Fr. Thomas McCarthy – Diocese of Buffalo

| Oct 21, 2019 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Thomas McCarthy

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1980

Removed: 2003

Assigned as follows:

  • 1981-1984      Christ the King (Snyder, NY)
  • 1985-1990      Basilica of Our Lady of Victory (Lackawanna, NY)
  • 1991                Unknown
  • 1992-1998      St. John the Baptist (Kenmore, NY)
  • 1999-2000      All Saints Church (Buffalo, NY)
  • 2001-2003      St. John the Baptist (West Valley, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas McCarthy:

According to media reports, in August 2003, after meeting with diocesan officials, Father Thomas McCarthy unexpectedly retired. He told parishioners he was retiring due to health problems and because the Bishop wanted to transfer him to a larger parish.

A few weeks later in September 2003, an anonymous flier circulated in the neighborhood around the church where Father Thomas McCarthy served in the 1990’s. The flier urged parents to check with their children to see if they had been abused by Father McCarthy.

In March 2018, Father McCarthy’s name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s list of priests who “were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.” No information regarding the allegations was disclosed. As of 2016, Father McCarthy was believed to be living in West Seneca, New York.

In April 2020, he was one of 23 priests removed off of the Diocese of Buffalo’s payroll through an agreement it reached with survivors in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout New York. The Diocese of Buffalo filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Buffalo may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply. Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Buffalo if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.

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