Bishop Malone Accused Of ‘Cover-Up’ With Active Buffalo Diocese Priest


The mother of a seminarian wants to know why Bishop Richard J. Malone is allowing a Cheektowaga pastor to remain in ministry despite allegations of inappropriate contact with children, harassment of a seminarian and perhaps the greatest Catholic sin of all: violating the seal of confession.

Those were the allegations brought months ago against the Rev. Jeffrey Nowak, pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians Church, by Marie Bojanowski, the mother of a Buffalo Diocese seminarian whom Nowak allegedly sexually harassed.

“I would say it’s a cover-up,” Bojanowski said. “Bishop Malone has done absolutely nothing.”

Despite putting the complaints in writing and submitting them to the diocese — and pushing the bishop’s staff for answers — Bojanowski said Bishop Malone has never responded to her, and the bishop has allowed Nowak to remain pastor of the Cheektowaga parish.

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Additionally, 7 Eyewitness News has learned from Buffalo Diocese sources that Malone — without any notice to parishioners — is secretly planning to send Nowak for psychiatric evaluation at one of the Catholic Church’s “treatment centers,” which for decades were unsuccessful in treating priests who engaged in abusive sexual behavior with parishioners.

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