Financial bankruptcy following years of moral bankruptcy in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York.....
Former right hand man to accused pedophile Bishop of Brooklyn Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, announced the bankruptcy filing this morning --- following through on his BIG LIE, worthy of Nazi spokesperson Joseph Goebbels in December 2019: "Whatever
we do has to be done in a way that puts victims first...." (while at the same time acknowledging that bankruptcy could freeze the victims' attempts at fair and just compensation through civil litigation) “We want to look at all of
those things, and then that might be the best way to go.”
The Albany Times Union has reported that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, which is temporarily being administered by Brooklyn Bishop DiMarzio's former consiglieri and sex abuse fixer and now the Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, filed for bankruptcy Friday morning as that little piece of the gigantic Catholic puzzle tries to deal with hundreds of lawsuits alleging decades of child sexual abuse, and in the case of Buffalo, well-documented cover-ups (See "Buffalo Diocese files for bankruptcy after hundreds of sex abuse claims -- Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has led the diocese since December" by Cayla Harris, 2/28/2020, Albany Times Union/ News [https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Buffalo-Diocese-files-for-bankruptcy-after-hundred-15091849.php].
This is the second New York State diocese to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy – which allows for the reorganization of assets instead of outright liquidation. Previously, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester similarly filed for bankruptcy in September of 2019. This decision by the Diocese of Buffalo was largely anticipated, because the Buffalo diocese was facing more than 250 lawsuits, filed in the past six months alleging sexual abuse. The Catholic Church's Buffalo Diocese has emerged as the most-named single defendant in New York State in "Child Victims Act" cases.
Since August in New York State, the "Child Victims Act" opened a one-year window temporarily eliminating the statute of limitations for civil cases involving sex crimes. Since then, more than 1,600 cases have been filed statewide, many of them disclosing decades-old allegations.