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...