Southern Province list of priest with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950.

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. 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. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

Fr. Cornelius Carr (Jesuits) – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Cornelius Carr

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: 1951

Removed: 2002

Laicized: 2005

Died: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • Provincial of Jesuits’ New York
  • Canisius High School (Buffalo, NY)
  • Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • McQuaid High School (Rochester, NY)
  • St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, NJ)
  • Cathedral-Basilica (St. Augustine, FL)
  • Christ the King Parish (Arlington, Jacksonville, FL)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Cornelius Carr:

Father Cornelius Carr was ordained a Jesuit priest of the New York Province and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. Throughout his career, he has held many leadership positions, and was appointed provincial superior in the Buffalo region in 1966. He spent years as the principal of several high schools. 

According to media reports, Father Carr has been accused of multiple child sexual abuse for decades. He consistently denied all allegations against him. In January 1990, shortly after being sent to the Institute of Living for treatment, he was cleared to return to ministry when he denied the accusations during his initial meeting with doctors. A few months later, more accusations were reported and he was sent back to the institute for a more extensive evaluation.

In 1995, Father Carr was accused of sexually abusing two minor boys who were parishioners at Our Lady of Fatima in Wilton, Connecticut in the early 1980s. After a civil suit was filed that March, Bishop Egan suspended him. He was permitted to return to work in a restricted capacity, in 1999, after receiving more treatment.

In March 2001, the Diocese of Bridgeport settled complaints against seven priests that involved 23 plaintiffs, for $12 million to $15 million. Four of the claims were against him. He was removed from ministry in 2002, and Bishop Egan acknowledged that he had mishandled Father Carr’s case.

“Looking back, if I had it to do again, I would not reassign a priest like Father Carr, even with restrictions and even with the best of professional advice,” Bishop Egan said in a statement to The Hartford Courant.

In 2005, diocesan officials said they received two credible allegations of child sexual abuse during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The incidents occurred while Father Carr was serving as a summer priest at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. He was laicized that year. 

By January 2006, Father Carr was was being investigated by his Order for more allegations of child abuse. In 2012, he was accused of walking in on janitor raping a teen boy at Jesuit High in the 1970s. He didn’t stop it, but proceeded to masturbate while the boy was being raped. His accuser received a $450,000 settlement from the church. He died in 2013.

In November 2018, Father Carr’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. One month later in December, citing multiple allegations, his name appeared on the Jesuits Central and Southern Province list of priest with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in the Archdiocese of Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Cornelius Carr (Jesuits) – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Cornelius Carr

Diocese of Buffalo

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Ordained: 1951

Removed: 2002

Laicized: 2005

Died: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • Provincial of Jesuits’ New York
  • Canisius High School (Buffalo, NY)
  • Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • McQuaid High School (Rochester, NY)
  • St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, NJ)
  • Cathedral-Basilica (St. Augustine, FL)
  • Christ the King Parish (Arlington, Jacksonville, FL)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Cornelius Carr:

Father Cornelius Carr was ordained a Jesuit priest of the New York Province. Throughout his career, he has held many leadership positions, and was appointed provincial superior in the Buffalo Diocese in 1966. He spent years as the principal of several high schools. 

According to media reports, Father Carr has been accused of multiple child sexual abuse for decades. He consistently denied all allegations against him. In January 1990, shortly after being sent to the Institute of Living for treatment, he was cleared to return to ministry when he denied the accusations during his initial meeting with doctors. A few months later, more accusations were reported and he was sent back to the institute for a more extensive evaluation.

In 1995, Father Carr was accused of sexually abusing two minor boys who were parishioners at Our Lady of Fatima in Wilton, Connecticut in the early 1980s. After a civil suit was filed that March, Bishop Egan suspended him. He was permitted to return to work in a restricted capacity, in 1999, after receiving more treatment.

In March 2001, the Diocese of Bridgeport settled complaints against seven priests that involved 23 plaintiffs, for $12 million to $15 million. Four of the claims were against him. He was removed from ministry in 2002, and Bishop Egan acknowledged that he had mishandled Father Carr’s case.

“Looking back, if I had it to do again, I would not reassign a priest like Father Carr, even with restrictions and even with the best of professional advice,” Bishop Egan said in a statement to The Hartford Courant.

In 2005, diocesan officials said they received two credible allegations of child sexual abuse during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The incidents occurred while Father Carr was serving as a summer priest at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. He was laicized that year. 

By January 2006, Father Carr was was being investigated by his Order for more allegations of child abuse. In 2012, he was accused of walking in on janitor raping a teen boy at Jesuit High in the 1970s. He didn’t stop it, but proceeded to masturbate while the boy was being raped. His accuser received a $450,000 settlement from the church. 

In November 2018, Father Carr’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. One month later in December, citing multiple allegations, his name appeared on the Jesuits Central and Southern Province list of priest with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950. 

According to media reports, in January 2019, his name was included for the first time on the Jesuits list of high ranking clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse “where there is a reasonable certainty that the accusation is true.”

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.

Fr. Cornelius Carr – Diocese of Albany/Diocese of Rochester

Father Cornelius Carr, s.j.

Diocese of Albany/Diocese of Rochester/JesuitsCornelius Carr Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1951

Died: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • 1945-1947: Loyola High School (New York, NY)
  • 1952-1953: Canisius High School (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1954-1959: St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 1960-1964: McQuaid High School (Rochester, NY)
  • 1968-1972: Colegio San Ignacio (Rio Piedras, PR)
  • 1972-1976: Canisius High School (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1976-1980: Jesuit High (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1980-1983: Xavier High School (New York, NY)
  • 1983-1984: St. Michael (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1984-1993: Canisius High School (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1993-1994: Christ the King Parish (St. Augustine, FL)
  • 1995-1999: Auriesville (Auriesville, NY)
  • 1999-2001: St. Michael (Buffalo, NY)
  • 2001-2005: Christ the King (St. Augustine, FL)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Cornelius Carr:

Fr. Cornelius Carr was ordained a Jesuit priest of the New York Province in 1951. Throughout his career, he has held many leadership positions and was appointed provincial superior in the Buffalo region in 1966. He spent years as the principal of several high schools. 

According to media reports, in August 2012, a man accused Carr of walking in on a janitor sexually assaulting him at Jesuit High School in New Orleans and proceeded to masturbate during the assault. The alleged abuse occurred when the man was a teen in the 1970s.

“When he walked over to me while Pete Modica was sodomizing me and put his hand on my back and started masturbating, telling me to relax, I was just destroyed. I was destroyed,” said the man.

Carr was investigated by the New York Province of the Society of Jesus for allegations of child abuse. The man received a $450,000 settlement from Jesuit High School for the abuse.

Carr spent the end of his life living in Murray-Weigel Hall, the Jesuit nursing home on Fordham University’s Rose Hill campus.

In November 2018, Carr’s name first appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleanslist of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. Carr was categorized as being the subject of “more than one” credible allegation but did not offer further details.

Carr also held assignments in the Diocese of Albany and the Diocese of Rochester in New York State.

Carr died in 2013.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester. The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019. 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 Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now 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.