Fr. Bernard M. Mach

Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Died: 02/17/2004
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Accused of fondling a 12-year-old boy in Fall 1991. In 1/93 the boy’s parents met with Mach and in 3/93 with the diocesan chancellor. Civil suit filed 1993 when the diocese failed to pay for counseling. Placed on leave 12/93. Also accused, along with Fr. John Aurelio, of abuse of three others. Civil suit settled confidentially in 1998. Mach lived in FL without privileges. Died 2/17/04. Included on 3/20/18 diocesan list. Named in 4/30/19 suit. A suit 8/19 claims abuse of a 7-year-old at St. Gerard’s in 1974. By 8/21 there were 21 lawsuits filed under the NY Child Victims Act with accusations against Mach.

Return to main database page. See abbreviations and posting policy. Send corrections.

Our Database of Publicly Accused does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.