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Monsignor David LiPuma chairs the Council of Priests, a group of clergy from across the Diocese of Buffalo.
"This year in particular, we've instituted a year of healing," said LiPuma.
Members work with Bishop Richard Malone to help in the healing process during the ongoing clergy sexual abuse crisis.
"Because our primary concern of course, in all of this, is the victims, the true victims of abuse," said LiPuma.
It’s a concern for the victims, as well as for clergy, despite whether they've been returned to active ministry or not.
"I can only imagine that there's a great deal of pain and suffering and struggle. I do believe that for the priests that have been restored, they get that sense of resurrection and of hope," said LiPuma.
"We have put priests on a pedestal, and so the fall is further and harder for them than it is for others. The mere accusations of some of this kind of activity can destroy careers and lives and we know that, and so it's difficult," said Judge Sal Martoche, Independent Diocesan Review Board chairman.
Martoche chairs the board that makes recommendations to Bishop Malone as to whether or not a priest should be returned to active ministry.
Last week, Malone returned two priests, while a third remains on administrative leave. That case now heads to the Vatican for further review.
"We understand the need to be transparent, as transparent as possible. We need to change a lot of things within the church," said Martoche.
Clergy who have been cleared of a crime but may still need help for sex-related addictions can, and have, sought local help as well as from treatment centers across the country.
"We're fortunate and blessed to have a number of counselors, certified counselors and therapists in the Diocese of Buffalo who are available to work with priests on an outpatient basis," said LiPuma.
Before a case is turned over to the review board, it's investigated through the Diocese Office of Professional Responsibility.
"If that person is placed back out into a parish, or assists a parish on the weekends, or involved with any children, or any adults or vulnerable adults, I will do my best to assure that no one is in harm’s way," said Steven Halter, Diocese of Buffalo Office of Professional Responsibility director.
And while Halter says an investigation can take several weeks, the Diocese disagrees with critics who say accused priests are returned to ministry too soon.
"And on the other end if you ask the priests that are out waiting, and they know that it's not credible, they're suffering. And it's a long time for them. It's not quick, I can assure you of that," said LiPuma.
As for those accused priests currently waiting, the Independent Diocesan Review Board is set to convene again in May and will review a handful of cases before making its recommendations to the Bishop.