Buffalo Diocese Places Retired Priest on Leave After Abuse Allegation| National Catholic Register

After diocesan officials discovered an unreported allegation of abuse, Bishop Michael Fisher of Buffalo has placed on leave an 88-year-old retired priest, Monsignor Leo McCarthy, who denies the accusation. “Bishop Fisher wishes to emphasize that the decision to restrict Msgr. McCarthy’s priestly faculties at this time is in no way intended to indicate his guilt or is it a determination about the truth or falsity of the complaints,” the Diocese of Buffalo said. An alleged victim, in a complaint under the Child Victims Act, claimed she was abused as a child in the 1980s at what the complaint names as St. Matthew parish. The diocese was not served the complaint but officials found the claim in a search of publicly filed complaints, WIVB News reports. Although retired, Msgr. McCarthy still assists in parish ministry.

Buffalo Diocese Places Retired Priest on Leave After Abuse Allegation| National Catholic Register

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