The Buffalo Diocese is kicking these 23 priests off its payroll

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Clarification (5:20 p.m.): The Diocese of Buffalo originally indicated that Fr. James A. Spielman and Fr. John P. Hajduk would stop receiving benefits, but Wednesday afternoon clarified that they had both had "disassociated himself from the Diocese and moved elsewhere and has not been on the Diocesan pension plan or received any benefits."

It also stated that two priests who had not been previously named as alleged abusers -- Michael R. Swartz and Paul Salemi -- would be removed from the payroll. Interim diocesan spokesman Greg Tucker said, "the substantiated allegations did not involve minors (thus their names aren't included on the published list on the diocesan website), but they were relieved of their faculties nonetheless for other substantiated offenses and continued to receive salary and health benefits."

Previously on Wednesday, 7 Eyewitness News asked Tucker for a list of the 23 priests who would be kicked off the payroll. He did not provide a list but directed the I-Team to a list of 78 priests with substantiated child sex abuse allegations and said only the living priests "would be affected by this action."

The Diocese of Buffalo is kicking these 23 priests off of its payroll through an agreement it reached with survivors this week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Becker, Donald W.
Bialkowski, David M.
Dolinic, Louis S.
Fafinski, Donald S.
Faraci, Douglas F.
Friel, Mark
Fronczak, Dennis A.
Gresock, Thomas
Hatrick, Brian M.
Ingalls, Fred D.
Ipolito, Pascal D.
Juran, Michael
Maryanski, Fabian J.
McCarthy, Thomas J.
Mierzwa, Ronald
Orsolits, Norbert F.
Palys, Daniel J.
Pavlock, Martin L.
Salemi, Paul -- diocese said allegations did not involve minors
Smith, Arthur J.
Swartz, Michael R. -- diocese said allegations did not involve minors
Venne, Samuel J.
Wolski, Mark J.

The Diocese of Buffalo announced Tuesday it would cease all financial support and health benefits for priests with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse beginning May 1 as par...

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