Buffalo Catholic whistleblower came forward because of victims, 'allegiance to the common good'

By Charlie Specht, October 28, 2018, WBKW Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Without Siobhan O’Connor, the Diocese of Buffalo may have pulled off one of the greatest cover-ups in the history of the Catholic Church.

“I am a very ordinary person and I found myself in rather extraordinary circumstances and the way I look at it is, I was the right person in the right place at the right time, and God gave me the strength to do the right thing,” she said.

O’Connor served for three years as Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone’s personal secretary. She's deeply religious and once studied to become a Catholic nun. But while working at Malone's side, she began to see the ugly underbelly of how the diocese handled sexual abuse . . . 

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  • Richard Kensinger, MSW
    commented 2018-10-29 13:42:05 -0500
    I watched this episode and am very taken by her sincerity and conviction and now absolute advocacy for the youth who were and are being abused in what I now refer as a Global Corporation.
    I reside in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese and I now know of 6 men who were repeatedly sexually assaulted by pedophiles acting in the role of Catholic clergy.

    The persisting cover-up is a world-wide phenomenon including community members in the legal and justice system. 46 of the 50 persons outlined in this diocese are clergy.

    I will continue my advocacy in AJD, and have divorced the Church due to its persisting criminality.
    Rich, MSW

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