Tag: Diocese of Rochester

Mr. Ted Russell – Diocese of Rochester

Mr. Ted Russell

Diocese of Rochester / Lay Teacher

Assignment History:

  • 1970 – 1995: St. Michael School and Church (Penn Yan, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Ted Russell:

Mr. Ted Russell was a lay teacher at St. Michael’s Church and School for 25 years. According to a letter sent to parents and church members in 2003 from the Diocese of Rochester, Russell left St. Michael’s in 1995 after he was accused of sexual abuse.  As a result of the allegation, Russell’s teaching license was revoked by the State of New York.

The letter says that Russell, who has since died, was accused again in 2003 of abusing a second former student.  According to media reports, the second allegation involved a junior-high age student at St. Michael’s who says Russell abused him in the late 1980s.

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.

 

Fr. James Wolfe – Diocese of Rochester

Father James Wolfe

Diocese of Rochester

James Wolfe Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1955

Retired: 1996

Died: 2002 

Assignment History:

  • St. Rita (Webster, NY)
  • Holy Spirit (Rochester, NY)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes (Brighton, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father James Wolfe:

Father James Wolfe served the Diocese of Rochester through his ministry at a number of parishes in Rochester, Corning, Canandaigua, Nunda, Greece, Pittsford, Avon, and Webster. In 2020, Fr. Wolfe was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy while serving at Our Lady of Lourdes in Brighton, NY, in 1963. Fr. Wolfe retired in 1996. He died in 2002 at the age of 72.

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.   

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

Fr. Norbert Nolan – Diocese of Rochester

Father Norbert Nolan

Diocese of Rochester

Norbert Nolan Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1951

Retired: 1992

Died: 2007

Assignment History:

  • 1951-1953: Holy Cross Parish (Rochester, NY)
  • 1953-1959: St. Ignatius Parish (Hornell, NY)
  • 1959-1963: Church of the Assumption (Fairport, NY)
  • 1963-1967: St. Mary Parish (Dansville, NY)
  • 1967-1971: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (Brighton, NY)
  • 1971-1982: St. Theresa Parish (Stanley, NY)
  • 1982- 1992: St. Patrick Parish (Mount Morris, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Norbert Nolan:

In 2020, Fr. Norbert Nolan was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy while serving at St. Mary Church in Rushville, NY, in the late 60s or early 1970s. The suit states that the child’s mother complained to Bishop Joseph Hogan about Nolan, but nothing was done. He remained in the ministry until his removal from St. Patrick’s in Mount Morris 1991 for reasons the diocese never spelled out. Fr. Nolan retired in 1992. He died in 2007at the age of 81.

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.   

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

Fr. Mark Miller – Diocese of Rochester

Father Mark Miller

Diocese of Rochester

Mark Miller Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1969

Assignment History:

  • St. Helen’s (Gates, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Mark Miller:

In 2020, Fr. Mark A. Miller was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing an 11-year-old child while serving at St. Helen’s church in Gates, NY, in 1976.

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.   

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

Fr. David Heinsler – Diocese of Rochester

Father David Heinsler

Diocese of Rochester

David Heinsler Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1967

Assignment History:

  • Bridget’s (Rochester, NY)
  • Holy Redeemer Church (Rochester, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father David Heinsler:

In 2020, Fr. David Heinsler was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing an 8-year-old child while serving at St. Bridget’s in Rochester, NY, between 1967 and 1968.   No other details have been released.

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.   

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

Fr. Richard Hart – Diocese of Rochester

Father Richard Hart

Diocese of Rochester

Richard Hart Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1955

Died: 1994

Assignment History:

  • Guardian Angels (Rochester, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Richard Hart:

In 2020, Fr. Richard Hart was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing a 12-year-old child while serving at Guardian Angels School in Henrietta, NY, beginning in 1977. Fr. Hart died in 1994 at the age of 64.

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.   

