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Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard

Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard Makes Excuses For Church

In a fairly unusual move, Diocese of Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard has taken to the news media recently to try and rehab his image.

His latest missive comes in an op ed for the Albany Times Union. Before looking in detail at some of his claims, let’s note a glaring omission by the now-retired prelate.

He devotes more than 900 words to defending how he and his colleagues handled child sex crimes. But he doesn’t once mention that he himself is accused, in civil lawsuits, of molesting at least five kids.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/assign/Hubbard_Howard_J.htm

Now when someone won’t admit that he’s an accused sex offender, it’s kinda hard to believe him when he says he didn’t protect other sex offenders.

So let’s dive into the claims made by Diocese of Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard.

In the 1970s and 1980s, when an allegation of sexual misconduct against a priest was received, the common practice in the Albany Diocese and elsewhere was to remove the priest from ministry and send him for counseling and treatment.

—- ‘Common’ doesn’t make it right. “Everybody else does it” is an excuse that doesn’t work for kids and teens, much less for well-educated, powerful, allegedly holy and celibate “men of God” who have many advisors and lawyers and could easily, if they so choose, have gotten and followed excellent advice on dealing with predators.

Only when a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist determined the priest was capable of returning to ministry without reoffending did we consider placing him back in ministry.

While most priests who were so treated did not reoffend, it did not always work.

—- If you want to make this claim, then show us some stats. I can say “Most of the time, I meet deadlines.” But if history, psychology and common sense suggest that’s not true, then I’d better provide hard data proving my claim.

Our failure to notify the parish and the public when a priest was removed or restored was a mistake.

—- No, it wasn’t. It was a deliberate strategy, day in and day out, over decades. It was a series of self-serving steps to safeguard the diocese’s staff, resources and reputations.

Far better is the policy the Albany Diocese adopted of notifying law enforcement authorities upon receipt of an allegation, with full disclosure to the parish community and the public.

—- Here again, Hubbard – an accused child molester – is asking us to take his claims at face value. The diocese now SAYS it tells police and parishioners and the public about abuse reports, but how do we know this is true or happens in every case?

Most of the allegations received in the 1970s and ’80s involved misconduct that was well beyond criminal and civil statutes of limitations.

—- Sorry, Bishop Hubbard, that wasn’t and isn’t your call. I can’t wreck your car, have it towed away and scrapped, claiming “I knew it couldn’t be fixed, so I handled it myself.” US Catholic bishops may know tons about church teachings and practice and theology and history. They are not, however, experts in the law. They are not qualified to determine which abuse reports are ‘actionable’ and which aren’t.

The diocese, however, did not take the initiative to report the allegations to criminal authorities partially because, in a majority of the cases, the victims themselves did not want to make the matter public and many times sought confidentiality through their attorneys.

—-Nice try, but this is disingenuous. Many victim say “I don’t want my name in the newspaper.” Few if any victim ever says “Please bishop, keep quiet about my abuser and do nothing so other he can keep assaulting children.” There are today, and were years ago, ways to protect kids and help victims and call police without compromising the privacy of crime victims.

Further, in several of the incidents, the matter was brought to the diocese’s attention by criminal or civil authorities themselves. There was a sense in those days that these crimes should be handled with a minimum of publicity that might re-victimize a minor.

—- Recall that just a a few sentences back Hubbard claimed most cases were beyond the statute of limitations, which means the victim reported when he or she was an adult. Here, he suddenly reverses himself, and implies that in many cases, a report was made when the victim was still a child. And note the passive voice: “There was a sense. . . “ Whose sense, Bishop? Yours of course.

In 2004, we established an independent mediation program, developed and overseen by retired Court of Appeals Judge Howard Levine, to compensate victims of clergy sex abuse, long before any other diocese in the state and few in the country had done so.

—- And in so doing, prevented many survivors from getting what they really deserved and wanted: their day in court. The obvious, better course of action: join survivors in working to reform archaic state laws that prevented victims from exposing predators and safeguarding kids. But, no, you chose payouts over prevention.

Where we fell short was in our failure to fully understand the impacts on victims and survivors.

—- No, Bishop, where you “fell short” (and it wasn’t a mistaken ‘fall’ – it was a intentional set of selfish decisions) was in your commitment to putting your own needs and the needs of your institution ahead of the needs of victims, families and parishioners. You correctly understood that Catholic moms and dads, and donors and police and prosecutors and judges and juries and lawmakers would all be outraged to learn that child molesting clerics were being shielded and shuffled quietly to other unsuspecting communities where they often molested again.

While we never condoned, ignored or took lightly sexual abuse of minors, we did not respond as quickly, as knowledgeably and as compassionately as we should have. . .

—- Nor as honestly or responsibly, and the result is as clear as it is damning – more innocent kids were hurt, more families were destroyed, more parishioners were betrayed and deceived.

