ALBANY – After a man was arrested for making a death threat against a Buffalo reporter who has vigorously covered abuse scandals within the Catholic Church, Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger denounced any threats or harassment against members of the press.
“This is against who we are as Christians, but also against our nation’s founding principles that guarantee freedom to the press … and freedom of speech,” Scharfenberger wrote on Twitter. “As a church, we must be able to withstand the glaring light of scrutiny – even as we seek to pierce the darkness with our own light, demonstrating Christ’s abundant love, forgiveness and care for us all.”
The statement came after FBI agents in Buffalo arrested 62-year-old Paul E. Lubienecki, who has been accused of making harassing phone calls and issuing a death threat against Charlie Specht, an award-winning investigative reporter for WKBW-TV Buffalo, the outlet reported Wednesday. Several messages left on Specht’s cell phone accused him of bad journalism and pressed him to stop investigating the Buffalo Diocese.
The messages began in August 2019 and continued as Specht reported on the resignation of Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone, who was widely criticized for his handling of abuse allegations, according …read more
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