Buffalo Catholic Diocese Lists Wrong Name for Accused Priest

March 22, 2018

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo put out a list earlier this week with the names of priests accused of sexual abuse.

One of the priests listed is not supposed to be on that list.

On the list of 42 priests, it should have read Rev. James P. Hayes as the priest who died in 1988, not James F. Hayes who should not have been placed on the list

A spokesman for the Buffalo Catholic Diocese calls it “an unfortunate mistake”

Also of note, Rev. Chester S. Stachewicz died in 2010. Originally, the Diocese indicated he was alive.

READ: Corrected list of priest names

2 On Your Side’s Claudine Ewing spoke with Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone Wednesday on several issues related to the on-going sexual abuse claims involving Diocesan priests.

While acknowledging that these are challenging times for the Diocese, Bishop Malone said the recent release of names of priests allegedly involved in abuse cases, “brings to light what has been in darkness for too long.” Bishop Malone says releasing the names was the right thing to do and encourages more victims that may be out there to come forward.








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