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

Msgr. George Eckl – Diocese of Rochester

Monsignor George Eckl

Diocese of Rochester

George Eckl Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1901

Died: 1977

Assignment History:

  • 1902-1907: Immaculate Conception (Rochester, NY)
  • 1907-1914: St. John’s (Greece, NY)
  • 1914-1964: St. Andrew’s Church (Rochester, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Monsignor George Eckl:

Monsignor George Eckl celebrated his Golden Anniversary while serving 50 years at St. Andrew’s in Rochester, NY. In 2020, Msgr. Eckl was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing a 12-year-old child while serving at his longtime church, beginning in 1951. Fr. Eckl died in 1977 at the age of 99.

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.   

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

Fr. Emmett Davis – Diocese of Rochester

Father Emmett Davis

Diocese of Rochester

Emmett Davis Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1936

Died: 1985

Assignment History:

  • Margaret Mary Church (Irondequoit, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Emmett Davis:

In 2020, Fr. Emmett Davis was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing an 8-year-old child while serving at St. Margaret Mary Church in Irondequoit between 1939 and 1940. Fr. Davis died in 1985.

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.   

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

Fr. Joseph D’Aurizio – Diocese of Rochester

Father Joseph D’Aurizio

Diocese of Rochester

Joseph D'Aurizio Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1956

Died: 2009

Assignment History:

  • Leo Church (Hilton, NY)
  • 1977-2000: St. John the Evangelist (Greece, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Joseph D’Aurizio:

Father Joseph D’Aurizio was a longtime pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Greece, NY. In 2020, D’Aurizio was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing a five-year-old child while serving at the parish from 1982 and 1984. Fr. D’Aurizio died in 2009 at the age of 79.

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.   

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

Feinberg Dolan sexual abuse

Clergy Abuse Survivors’ Worst Fears About Compensation Funds May Be Warranted

In recent years, most New York bishops have set up allegedly “independent” payout programs for victims of clergy abuse. The stated intent of the programs was to obtain “reconciliation” and “healing.” The Catholic Dioceses in New York denied accusations that their real goal was to prevent legislation reforming the statute of limitations and litigation that would reveal duplicity by the Catholic hierarchy.

From the start, we at Horowitz Law, along with many victims and advocates, were cautions if not outright skeptical. We feared that these programs had a different purpose: to stop the civil windows lawmakers were pushing that give suffering victims more chance to expose corrupt clergy in court.

“Bishops want to persuade legislators ‘back off, we’re handling this crisis ourselves’,” we said. “There’s no need for legal reforms by outsiders.”

Now, compelling evidence shows we were rightfully skeptical.

According to a leaked transcript obtained by ABC News, the most powerful and prominent US Catholic cleric — New York Cardinal Tim Dolan — believes “negotiated settlements could help counter arguments in favor of the (civil), bolstering the position of the church’s lobbyists that legislation is unnecessary because the reckoning and restitution is already underway.”

https://abcnews.go.com/US/exclusive-leaked-transcript-shows-ny-churchs-attempt-block/story?id=75229253

Consider these comments from the tape:

–“I think the Cardinal feels that it is providing his lawyers in Albany with additional persuasive powers not to reopen the statute – “We are already doing this, why bother? Don’t reopen the statute. We are taking care of our own problem.’ I think that is guiding Cardinal Dolan as well.”

–“We want to be able to show” legislators that victims “are accepting this money. You don’t need to change the statute.”

–The “movement afoot in Albany” was a key reason why Dolan “decided to create a program.”

Who made these troubling admissions?  Ken Feinberg, the allegedly independent arbiter who Dolan picked to run his archdiocesan pay out program.

Feinberg has been hired across the country by Catholic enitities to set up similar programs. Through this call, and likely others, Feinberg apparently successfully convinced the bishops of Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo to follow  Dolan’s lead and establish similar church-controlled (but Feinberg administered) funds.

The transcript also reveals a second goal that Dolan and Feinberg also kept under wraps: saving dioceses money.

