One-hundred-and-fifty people, four months, and 68 pages.
That's what it took to create Movement to Restore Trust's report on how to move the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo forward after its sexual abuse scandal.
John Hurley, president of Canisius College, is a committee member of that group.
"There's been a dark stain on the church as a result of this evil from within," Hurley said. “This is our faith, this is our calling in life. We love the church and we want to see it repaired. And that's what we are doing."
Complete transparency around the abuse in the Diocese is one of several recommendations by MRT. Hurley adds that the report also looks at greater involvement of women and laity in the Church, as well as accountability.
"The accountability of the bishops is to do their jobs and to be responsive of the needs and the wishes of the faithful within the context of church law," he explained.
The report calls for hiring more sex abuse investigators and for investigations to be completed within 45 days.
James Faluszczak, a former priest, says he was abused by a priest when he was in high school. Now, he's an advocate for victims of clergy abuse.
"Whatever the Movement to Restore Trust is attempting to do, it isn't changing the practice of the Buffalo Diocese in real time," stated Faluszczak.
Faluszczak doesn't believe the report will be followed through, being that there’s no full account of perpetrators.
He adds there's still no adequate explanation on the status of the Church's investigation on the Buffalo Diocese and Bishop Malone — which many have asked to see.
“The victims that I'm working with, and the advocates I work alongside, we're really wondering if anything can change when we're not seeing the results that we are asking for in the present moment," he said.
Hurley, on the other hand, says MRT is confident changes will be implemented with support from Bishop Malone.
The timeline for these changes, however, is uncertain.
"This is not a short-term fix. This won't be fixed tomorrow," said Hurley.
The Diocese responded to the report saying, in part, "The MRT and the Diocese of Buffalo are committed to reviewing the recommendations through the Joint Implementation Team. This ongoing collaboration has already addressed some of the recommendations and we look forward to continuing this good work.”