Diocese Makes Determination on Three Priests Accused of Abuse

Accusations against one of the three substantiated

Tom Puckett
March 21, 2019 - 1:52 pm

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has made a determination on allegations of abuse against three priests.

The diocese says the independent Diocesan Review Board met Wednesday and carefully considered the reports of investigators Scott F. Riordan and Steven L. Halter who were asked to investigate allegations of abuse against three priests of the Diocese of Buffalo.

Based on the reports and advice from the board, Bishop Richard J. Malone has made the following determinations:

Based on the information at this time, an allegation of child sexual abuse against Rev. Ronald B. Mierzwa has been substantiated and he will remain on administrative leave while the results of the diocesan investigation are reviewed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican in Rome, who will make the final determination.

Based on the information at this time, allegations of child sexual abuse against Rev. John J. Sardina and Rev. Robert A. Stolinski have not been substantiated, and they have returned to active ministry.

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