MRT Update

MRT Update

Dear Members of the Movement to Restore Trust,

Like most of you, the MRT Organizing Committee has been waiting and watching the situation in the Diocese since early September when we determined that the MRT could not make progress on its reform agenda while Bishop Malone remained in office.

After calling for the Bishop’s resignation on September 5, the MRT was in touch with Cardinal Timothy Dolan in New York City, and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Apostolic Nuncio in Washington, about the deteriorating situation in the Diocese. As we waited for a reply from them, we received notice of the Vatican’s decision to have Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio conduct an apostolic visitation of the Diocese.

We have received several inquiries from MRT members as to whether MRT was contacted by Bishop DiMarzio, so we wanted to confirm that John Hurley and Nancy Nielsen of the Organizing Committee met with Bishop DiMarzio in separate meetings. Bishop DiMarzio requested that we keep the substance of our meetings confidential which we will respect. We think it is fair to say that after 75 interviews in Buffalo, Bishop DiMarzio has an accurate picture of what is happening here in the Diocese. How that will translate into his final report and what the Vatican will do with that report is the question.

The New York bishops will be traveling to Rome this week for their ad limina visit with Pope Francis. Whether Bishop DiMarzio’s report will be a topic of discussion at those meetings is unknown at this point.

You should know that according to www.catholic-hierarchy.org, there are currently 17 dioceses in the United States that have a vacancy or are being served by an archbishop or bishop who has already submitted his retirement letter to the Vatican. There are another six dioceses where a bishop will reach retirement age over the next several months.

While we are in this interim period, we think it necessary to continue to work on the reform agenda of the MRT that you helped to develop. We are planning another symposium at Canisius College on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. We will gather in prayer and discuss the next steps to be taken by the MRT to advance the cause of healing and reform in our Diocese. Further details will follow.

The Organizing Committee of the Movement To Restore Trust,
Paul Bauer
Tom Beecher
John Hurley
Maureen Hurley
Robert Greene
Carl Montante 
Mary Travers Murphy
Nancy Nielsen
Nancy Ware

MRT Update

Dear Members of the Movement to Restore Trust, Like most of you, the MRT Organizing Committee has been waiting and watching the situation in the Diocese since early September when we determined that the MRT could not make progress on its reform agenda while Bishop Malone remained in office.

john Hurley Interview on WBFO

Vatican's investigation of Buffalo Diocese finishes first week with 30 interviewsBy MARIAN HETHERLY | WBFO 88.7MRT leader, John Hurley, is interviewed on WBFO concerning this week's visitation by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to the Diocese of...

Diocese Investigation: Interview with John Hurley

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11WBEN930, A NEW MORNING WITH SUSAN ROSE AND BRIAN MAZUROWSKI John Hurley from the Movement to Restore Trust joins WBEN to highlight the investigation by the Brooklyn Bishop into the Diocese of Buffalo.

Brooklyn Bishop Finishes Investigation

Brooklyn Bishop Finished Investigation of Buffalo Diocese, will report to Vatican

Buffalo, N.Y.
October 31, 2019

Several Buffalo news outlets report that Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn has completed his investigation and will now send his report on the Buffalo Diocese to the Vatican.

MRT Update

Dear Members of the Movement to Restore Trust, Like most of you, the MRT Organizing Committee has been waiting and watching the situation in the Diocese since early September when we determined that the MRT could not make progress on its reform agenda while Bishop Malone remained in office.

john Hurley Interview on WBFO

Vatican's investigation of Buffalo Diocese finishes first week with 30 interviewsBy MARIAN HETHERLY | WBFO 88.7MRT leader, John Hurley, is interviewed on WBFO concerning this week's visitation by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to the Diocese of...

Diocese Investigation: Interview with John Hurley

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11WBEN930, A NEW MORNING WITH SUSAN ROSE AND BRIAN MAZUROWSKI John Hurley from the Movement to Restore Trust joins WBEN to highlight the investigation by the Brooklyn Bishop into the Diocese of Buffalo.

New names added to Buffalo Diocese’s list of accused priests

New names added to Buffalo Diocese’s list of accused priests

The Buffalo News | October 22, 2019

Three priests who previously had not been outed publicly have been added to the Buffalo Diocese’s list of priests with substantiated claims of child sexual abuse. The list of accused priests has more than doubled since Bishop Richard Malone first began identifying priests accused of molesting children.

Nearly 100 Priests appear on the diocese’s list.

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MRT Update

Dear Members of the Movement to Restore Trust, Like most of you, the MRT Organizing Committee has been waiting and watching the situation in the Diocese since early September when we determined that the MRT could not make progress on its reform agenda while Bishop Malone remained in office.

john Hurley Interview on WBFO

Vatican's investigation of Buffalo Diocese finishes first week with 30 interviewsBy MARIAN HETHERLY | WBFO 88.7MRT leader, John Hurley, is interviewed on WBFO concerning this week's visitation by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to the Diocese of...

