“We are pleased with the progress made over the past month,” said John J. Hurley, president of Canisius College and one of the leaders of the MRT. “From the start, Bishop Malone has embraced the reform recommendations developed by approximately 150 Catholic lay people who have been working on MRT workgroups since early December. We are working in an active partnership with the Diocese to bring hope and healing to the Church in Buffalo. We fully recognize that these first steps are not complete solutions, but the process of restoring trust is underway.”
“The work of the JIT, bringing together representatives of the MRT and the Diocese of Buffalo, is an excellent example of Pope Benedict XVI’s call for “co-responsibility” in the church,” stated Bishop Malone. “I am encouraged and energized by the work accomplished by the members of the JIT at their first meeting and pledge to continue to collaborate together. I accept and embrace their efforts to assist victim-survivors and our Diocese heal. The dedication and commitment that all the members have for the well-being of our Diocese is inspiring and hope-filled in moving forward to restore trust. Over the decades since the Second Vatican Council, there have been challenges, especially in recent times, to realize the vision the Council foresaw for the Church. This is the time to fully embrace healing and also the true vision Vatican II hoped for the Church.”
Members of the JIT include MRT representatives Maureen O. Hurley, Dr. Nancy H. Nielsen and Paul D. Bauer. Diocesan representatives are Fr. Peter Karalus, Fr. David G. LiPuma, Sr. Regina Murphy and Dennis Mahaney. Under the team’s charter, developed jointly by the Diocese and MRT, the team is reporting to the Bishop and Mr. Hurley on behalf of the MRT.
Diocese of Buffalo contact: Kathy Spangler, 716.847.8717, firstname.lastname@example.org
MRT contact: Eileen C. Herbert, 716.888.2791, email@example.com