Father Dennis Riter of the Buffalo, New York Diocese is among many priests named as abuses over the last several years. So, how did he get reinstated with three allegations of sexual abuse and a failed polygraph?
Such cases and cover-ups by the Church have existed for decades. In fact, I faced significant roadblocks in the early 1980s in my pursuit of justice for clergy abused victims due to a conspiracy of silence within the Church. In fact, it is the result of my first novel, Betrayal of Faith.
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Things will not change until church leaders take action; until they stop choosing to conceal the abuse and start protecting children and providing healing support to survivors.
We must continue to expose the dangerous practices employed by the Catholic Church until the organization does the right thing.