Diocese of Buffalo whistleblower interviewed for Sunday's "60 Minutes" story

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The confidential whistleblower in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese sex abuse scandal will be featured this Sunday on the national news magazine "60 Minutes".

Siobhan O'Connor, the former secretary to embattled Bishop Richard J. Malone, will speak publicly for the first time Sunday about why she worked with the 7 Eyewitness News I-Team to expose the mishandling of sexual abuse claims against multiple priests by Malone.

"It has been a privilege to work with Charlie Specht of WKBW for several months now," O'Connor said in a prepared statement. "His integrity, faith and tenacity have continued to impress me. As you are now aware, in recent weeks I have also collaborated with the 60 Minutes team, which is renowned for their investigative prowess. I am pleased that Charlie can break this news to my fellow Western New Yorkers. Please know that my conscience compelled me to take action regarding Bishop Malone because of my profound concern for victims, the diocese and our community. As a faithful Catholic, I could not abide by what I witnessed at the Chancery."

"As the whistleblower, my heart is heavy," she added, "but my soul is at peace." 

O'Connor was one of multiple sources in 7 Eyewitness News' three-part investigation of Bishop Malone. But her access to the bishop and first-hand experience with many of the most controversial issues in the diocese provided 7 Eyewitness News with unparalleled insight into the diocese's inner workings. 

O'Connor, 35, is deeply religious and once considered becoming a Catholic nun, spending time in a convent. She describes h...

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  • Richard Kensinger, MSW
    commented 2018-10-27 12:40:13 -0500
    I reside in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, PA. And i have divorced the Church over this rampant abuse by pedophiles disguised as clergy. I now know of 6 men who as youth were repeatedly sexually assaulted during their youth. I have been contacted by the Boston Globe Spotlight team; and provided them w/ my observations and concerns. This Global Corporation wants us to believe that all this abuse occurred many years ago and that it is all irrelevant in the now.

    I will continue as a clinician-advocate for youth in my area. I admire the courage of all those that continue to challenge and hold accountable this GC!
    Rich, MSW
  • Dennis Ramsey
    commented 2018-10-26 21:54:10 -0500
    It is time to bring 60 minutes to Cincinnati, Ohio. Maybe Sister Victoria, who heads up the Tribunal office, will come forward as a whistle blower. It seems she was having problems with Father Jeff Bacon when he worked in her office. Maybe he was spending to much time communicating with our daughters to be proficient on the job. The last time I called Sister Victoria, she informed me that she was not allowed to talk to me. The last we have heard is that Father Bacon is now cooperating with the Archdiocese and is no longer fighting being removed from the priesthood. I wonder what it takes to get a priest to cooperate$$$. Of course, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr reports there has been no active cases of priest sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for the last ten years. I know he read our letter dated February 4, 2015, listing many violations to the Decree on Child Protection involving Father Bacon and our minor daughter???

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