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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. John Farrand (Jesuit priest) – Diocese of Rochester

Father John Farrand (Jesuit priest)
Diocese of Rochester

John Farrand Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown
Died: 2003

Assigned as follows:

  • 1946-1949: Canisius High School, Buffalo, NY
  • 1955-1957: McQuaid Jesuit, Rochester, NY
  • 1957-1961: Regis High School, New York, NY
  • 1961-1972: Brooklyn Prep, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1972-1974: Ecole de Provence, Marseilles, France
  • 1974-1976: Colegio San Ignacio Rio, Piedras, PR
  • 1976-1997: Loyola School, New York, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Farrand:

Father John Farrand, a member of the Jesuit order, allegedly abused a minor in 1961, around the time a report was made to the Jesuit provincial.   While the nature and details of the abuse were not publicly released, the Order says notes in his personnel file indicate that Farrand admitted to the abuse.

As a result of his admission, Farrand was transferred to nearby Brooklyn Prep, where he continued to have access to minors. After that, he went on to teach at a school in France, a school in Puerto Rico, and then returned to New York and taught at Loyola School from 1976 until 1997.

Farrand died in 2003, apparently as a priest in good standing.

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.