Disappointment from Whistleblower of Diocese Sex Scandal
By Mike Baggerman
September 5, 2019
Siobhan O’Connor, a whistleblower in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, was among the few protesters standing outside of St. Joseph’s Cathedral after Bishop Richard Malone held his press conference Wednesday detailing the complex relationship between Father Jeffrey Nowak, seminarian Matthew Bojanowski, and the bishop’s former secretary, Father Ryszard Biernat.
During the press conference, the bishop reiterated that he will not resign.
At the time, O'Connor only heard bits and pieces of his press conference due to the ambient noise in the background.
“I came down here with a glimmer of hope in my heart,” she told Bauerle & Bellavia. “I really thought, especially given the location, the cathedral, that the bishop was going to take this opportunity to do the right thing. It was quickly apparent that not only was he not going to resign, he was going to dig his heels in even farther, which is just devastating for me personally and our whole diocese.”
O’Connor was pressed by Bellavia on her calls for the bishop to resign, with the WBEN talk show host asking about Malone’s personality.
“I know him to be a man who is both an arrogant person and a cowardly person,” she said. “While (Wednesday) he’s demonstrating that prideful side, I’ve also seen him ignore problems, ignore issues, and constantly put the blame anywhere but himself. I know when I released those documents, I wanted the truth to be known because so often he was able to cover it up. That’s something a lot of bishops do.”