Pray all you want Bishop. But if you want anyone to believe that your “most fervent prayer is that victim/survivors and their families will find healing, reconciliation and peace in God’s love,” show it with your deeds and stop ducking and dodging and making excuses that only rub more salt into the already-deep and still-fresh wounds of thousands.

Fr. Jeffrey L’Arche – Diocese of Albany

Father Jeffrey L’Arche 

Diocese of Albany

Jeffrey L’Arche Horowitz LawOrdained: 1975

Administrative leave:  2021

Assignment History:

  • Our Lady of LaSalette Shrine (Altamont, NY)
  • St. Mary’s Church (Amsterdam, NY)
  • St. Stephen’s Church (Hagaman, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Jeffrey L’Arche:

Fr. Jeffrey L’Arche was ordained for the Missionaries of LaSalette in 1975. In June 2021, L’Arche was placed on administrative leave after the Diocese of Springfield’s Misconduct Commission found a single allegation of sexual abuse of a minor was deemed credible. The alleged abuse occurred sometime between 1976 and 1981.

L’Arche’s status as a priest is currently barred from officiating at sacraments, wearing clerical garb, or presenting himself as a priest.

According to media reports, a subsequent investigation initiated by the LaSalette congregation and conducted by Praesidium Inc. found the allegation to be “highly questionable” and, therefore, not credible. As a result, Father L’Arche, who maintains his innocence, has an asterisk placed next to his name on the Springfield list, indicating the conflicting findings. His name, with an identical asterisk and note, has been added to the Diocese of Albany’s List of Offenders.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Albany. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Albany, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Albany now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. 

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

We’re Confused About This Diocese of Albany Clergy Predator

Can you help us figure something out? Despite decades of experience with child sex abuse cases, we at Horowitz Law are confused about a priest just “outed” as an abuser by his church supervisors.

Last week, the Albany diocese announced that it’s adding Fr. Lawrence G. McTavey to its list of credibly accused child molesting clerics.

https://cbs6albany.com/news/local/albany-diocese-adds-deceased-priest-to-list-of-accused-sex-abusers

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/diocesan_lists/Albany/2019_12_04_Albany_Credibly_Accused.pdf

So far, a pretty typical-sounding pedophile priest case, right? Yes.

Pretty straightforward, right? No.

Two quick facts you should know, according to WRGB TV: “The diocesan review board hired an investigator to look into a long history of allegations against Fr. McTavey” against whom “multiple abuse claims were filed between 2002 and 2019.”

Now, here where it gets confusing and here are a few of our questions:

Why did Albany Catholic officials apparently publicly disclose nothing about Fr. McTave

–when he was apparently first accused of abuse in 2002 (when all US bishops agreed, in writing, to be ‘open and transparent’ about predators)

–when the diocese first posed a ‘credibly accused’ list in 2015 and

–when the diocese updated that list in 2018 and

–updated it again in 2019 and

–when Fr. McTavey died almost a year ago.

Why did Albany church officials – including Bishop Howard Hubbard and Bishop Edward Scharfenberger – wait nearly two decades before taking action against this priest?

And this of course leads to perhaps the most disturbing question of all: If the Albany diocese hides allegations against this one priest for almost 20 years – AFTER the US bishops’ abuse policy (a.k.a. “the Dallas Charter”) pledging reform – how many other predators is it STILL hiding?

It should surprise no one that abuse continues to be mishandled in Albany. Bishop Hubbard faces several civil cases charging that he molested kids. And his replacement, Bishop Scharfenberger has been repeatedly blasted for shortcomings in abuse and cover up cases by SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and other groups and individuals.

But since Albany’s bishops, priests and lay chancery staff have been so irresponsible and secretive about Fr. McTavey, we at Horowitz Law decided to disclose more information about this predator that church officials have NOT disclosed. Fr. McTavey

—was a native of Troy NY,

—attended schools and seminaries in Rochester, Loundonville and Niagara.

—worked at churches in Stillwater, Cohoes, Crescent, Waterford, Troy and Albany,

—traveled to New York City whenever possible,

—headed the diocesan school board,

—spent considerable time in abroad (“took a sabbatical to study in Rome, took an extended trip to Ireland and travelled extensively throughout Europe.”)

Why is this relevant? Because it clearly shows that for decades and decades, Fr. McTavey had tremendous access to kids. (He also had family in Glenville, Clifton Park, and Greenbush, all in New York.)

And because this kind of biographical detail is what a responsible employer would reveal about a child molester, if that employer genuinely wanted to bring about healing, by prodding and clarifying the memories of others who were around the predator. (“See, honey, that Fr. McTavey DID work in both Cohoes and Waterford. So he IS the guy who took our son Bob camping years ago. Let’s call Bob and see if anything bad happened.”)

https://gordoncemerickfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/964/Rev-Lawrence-McTavey/obituary.html

In all fairness, while we specifically mentioned two Albany bishops in this post, they aren’t the only ones who’ve been less than forthcoming in this case.

