Brooklyn bishop investigating Buffalo church accused of sexually assaulting altar boy

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(Information) – A bishop in New York Metropolis who was picked by the Catholic Church to analyze Buffalo’s diocese for its dealing with of kid abuse allegations in opposition to clergy has himself been accused of sexually assaulting an altar boy when he was a priest 4 many years in the past.

The lawyer for the accuser stated in an announcement on Wednesday that his shopper was assaulted in 1974 and 1975 when he was an parishioner and scholar at St. Nicholas parish in Jersey Metropolis, New Jersey by Nicholas DiMarzio, who’s now bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Mitchell Garabedian, the lawyer for the person who’s now 56 12 months outdated, stated that DiMarzio needs to be instantly positioned on administrative depart pending an investigation.

“Pope Francis and the Vatican ought to perceive that reality will overcome evil,” Garabedian stated.

Garabedian’s shopper additionally accuses one other St. Nicholas parish priest, Albert Mark, who has since died, of sexual assault. DiMarzio stated in an announcement to Information that he was simply studying in regards to the allegation.

“In my practically 50-year ministry as a priest, I’ve by no means engaged in illegal or inappropriate habits and I categorically deny this allegation. I’m assured I can be absolutely vindicated,” he stated.

The Archdiocese of Newark, which oversees St. Nicholas parish, stated it obtained a letter from Garabedian relating to the abuse allegation in opposition to DiMarzio.

The archdiocese reported the matter and was cooperating with regulation enforcement, it stated.

DiMarzio was directed by Vatican officers to analyze the Diocese of Buffalo the place, in accordance with the New York Instances, Bishop Richard Malone had been accused of defending clergymen who had been accused of abuse.

Allegations of rampant sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic clergymen and subsequent cover-ups by bishops exploded onto the world stage in 2002. The scandals have price the church billions of dollars and undercut its ethical authority.

DiMarzio stated in October that he traveled 3 times to Buffalo the place he interviewed practically 80 clergy members and lay individuals and was getting ready a report for Vatican officers.

(Corrects to “altar” from “alter” in headline and paragraph one.)

Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; Modifying by Stephen Coates