BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is making drastic cuts to its stable of priests following its clergy abuse scandal and ensuing bankruptcy.
The diocese confirmed Wednesday it invited 132 active priests to apply for just 36 open positions — that's one priest for each "parish family" as outlined in the diocese’s “Road to Renewal” initiative.
The program is meant to address financial issues brought on by Child Victims Act lawsuits filed against the diocese and a decline in attendance.
The diocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy more than two years ago after more than 250 CVA lawsuits were filed.
As of December 2021, more than 900 people have accused local clergy and diocesan staff of sexual abuse and the diocese has paid more than $7 million in legal and professional fees.