For starters, there are two ‘vicars general’ in the diocese. These are high ranking positions whose occupants often have access to valuable private church information (like who’s admitted or been accused of abuse). They are Fr. David LeFort (David.LeFort@rcda.org) and Fr. Bob Longobucco (Robert.Longobucco@rcda.org).

These two may have known about McTavey. And if they didn’t, they should be in the bishop’s face, confronting him about his continued secrecy.

Then there are the offices of “Safe Environment” and “Protecting Children:” Joyce Tarantino (joyce.tarantino@rcda.org, 518-453-6635) Brian Evers (brian.evers@rcda.org, 518-453-6635) and Anna Bagley (safeenv@rcda.org), Frederick Jones (assistance.coordinator@rcda.org, 518-453-6646).

Then there’s the diocesan review board, which looks at abuse cases: Jon Allen, Fr. David V. Berberian, Joseph Bernier, Jaclyn A. Brilling, Kathryn M. Martin, Sister Serena A. Thompson and Lawrence Wiest.

Some of the blame surely also rests with the diocese’s Communications Department: Mary Deturris Poust (mary.deturrispoust@rcda.org, 518 453-6618, @MaryDTP), Jason Husch (jason.husch@rcda.org), Molly Halpin (Molly.Halpin@rcda.org) and their predecessors.

Presumably, they work in education because they care about kids. So they’re particularly obligated to make sure the boss isn’t concealing information that might endanger kids.

Let’s go back to the simplest question: “Why do all these Albany church officials say nothing about abuse reports against Fr. McTavey for almost 20 years?”

And let’s end with the most upsetting: “What else are all they hiding?”

Fr. Lawrence McTavey – Diocese of Albany

Father Lawrence McTavey

Diocese of Albany

Lawrence G. McTavey Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1955

Died: 2019

Assignment History:

  • 1955-1959: St. Peter the Apostle (Stillwater, NY)
  • 1959-1963: Sacred Heart (Troy, NY)
  • 1963-1975: Cardinal McCloskey Memorial High School (Albany, NY)
  • 1976-1980: Blessed Sacrament (Albany, NY)
  • 1980-1987: Catholic Central High School (Albany, NY)
  • 1987-2007: St. Bernard (Cohoes, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Lawrence McTavey:

In November of 2020, Fr. Lawrence McTavey was added to the Diocese of Albany’s list of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The decision comes after the Albany Diocesan Review Board hired an investigator to examine the allegations against McTavey that were made in 2018. They concluded that there was “reasonable cause” to believe that the allegations were credible.

At the time of his death in 2019, McTavey was on administrative leave due to allegations that were reported in 2018. During his 52-year career with the diocese, McTavey had four allegations of sexually abusing children that were reported in 2002, 2005, and twice in 2019.

According to the Diocese of Albany, all four complaints detailed sexual abuse between 1964 and 1974 when McTavey worked at Cardinal McCloskey Memorial High School. One of the victims also alleged abuse at St. Bernard’s parish rectory in Cohoes. McTavey worked at the high school from 1958 until 1972, first as vice principal and guidance counselor and later as principal.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Albany. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Albany, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Albany now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Cabell B. Marbury – Diocese of Albany

Father Cabell B. Marbury

Diocese of Albany

Cabell B. Marbury Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1964

Died: 2014 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1964-2009: Bishop Maginn High School (formerly Cardinal McCloskey Memorial High) (Albany, NY)
  • Sacred Heart (Castleton, NY)
  • Blessed Sacrament (Hague, NY)
  • 1964-1967: St. Pius X (Loudonville, NY)
  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Albany, NY)
  • St. James Parish (now St. Francis of Assisi) (Albany, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Cabell B Marbury:

Fr. Cabell B Marbury spent most of his 50-year career as an educator at Bishop Maginn High School in Albany, New York. He served as assistant pastor at three area parishes in the 1960s in the Diocese of Albany. He also taught theology, was bandleader, theater director, guidance counselor and director of guidance, and vice-principal. He stayed at the school as a volunteer chaplain and member of the school board after his 2009 retirement. He died in 2014.

According to media reports, Marbury was investigated for sexual abuse of minors at least three times from 1993 to 2015. The original allegation in 1993, resulted in an “agreement for counseling assistance,” the diocese said. A Diocesan Review Board investigation of an abuse allegation made against him in 2003 found “no reasonable ground” to substantiate the claim. Furthermore, the board had “insufficient information to make a decision” in a 2015 case.

