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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

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Fr. Daniel Casey – Diocese of Syracuse

Father Daniel W. Casey

Diocese of Syracuse

Ordained: 1975

Removed: 1992

Died: 2000

Assigned As follows:

  • 1973 – 1974        St. Mary (Auburn, NY)
  • 1975                     St. John (Liverpool, NY)
  • 1976 – 1981        Blessed Sacrament (Johnson City, NY)
  • 1982 – 1986        St. Mary (Cortland, NY)
  • 1987 – 1989        St. Paul (Oswego, NY)
  • 1990 – 1991        St. John (Utica, NY)
  • 1992                     St. Monica (Rochester, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Daniel Casey:

According to media reports, in October 1992, two families filed lawsuits against the Diocese of Syracuse alleging that Father Daniel Casey abused three boys in the late 1980s. 

Casey was director of religious education at St. Paul’s Elementary School and associate pastor at St. Paul’s Church in Oswego at the time of the alleged abuse. The victims were boys between the ages of 10 and 12 years old. Casey denied all the accusations, but soon after, Casey was sent to a Maryland treatment center for dysfunctional priests. 

According to the court documents, Casey was accused of “speaking words of sexual endearment” to the boys, touching and kissing them, disrobing them, and making the boys remove their clothes in a shower room area while on a recreational outing to a local college. One mother claimed Father Casey went further than that with her son, who she said had attempted suicide and been treated for alcohol and drug abuse as a result of being molested. 

As an adult, years later the victim said, “Father Casey would take me in various places over 100 times. He would take advantage of me, and take advantage of our situation alone together. Sometimes, in front of people. He violated me in ways that no child should ever be violated. It’s hard to talk about. It really is.”

Father Casey was also sued in Georgia in 1996. The two aforementioned families settled for nearly half a million dollars in 1998. 

In February 2018, Father Casey was publicly accused of sexual abuse of another 5th-6th grade boy at St. Paul’s in Oswego in the 1980s. His name appears on the Diocese of Syracuse’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors, published in December 2018. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Syracuse in New York.  The Diocese of Syracuse filed for federal bankruptcy protection in June 2020.  Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Syracuse 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 Syracuse will never be able to take any legal action if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

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