Catholic Bishop Named by Pope to Investigate Sex Abuse is Himself Accused

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Appointed by Pope to Investigate Sex Abuse in Buffalo, is Accused of Sexually Abusing Altar Boy

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Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn has been accused of sexually abusing a child more than 40 years ago. The accusation follows the bishop’s appointment by the pope to do an investigation into the church’s Buffalo Diocese, where Bishop J. Malone has come under criticism for his handling of a clergy abuse scandal.

Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian told church officials in New Jersey this week that he is preparing a lawsuit on behalf of his client, Mark Matzek, 56, who said Bishop DiMarzio molested him in the mid-1970s when he was an altar boy and the bishop a priest.

Matzek alleges that DiMarzio and another priest, the late Rev. Albert Mark, repeatedly molested him when he was an altar boy at St. Nicholas Church and as a student at St. Nicholas School.

Garabedian said an investigation by the bishop would be tainted due to the accusations against him.

DiMarzio told a local news source that he just learned about the allegations and that there is no truth about it. He said in his nearly 50-year ministry as a priest; he never engaged in unlawful or inappropriate behavior and, he emphatically denied the allegation.

Sources at the Brooklyn Diocese said DiMarzio had interviewed 80 clergymen and parishioners over three trips to the Buffalo Diocese over seven days and that he had submitted his report to the Vatican.