Buffalo Priest Tells Congregation He Was Sexually Abused by a Priest

Sept. 12, 2018
Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone talks with the Rev. Ryszard Biernat, right, in a 2014 photo. (Robert Kirkham/News file photo)
Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone talks with the Rev. Ryszard Biernat, right, in a 2014 photo.

A Buffalo Diocese priest who serves as the bishop’s secretary told parishioners at a Mass this past weekend that he was a victim of sexual abuse by a priest, according to one worshiper.

The Rev. Ryszard S. Biernat confirmed to The Buffalo News that he revealed to the congregation of St. John the Baptist Church in the Town of Tonawanda that he had been abused.

But he declined to comment further about what happened to him.

Biernat, 37, has told other people in the diocese that a veteran Buffalo priest sexually harassed and abused him when Biernat was in seminary studying for the priesthood.

Biernat did not name the priest in his remarks at St. John the Baptist Church. The News has learned that the priest was suspended from ministry and is not active in a parish.
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