Father Clatus Snyder
Diocese of Buffalo
Assigned As Follows:
- St. Leo the Great Parish (Amherst, NY)
- Sisters of Mercy at Our Lady of Mercy Generalate (Orchard Park, NY)
- Our Lady of Victory Basilica (Lackawanna, PA)
- St. Agnes, Holy Name and Blessed Trinity parishes (Buffalo, NY)
- Ss. Peter & Paul (Williamsville, NY)
- St. John the Baptist (Tonawanda, NY)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Clatus Snyder:
Father Clatus Snyder was ordained to the priesthood in 1934. He served as the founding pastor of St. Leo the Great in Amherst. Throughout his career, he served in multiple parishes. Due to health problems, he retired from ministry in 1981. He died in 2001.
According to media reports, in November 2018, his name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo‘s updated list of priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor. Priests who only received a single allegation after their death were not included. One name that was listed for the first time was Father Clatus Snyder. No information was given on the number of allegations or specifics relating to his victims.
In December 2019, Father Snyder was named in a lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused a 14-year-old child from approximately 1977 to 1980.
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.