There are now 74 Catholic priests in Buffalo accused of sexual misconduct


July 10, 2018

By Charlie Specht and Christine Streich

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7 Eyewitness News has compiled comprehensive list

To date, 74 current or former Buffalo priests have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct.

The Diocese of Buffalo in March 2018 released a list of 42 “diocesan priests who were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse with a minor.” It included deceased priests “with more than one allegation made against them.”

That list did not include the names of dozens of additional priests who were members of religious orders, were publicly accused of sexual misconduct with adult women or men, left the diocese and moved to other parts of the country, or were identified in reporting by 7 Eyewitness News and other media outlets since March. The full list of all accused priests is below.

John R. Aurelio (d. 2009) – The 1990s child sex abuse case against Fr. Bernard Mach and Fr. John Aurelio was one of Buffalo’s first high-profile abuse scandals involving Catholic priests. Aurelio was suspended in 2003 after admitting to sexually abusing multiple children with Fr. Bernard M. Mach. During his tenure as a priest, Aurelio worked at Cardinal Mindszenty High School (1968), St. Leo in Amherst (1969), West Seneca State School (1970-75), St. Catherine of Siena in West Seneca (1976-81), the West Seneca Development Center (1982-86), St. John the Evangelist in Buffalo (1987-90), and Christ the King Seminary (1991-93). Aurelio is believed to have ceased functioning as a priest and moved to Venice, Florida after being suspended from ministry. On March 20, 2018, the Diocese of Buffalo included Aurelio on its list of priests who “were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.”

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