In August 2020, he was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing a 9-year old boy, from 1974 to 1976, while visiting St. James parish. The abuse allegedly occurred in the sacristy, rectory, and music practice room. 

In October 2020, Marbury’s name appeared on the Diocese of Albany’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Mr. Michael Scaringe – Diocese of Albany

 Mr. Michael Scaringe

Diocese of Albany

Michael Scaringe Horowitz Law

 

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Helen (Schenectady, NY)
  • St. Paul the Apostle (Schenectady, NY)
  • Bay Point Middle School (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Saranac Lake Youth Center (Adirondacks, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Michael Scaringe:

In July of 2020, several lawsuits were filed under the Child Victims Act in State Supreme Court in Albany. Two complaints named Michael Scaringe, a registered sex offender from Cohoes. The claims included alleged sexual abuse that occurred in the 1970s at St. Helen and St. Paul the Apostle in Schenectady, NY. Scaringe was a music teacher at both schools and went by the name Michael Josephson.

In 1996, Scaringe was acquitted of sexually abusing a child at Bay Point Middle School in St. Petersburg, FL.

The original complaint against Scaringe was made in 2012, and he was eventually convicted of sexually abusing a child at the Saranac Lake Youth Center in the Adirondacks, where he was the director at the time. At his criminal trial, several survivors testified that Scaringe had sexually abused them as minors when he was a music teacher in the Tupper Lakes School District.

According to media reports, Scaringe was convicted of second-degree rape, second-degree sexual abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child following a six-day jury trial in June. He was sentenced to a 7-year sentence and will be released on June 12th, 2019.

He is a registered sex offender and currently resides in Cohoes, NY.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Sr. Barbara Wood – Diocese of Albany

Sister Barbara Wood

Diocese of Albany/Sisters of MercyBarbara Wood Horowitz Law

Assignment History:

  • 1974-1978: St. Patrick (Watervliet, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Sister Barbara Wood:

Sr. Barbara Wood of the Sisters of Mercy Order was named in a civil lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Albany in June 2020 along with other clerics accused of sex abuse. Wood was accused of sexually abusing a minor from 1974 to 1978 while serving at St. Patrick in Watervliet, New York. No further information on the allegation regarding the victim’s age/gender was given nor the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was given.

Wood’s current whereabouts and whether she has access to children are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Albany. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Albany, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Albany now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. 

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Bernard Turner – Diocese of Albany

Father Bernard Turner

Diocese of AlbanyBernard Turner Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1977

Assignment History:

  • 1981-1986: St. Patrick (Ravena, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Bernard Turner:

Fr. Bernard Turner was newly identified in a child sexual abuse civil lawsuit filed against the Albany Catholic Diocese under the state’s Child Victims Act. Turner was accused of sexually abusing a minor from 1981 to 1982 while serving at St. Patrick in Ravena, NY. No further information on the allegation regarding the age/gender of the victim was given.

Turner was also involved in another claim back in 2007. A trial ended in a mistrial after the judge ruled that a church lawyer had violated a pre-trial order prohibiting questions about an alleged homosexual relationship between Turner and another priest.

There is no other information listed as to Turner’s current assignments or whereabouts.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Albany. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Albany, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Albany now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. 

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Robert Taylor – Diocese of Albany

Father Robert Taylor

Diocese of AlbanyRobert Taylor Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1967

Died: 1993

Assignment History:

  • 1979-1992: St. Margaret Mary (Albany, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Robert Taylor:

Fr. Robert Taylor was named in a civil lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Albany in June of 2020 along with other clerics. He was accused of sexually abusing a minor in 1981 while serving at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Albany, NY. No further information on the allegation regarding the age/gender of the victim nor the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was given.

Taylor was still an active priest at St. Margaret Mary in Albany, New York when he died in 1993.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Albany. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Albany, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Albany now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. 

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Anthony Sidoti – Diocese of Albany

Father Anthony Sidoti

Diocese of AlbanyAnthony Sidoti Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1940

Retired: 1990

Died:  2004

Assignment History:

  • 1940-1942: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (Gloversville, NY)
  • 1942-1946: Army Chaplain
  • 1946-1948: NY Army National Guard Chaplain
  • 1948-1970: St. Anthony’s (Albany, NY)
  • 1970-1990: St. James (Albany, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Anthony Sidoti:

A decorated veteran and Army chaplain, Fr. Anthony Sidoti, was named in a civil lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Albany in June 2020. Sidoti was accused of sexually abusing a minor from 1970 to 1971 while serving at St. Anthony’s in Albany, NY. No information on the allegation regarding the age/gender of the victim was given.

Fr. Sidoti retired in 1990, after serving 50 years in the priesthood. He died in 2004 at the age of 89, 16 years before allegations surfaced.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Albany. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Albany, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Albany now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. 

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.