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Buyer lined up for United Methodist Church in Palmyra at historic intersection

Buyer lined up for United Methodist Church in Palmyra at historic intersection
In June 2019 one of the region’s oldest churches held its final service. The church is located in Palmyra, at a truly-unique intersection. It’s the one that has a church on all four corners. The First United Methodist Church had seen its membership dwindle down to 10. In 2018 they voted 9-1 to sell the church the following summer. After... more

Priest accused of sexual abuse in lawsuit has ties to several local parishes

Priest accused of sexual abuse in lawsuit has ties to several locations in the region
A new lawsuit filed under the Child Victims Act asserts that a priest in the Rochester Diocese was moved from church to church in an effort to cover up sexual abuse. The suit names Rev. Otto Vogt, and alleges that the abuse happened 30 years ago at St. Paul of the Cross Church in Honeoye Falls. John McHugh says he... more

Buffalo bishop under fire for handling of misconduct resigns

Buffalo bishop under fire for handling of misconduct resigns
The bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Buffalo has resigned following widespread criticism over how he handled allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted Bishop Richard Malone’s resignation and named the bishop of Albany, New York, Edward Scharfenberger, to run the Buffalo diocese temporarily until a permanent replacement is found. The Vatican didn’t say why Malone... more

Auburn church, soup kitchen will shut down on December 1st

Auburn church, soup kitchen will shut down on December 1st
After 38 years and countless free meals for the community, First Love Ministries will hold its final service Sunday, Dec. 1. The Wall Street ministry comprises a church, soup kitchen and food pantry. Lorraine Canino, wife of the church’s pastor, Bob Canino, said Wednesday that they decided to close First Love because its congregation had dwindled to seven or eight... more

WATCH & LISTEN: Discussing the future of Trinity Church in Geneva on Inside the FLX (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing the future of the Trinity Church in Geneva (podcast)
What’s the best case scenario for a sprawling, historic church that doesn’t have enough of a congregation to support it’s maintenance and future? Between 2010 and 2015 church redevelopment projects nearly tripled across the U.S. That’s according to a survey, which highlighted the change back in 2016. The bottom line: Congregations are shrinking, and repurposing the historic structures that many... more

First Baptist Church celebrates 200 years in Trumansburg

First Baptist Church celebrates 200 years in Trumansburg
This year, First Baptist Church is rejoicing in its 200th year of ministry in Trumansburg. The theme of the anniversary is “Shining the Light of Christ, 200 Years and Beyond.” The church celebrated its anniversary on the weekend of Sept. 21 and 22 with an open house for the community at the Ulysses Historical Society on Saturday afternoon from 2... more

Cuomo directs State Police to increase security near synagogues

Cuomo directs State Police to increase security near synagogues
Governor Andrew Cuomo is directing New York State Police to its increase security presence near synagogues and religious centers during Jewish high holidays. “We will not allow the cowards who contributed to the recent rash of hateful acts against the Jewish community and other groups to intimidate or divide us,” said Cuomo. Continue reading from WSTM-TV more

Committee chosen to oversee diocese’s bankruptcy

Committee chosen to oversee diocese’s bankruptcy
Survivors of clergy abuse in the Catholic Diocese of Rochester are among nine people chosen to oversee its bankruptcy. They will serve on the committee of unsecured creditors. Their role is to speak on behalf of all the survivors during its bankruptcy and determine the diocese’s assets in order to compensate victims. Bankruptcy attorney James Stang was also hired to... more

Phelps abuse claimant blasts diocese for bankruptcy filing

Phelps abuse claimant blasts diocese for bankruptcy filing
Pete Saracino is one of 45 people who has filed sexual abuse claims against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester since the Child Victims Act opened a one-year window for claims that had been barred by the statute of limitations. A Seneca Falls native and Phelps resident, Saracino claims he was sexually abused as a young boy at the Immaculate... more

Trinity Church, developer say legal entanglements have delayed project in Geneva

Trinity Church, developer say legal entanglements have delayed project in Geneva
When Trinity Episcopal Church officials and Mark McGroarty of McGroarty Investments forged a plan to redevelop the historic South Main Street church into an inn, events center and restaurant, they projected a June or July 2018 opening. That didn’t happen. Three years later after the idea was hatched, the church that is struggling from dwindling membership and declining finances has... more

Sex abuse lawsuits will strain Catholic dioceses as faith and money collide

Sex abuse lawsuits will strain Catholic dioceses as faith and money collide
A half-century of pent-up anger and distress over sexual misconduct by New York’s Roman Catholic spiritual leaders will culminate next week. Faith and money will collide. Under a new state law, lawsuits seeking damages for past acts of rape or sexual abuse of children can be filed during a one-year window that opens Aug. 14. Hundreds of abuse lawsuits are expected to... more

Diocese of Rochester could face at least 75 new lawsuits over child abuse

Diocese of Rochester could face at least 75 new lawsuits over child abuse
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester could face dozens of lawsuits next month due to a change in state law. Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian told Ithaca.com dozens of victims claiming abuse by clergy members in the Diocese of Rochester have come to him over the last several months to inquire about filing lawsuits. Of the 75 victims Garabedian represents, he says 70... more

Auburn church to throw new Mardi Gras celebration

Auburn church to throw new Mardi Gras celebration
Pursuing "the true meaning of Lent," St. Mary's Church in Auburn will host a new Mardi Gras Masquerade Gala at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Road, Fleming. The event will take the form of an over-the-top carnival with indulgent foods and extravagant drinks. There will also be DJ Goodtime Charlie's Mobile Entertainment, a... more

Palmyra church members come together to make Friday a ‘Night to Shine’

Palmyra church members come together to make Friday a ‘Night to Shine’
Community members in Palmyra worked all day – to make sure Friday was a night to shine. The “Night to Shine” event is held around the world, and provides kids with special needs with a prom-like event. Cross Creek Church in Palmyra is one of the locations taking part. A tent had been put up for the event. Overnight Thursday,... more

Church abuse victim sees chance for justice locally

Church abuse victim sees chance for justice locally
When a bill that would extend the statute of limitations on child molestation cases breezed through the state Legislature this past week, there weren’t many people happier than Peter Saracino. Saracino, a native of Seneca Falls and a retired Marcus Whitman teacher, says a Capuchin priest at a former Catholic seminary in Geneva abused him when he was 8 or... more

Cuomo says he doesn’t govern as a Catholic

Cuomo says he doesn’t govern as a Catholic
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday in a radio interview defended the passage of a bill bolstering abortion laws in New York as opponents seek to mobilize politically on the issue. The bills were opposed by the Catholic Church and organizations opposed to abortion, while Vice President Mike Pence has said the bills should be a rallying cry for the pro-life... more

Some Catholic leaders angered over new abortion law in New York

Some Catholic leaders angered over new abortion law in New York
Some Catholic leaders are ripping Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing into law a bill last week that will expand abortion rights in New York, with some suggesting the governor should be excommunicated from the Catholic Church. Cuomo, a Roman Catholic and former altar boy, was unmoved by the criticism, saying Monday that he and his late father, the former Gov.... more
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