NEW: Two current Diocese of Buffalo priests to be named in abuse suits

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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - As the first day of filing opens under the New York Child Victims Act, dozens of suits have already been filed against the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

"Yes, there are priests in the Diocese of Buffalo with allegations against them", Faluszczak said.

Former priest Franklin J. Tuchols was also named by Faluszczak. Tuchols is accused of molesting a child while he was a priest at St. Mary Sorrows Church and at multiple other locations.

Two priests who are dead, Father Edwin Fagowski and Monsignor Joseph Gambino, were also named. Fagowski allegedly molested a child at St. Benedict Church in Bennington while Gambino is accused of similar behavior at Holy Cross Church in Buffalo.

Lawsuits were also filed against previously named priests Michael Freeman, Gerald Green, Bernard Mach, Brian Hatrick, and William Ward. Faluszczak said that the lawsuit is looking to have the Diocese of Buffalo "cough up" more information and to provide healing to the abuse they suffered.

"If a victim is listening to my remarks today and you feel alone in your suffering or that the task before you is too steep to manage alone, we'd like to make it clear that you are not alone," Faluszczak said. "We stand ready to help you and an army of survivors and their advocates are ready to walk with you."

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