In perhaps the most telling comment on the tape, Feinberg says “the fear that if the statute is reopened” settlements will ultimately be much higher. (That’s because in civil lawsuits, victims get ‘discovery’ – church records and witness testimony that typically show how church staff were complicit in a predator’s horrific crimes. That in turn leads to bigger jury awards.)

Feinberg goes on to say “Clearly, the dioceses want (to pay as many victims) $25,000, $50,000 or $100,000, rather than a $1,000,000 or $2,000,000.”

“Right now,” he brags, “we have not paid any claim, however horrific, at more than $500,000.”

Feinberg admits: “The whole point is to get the release, so we offer $10,000. In Buffalo, maybe $5,000.”

ABC notes “Feinberg also appears to have been well aware that alleged victims would feel pressure to accept offers because, prior to the enactment of the Child Victims Act, they had no other legal options.”

“If you don’t take what we are offering, you don’t have to, but what is the alternative?” Feinberg added. “Maybe Albany will change the law, but they haven’t yet.”

This suggests that at a minimum, Feinberg cares more about church officials than wounded victims. At worst, it suggests Feinberg is playing along with Dolan’s deceptions about the intent of the pay out program.

ABC also reports that “When Dolan introduced Feinberg as the administrator of the settlement program, he assured the public that (Feinberg) would have ‘complete autonomy in deciding compensation for victim-survivors.’”

“But throughout the private teleconference, Feinberg displayed a coziness with church leaders, a skepticism toward those coming forward to file claims and, at times, even an apparent distain for some alleged victims.”

On the call, Feinberg’s colleague Camille Biros said, “once we implement the program, it remains an open dialogue with the Diocese (and) are constantly on the phone with church officials.”

ABC reports that these remarks “cast doubt on whether Dolan’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program was truly designed with either independence or reconciliation in mind.”

Adding fuel to the fire, Feinberg promises two benefits of the program. (Spoiler alert: neither are “healing” or “reconciliation.”)

First, it would set up a “a range of possible payouts depending on the severity of the alleged abuse, agreed upon by the program’s administrators AND the dioceses.”

Second, without this program, some of the allegations may resolve on the courthouse steps with a $5,000,000 demand or a $2,000,000 demand,” Feinberg said. In other words, lawsuits will be filed and juries will find punitive damages against church officials who ignored or hid abuse reports.

What a cynical ploy.

Publicly tell parishioners, politicians and the press one thing – this is about healing – and admit privately that it’s really a lobbying and cost-saving tool.

Publicly claim you’re independent. Privately assure potential client that you won’t be.

It’s worth noting that both Dolan and Feinberg have been criticized in this regard as far back as 2016, when the Survivors Network blasted both men:

“Cardinal Tim Dolan’s unilateral, top-down victim pay-off program has barely begun. Yet the man Dolan picked to head it is already insulting and blaming victims. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/17/opinion/victims-of-priests-abuse-face-a-choice.html

Kenneth Feinberg told the New York Times that victims tend to be “procrastinators.” At best, that’s stupid. At worst, it’s hurtful. Both he and Dolan should apologize. And they should drop their insensitive, arbitrary and self-serving deadline which forces still-suffering victims to move quickly to deal with decades of pain or else be left out in the cold again.

If kids are to be safer, adults must make it easier, not harder, for victims to report sexual violence. Dolan’s selfish deadline and Feinberg’s callous comments are making it harder.

If victims are to be healed, adults must welcome their disclosures and respond to their suffering whenever victims are strong enough to step forward. Dolan and Feinberg must put the needs of deeply wounded victims ahead of their own convenience.”

Six months later, SNAP asked to sit down with Dolan and Feinberg in an effort to cooperate (apparently with no success):

“Without clear guidelines, survivor input, accountability from the diocese, and the release of evidence, many survivors fear that payouts administered by your office will be little more than ‘hush money.’”

https://www.snapnetwork.org/ny_victims_to_dolan_s_fund_manager_let_us_work_with_you

And many wonder why many abuse victims distrust the church and these programs!