Diocese Investigation: Interview with John Hurley

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11WBEN930, A NEW MORNING WITH SUSAN ROSE AND BRIAN MAZUROWSKI John Hurley from the Movement to Restore Trust joins WBEN to highlight the investigation by the Brooklyn Bishop into the Diocese of Buffalo.

john Hurley Interview on WBFO

Vatican’s investigation of Buffalo Diocese finishes first week with 30 interviews

By MARIAN HETHERLY | WBFO 88.7

MRT leader, John Hurley, is interviewed on WBFO concerning this week’s visitation by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to the Diocese of Buffalo.

MRT Update

Dear Members of the Movement to Restore Trust, Like most of you, the MRT Organizing Committee has been waiting and watching the situation in the Diocese since early September when we determined that the MRT could not make progress on its reform agenda while Bishop Malone remained in office.

john Hurley Interview on WBFO

Vatican's investigation of Buffalo Diocese finishes first week with 30 interviewsBy MARIAN HETHERLY | WBFO 88.7MRT leader, John Hurley, is interviewed on WBFO concerning this week's visitation by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to the Diocese of...

Diocese Investigation: Interview with John Hurley

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11WBEN930, A NEW MORNING WITH SUSAN ROSE AND BRIAN MAZUROWSKI John Hurley from the Movement to Restore Trust joins WBEN to highlight the investigation by the Brooklyn Bishop into the Diocese of Buffalo.

Diocese Investigation: Interview with John Hurley

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
WBEN930, A NEW MORNING WITH SUSAN ROSE AND BRIAN MAZUROWSKI 

John Hurley from the Movement to Restore Trust joins WBEN to highlight the investigation by the Brooklyn Bishop into the Diocese of Buffalo.

MRT Update

Dear Members of the Movement to Restore Trust, Like most of you, the MRT Organizing Committee has been waiting and watching the situation in the Diocese since early September when we determined that the MRT could not make progress on its reform agenda while Bishop Malone remained in office.

john Hurley Interview on WBFO

Vatican's investigation of Buffalo Diocese finishes first week with 30 interviewsBy MARIAN HETHERLY | WBFO 88.7MRT leader, John Hurley, is interviewed on WBFO concerning this week's visitation by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to the Diocese of...

Diocese Investigation: Interview with John Hurley

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11WBEN930, A NEW MORNING WITH SUSAN ROSE AND BRIAN MAZUROWSKI John Hurley from the Movement to Restore Trust joins WBEN to highlight the investigation by the Brooklyn Bishop into the Diocese of Buffalo.

Other Examples of recent Apostolic Visitations in the US

Other Examples of recent Apostolic Visitations in the US

The Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith defines an apostolic visitation as “an exceptional initiative of the Holy See which involves sending a Visitor or Visitors to evaluate an ecclesiastical institute such as a seminary, diocese, or religious institute.  Apostolic Visitations are intended to assist the institute in question to improve the way in which it carries out its function in the life of the Church.”

Take a closer look at recent Apostolic visitations ordered in the United States…

 

An apostolic visitation took place in Memphis. What does that mean?

Mary Farrow | Catholic News Agency

Memphis, Tenn., Jun 30, 2018 / 06:00 am (CNA).- Last week, the Vatican sent two representatives to the Diocese of Memphis for an apostolic visitation. According to reports from local media, the visitation was to address concerns regarding major changes made by Bishop Martin D. Holley, including the reassignment of up to two-thirds of the 60 active priests in the diocese.

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More on Cleveland’s apostolic investigation

Dennis Coday | National Catholic Reporter

We learned Monday Cleveland the diocese would be the subject of an apostolic visitation this week. John M. Smith, bishop emeritus of the Trenton, N.J., is doing the visiting. We hope he gets a chance to talk with the folks at FutureChurch. They have a lot of good things to say.

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Vatican probe ends with an olive branch for American nuns

John L. Allen Jr. | CRUX

An unprecedented and highly controversial Vatican investigation of every community of Catholic sisters in the United States that began with criticism of nuns as having a “secular mentality” ended Tuesday with a report full of praise, and without any disciplinary measures or new controls.

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MRT Update

Dear Members of the Movement to Restore Trust, Like most of you, the MRT Organizing Committee has been waiting and watching the situation in the Diocese since early September when we determined that the MRT could not make progress on its reform agenda while Bishop Malone remained in office.

john Hurley Interview on WBFO

Vatican's investigation of Buffalo Diocese finishes first week with 30 interviewsBy MARIAN HETHERLY | WBFO 88.7MRT leader, John Hurley, is interviewed on WBFO concerning this week's visitation by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to the Diocese of...

Diocese Investigation: Interview with John Hurley

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11WBEN930, A NEW MORNING WITH SUSAN ROSE AND BRIAN MAZUROWSKI John Hurley from the Movement to Restore Trust joins WBEN to highlight the investigation by the Brooklyn Bishop into the Diocese of Buffalo.