Diocese to release names today of priests accused of abusing minors

The Buffalo News

March 20, 2018

By Jay Tokasz

Update: The diocese released the list Tuesday morning.

Bishop Richard J. Malone is planning to release a list later this morning of the names of priests who have been accused of sexual misconduct with minors.

Malone alerted diocesan priests in an email Monday of his decision to disclose the names of priests that have been kept secret for decades.

Diocesan spokesman George Richert did not return multiple calls from late Monday and this morning. But a lawyer for the diocese, Lawlor F. Quinlan III, confirmed this morning that the list would be made public today, likely by noon. Quinlan declined to provide any further details.

Malone’s email on Monday said the list would include “all priests of our diocese who were removed from ministry, were retired or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.”

The bishop has been under growing pressure to provide a fuller accounting of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Diocese of Buffalo, following retired Rev. Norbert Orsolits’ admission in February that he had abused “probably dozens” of boys in the 1970s and 1980s.

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