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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.

Syracuse Bishop Doug Lucia sexual abuse

Syracuse Bishop Doug Lucia, Like Other NY Bishops, Still Hides Predators

Next month marks the one-year anniversary of Syracuse Bishop Doug Lucia filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on behalf of the Diocese of Syracuse..

Days before the move,  at least 38 people filed new sex abuse and cover up lawsuits under the New York Child Victims Act.  Now, roughly a year later, some 400 individuals in the Syracuse area have sought justice by filing claims in the bankruptcy court. We commend them for their courage.

https://www.localsyr.com/news/local-news/almost-400-survivors-of-sexual-abuse-file-claims-in-diocese-of-syracuse-case/

Any way you look at it, that’s a staggering number of child sexual abuse victims. But it’s especially staggering when you consider how little the diocese has disclosed about abuse.

Syracuse Bishop Doug Lucia issued a “credibly accused” list that has many of the same omissions and deceptions found in other bishops’ lists, including

–No work histories of the predators.

–No photos of the predators.

–No nuns, brothers, bishops, seminarians, monks, or deacons or lay employees (like teachers or counselors) are identified as molesters.

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

One can only imagine how many more victims might have come forward over the last 12 months if Lucia and his colleagues actually practiced the ‘transparency’ that they so often claim they show.

On his site, Syracuse Bishop Doug Lucia also uses perhaps the most insulting word to describe abuse reports: ‘claims.’

Not cases. Not reports. Not disclosures. But ‘claims.’

(We’re attorneys. We realize that in bankruptcy, ‘claims’ is the legally appropriate term to use. That doesn’t mean, however, that Lucia has to use it on his website. He could just as easily say ‘abuse reports’ or ‘abuse disclosures.’)

And of course, with minimal effort, we at Horowitz Law have found several ‘credibly accused’ abusive clerics who spent time in the Syracuse diocese but are NOT on Lucia’s list. Three of them belonged to just one religious order, the Jesuits:

–Fr. Peter Conroy, who led retreats in Syracuse

–Fr. Roy Drake, who was at LeMoyne College in Syracuse

–Fr. Raymond Fullam, also led retreats in Syracuse

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/order_lists/Jesuits_Northeast/2019_01_15_Jesuits_Northeast_Credible_Allegations.pdf#page=7

Also omitted:

–Fr. Henry Clark, who is on the Albuquerque diocese ‘credibly accused’ list and worked in both Syracuse and Utica.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/diocesan_lists/Santa_Fe/2019_03_08_Santa_Fe_List_with_Assignments_190308List_updated190308AssignmentsOFFICIAL.pdf#page=3

–Fr. John Lugowski, who spent time behind bars for sodomizing a ten year old New York boy and admitted to sexual contact with five boys.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2007/05_06/2007_05_05_Moyer_SexAbuse.htm

Like most Catholic bishops who exploit Chapter 11 to keep church cover ups covered up, Lucia claims he’s not trying to hide anything.

But if that’s the case, why is he hiding names and information about proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics?

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. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help.

Fr. Raymond Fullam – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Raymond Fullam

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1945

Died: 1987

Assigned as follows:

  • Xavier High School (New York, NY)
  • Canisius High School (Buffalo, NY)
  • St. Peter’s Church (NJ)
  • St. Francis Xavier Church (Buffalo, NY)
  • Manresa Retreat House (Staten Island, NY) 
  • Christ the King (Syracuse, NY) 
  • Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine (Auriesville, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Raymond Fullam:

Father Raymond Fullam was ordained a Jesuit priest. According to media reports, in January 2019, his name appeared on the list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950, released by the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus. Father Fullam died in 1987.

The list notes, in 2009, a Canisius High School alumnus accused Father Fullam of sexual abuse in 1954. After an investigation, the charges were found to be credible. He served at Canisius high from 1953-1958, and from 1972-1976. An additional incident that occurred in 1965, was also found to be credible,” the high school said in a statement.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark 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. Raymond Fullam (Jesuits) – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Raymond Fullam

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1945

Died: 1987

Assigned as follows:

  • Xavier High School (New York, NY)
  • Canisius High School (Buffalo, NY)
  • St. Peter’s Church (NJ)
  • St. Francis Xavier Church (Buffalo, NY)
  • Manresa Retreat House (Staten Island, NY) 
  • Christ the King (Syracuse, NY) 
  • Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine (Auriesville, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Raymond Fullam:

Father Raymond Fullam was ordained a Jesuit priest. According to media reports, in January 2019, his name appeared on the list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950, released by the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus. Father Fullam died in 1987.

The list notes, in 2009, a Canisius High School alumnus accused Father Fullam of sexual abuse in 1954. After an investigation, the charges were found to be credible. He served at Canisius High from 1953-1958, and from 1972-1976. The high school also released a statement about an additional incident that occurred in 1965, was also found to be credible.” 

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.   

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Fr. Raymond Fullam – Diocese of Albany

Father Raymond Fullam

Diocese of Albany 

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Ordained: 1951

Died: 1987 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1946-1948: Xavier High School (New York, NY)
  • 1952: Weston College (Weston, MA)
  • 1953: Tertianship (Auriesville, NY)  
  • 1953-1958: Canisius High School (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1958-1964: Military Chaplain 
  • 1964-1965: St. Peter’s (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 1965-1967: St. Francis Xavier (New York, NY) 
  • 1967-1969: Manresa Retreat House (Staten Island, NY)
  • 1969-1972: Christ the King (Syracuse, NY)
  • 1972-1976: Canisius High School (Buffalo, NY) 
  • 1977-1982: Martyr’s Shrine (Auriesville, NY) 
  • 1983: Jogues Retreat (Cornwall, NY)
  • 1984-1985: Gonzaga-Seven Springs (Monroe, NY) 
  • 1986-1987: Jesuit Provincial’s Office (New York, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Raymond Fullam:

Fr. Raymond Fullam was ordained a priest in 1951. He completed his tertianship within the Diocese of Albany.

According to the Jesuits, in 2009, allegations of sexual abuse arose by a Canisius High School alumnus involving Fullam. The alleged abuse occurred in approximately 1954. There was an additional incident that took place in 1965. The allegations were found “credible after the investigation”.

In January 2019, Fullam was named on the list of “USA Northeast Province Jesuits with Credible Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.” In November 2019, Fullam was also included on the updated Diocese of Buffalo list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

Fullam died in 1987.

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.