Retired Priest Admits to Sexually Abusing Boys
February 28, 2018
A retired priest from Western New York has admitted to The Buffalo News that he sexually abused dozens of boys.
Reverend Norbert Orsolits tells the paper the sexual encounters he had with teenage boys were fueled by alcohol.
He admitted to what he did after a South Buffalo man said he abused him 35-years-ago.
Michael Whalen says, "He took me up to his cabin in Springville where the abuse took place. He got me out there on the means of going skiing at Kissing Bridge. And I just want everyone to know that this means a lot to me and to my family and if there's any other victims of Father Norb, to step forward."
After sending him to Canada for treatment, the Catholic Diocese removed Orsolits from ministry in 2003.
The Diocese released the following statement Tuesday:
"Since 1990, the Diocese of Buffalo has had policies to address sexual abuse. Every complaint that we receive is addressed pursuant to a protocol that is designed both to protect children and to respond to victims. We will have more to say about these important issues later this week. We will not comment on these particular complaints except to note that Fr. Norbert Orsolits was removed from ministry in 2003 and that Fr. Robert Conlin died in 1997.”