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Churchill: A dark time for the Albany Diocese

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20.08.2019

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ALBANY — What a terrible, terrible time for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.

Yes, the Child Victims Act, which opens a one-year window for old sexual-abuse claims, was sure to be difficult for the church. It was going to force Catholics in New York to relive the child sexual abuse scandal that stained the church and shriveled its moral standing.

The legislation was also guaranteed to damage the reputation of Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard, if only because the new lawsuits and allegations would once again draw attention to his failure to more aggressively confront the crisis when it was at its worst.

But a direct accusation against Hubbard, the face of the church here for nearly four decades?

That's another thing entirely. That's a body blow.

The allegation was revealed last week with the opening of the Child Victim Act's long-awaited window. It comes from a man identified only by his initials, P.R., who says he was abused by Hubbard as a 16-year-old in the 1990s. The Rev. Paul Bondi, now deceased, of St. Mary's Parish in Ballston Spa is also accused of abusing the teen.

"From approximately 1994 through 1998, Father Bondi and Bishop Hubbard exploited the trust and authority vested in them by........

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