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Priests with Local Ties On Abuse List


Four priests with ties to the area are among those accused of sexual abuse by a Minnesota lawyer specializing in clergy abuse cases.

Attorney Mike Reck released a list of 13 priests from the Diocese of Buffalo who he claims committed acts of sexual abuse at a news conference this morning. Saying that “secrecy breeds shame, and shame means those survivors are held back from healing,” Reck called on Bishop Richard Malone to change the Diocese’s policy of not releasing the names of those accused of abuse.

The four priests on Reck’s list who served in our area were:

  • John Aurelio, who was at St. Helen in Hinsdale in 1967
  • Joseph Friel, who was at St. Patrick in Randolph from 1978-1982
  • Norbert Orsolits from Sacred Heart in Portville from 1984-1988
  • James Spielman, at St. Patricks’ in Salamanca in 1978.

In response, the Diocese has released a statement saying that Bishop Malone is taking the matter seriously, and a decision about release other names will be forthcoming.



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