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By | September 2, 2019


TODAY. TOPPING THE NEWS….. EVER SINCE SWORMVILLE DEACON PAUL SNYDER FIRST CALLED FOR BISHOP RICHARD MALONE TO STEP DOWN, HE’S RECEIVED MORE THAN 400 LETTERS AND EMAILS FROM LOCAL CATHOLICS. WE TOLD YOU HERE ON NEWS 4, LAST MONTH, SNYDER SENT THAT CORRESPONDENCE TO THE VATICAN AND OTHERS DEMANDING AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE BUFFALO DIOCESE. TONIGHT NEWS ‘S MARISSA PERLMAN IS GETTING A LOOK AT THOSE LETTERS. SHE HAS MORE ON THE CALL COMING FROM INSIDE THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY. MARISSA? JACQUIE- THIS BINDER FULL OF DOCUMENTS AND EMAILS WAS SENT TO DOZENS OF PAPAL LEADERS INCLUDING THE PAPAL NUNCIO AND CARDINAL SEAN O’MALLEY. MORE THAN 400 STORIES ARE INCLUDED. THEY ARE EXCRUCIATING AND HEARTBREAKING STORIES FROM PEOPLE ABUSED BY PRIESTS… THEY HAVE ALL BEEN SENT TO PAUL SNYDER SINCE AUGUST WHEN HE FIRST CALLED FOR BISHOP MALONE TO STEP DOWN. ((STACK NATURAL SOUND )) THE LETTERS PILE UP ON DEACON PAUL SNYDER’S DESK AT HIS DOWNTOWN OFFICE. THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 400 SINCE AUGUST: ((THEY WANT TO BE PART OF A SOLUTION BUT THEY THINK THE BISHOP IS PREVENTING THAT FROM OCCURING)) ONE EMAIL FROM DANIEL READS, “DEAR MR. SNYDER, I AM A VICTIM/SURVIVOR FROM A PRIEST THAT ABUSED ME IN JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK ABOUT 40 YEARS AGO. I WAS NOT HIS ONLY VICTIM, ONE COMMITTED SUICIDE.” THE PACKETS CONTAIN LETTERS, AND NEWS MEDIA COVERAGE ABOUT THE SEXUAL ASSAULT “CRISIS” AND ALLEGED COVER UP. THEY WERE PACKED UP… AND SHIPPED OUT: ((WE’VE SHARED OUR INFORMATION NOT JUST WITH THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT NOT JUST WITH THE FBI THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO HAVE ALL DECIDED THE MATTERS IN BUFFALO ARE SO SERIOUS THEY’VE DEDICATED BOTH CRIMINAL AND CIVIL PROSECUTORS )) HE ALSO SENT THEM TO PAPAL LEADERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY: ((WE SENT THIS INFORMATION TO THE PAPAL NUNCIO. THE PAPAL NUNCIO IS NUMBER ONE REPRESENTATIVE IN THE UNITED STATES FOR THE POPE)) AND HE RECENTLY HEARD BACK, FROM THE NUNCIO HIMSELF: ((HE SAID I UNDERSTAND AND AFFIRM YOUR CANONICAL RIGHTS TO BRING YOUR CONCERNS TO THE ATTENTION OF THE PASTORS OF THE CHURCH HE’S ENCOURAGED US TO DO THIS VERY THING)) SNYDER SAYS BOTH CARDINAL SEAN O’MALLEY AND THE PAPAL NUNCIO HAVE ENCOURAGED HIM…AND OTHER BUFFALO CATHOLICS TO SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SEX ABUSE CRISIS ((HE ENCOURAGED US FOR DOING THE DUTY THAT WE HAVE AS CHRISTIANS TO BRING THE TRUTH FORWARD HE SAID HE WOULD KEEP US IN HIS PRAYERS)) SNYDER WENT ON TO SAY IN COMPARISON, BISHOP RICHARD MALONE HAS NOT BEEN RECEPETIVE TO CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE SEX ABUSE SCANDAL WITHIN THE DIOCESE. HE’S ALSO DISCOURAGED HIM FROM

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