Former Albany Bishop Admits Covering-Up Sexual Abuse Allegations

A former bishop at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany admitted to covering up sexual abuse by priests for decades.

Former Bishop Howard J. Hubbard ran the state capital’s diocese for 37 years from 1977 to 2014, and recently answered a series of questions from The Times Union regarding sexual abuse cases.

“When an allegation of sexual misconduct against a priest was received in the 1970s and 1980s, the common practice in the Albany diocese and elsewhere was to remove the priest from ministry temporarily and send him for counseling and treatment,” Hubbard said in a statement through his attorney.

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