Priest Stayed in Ministry 20 Years After Paper Boy Told Bishop of Sex Abuse

Aug. 15, 2019

Angelo Ervolina said he was a 10-year-old altar boy when his parish pastor abused him during a trip to New York City. (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)
Angelo Ervolina said he was a 10-year-old altar boy when his parish pastor abused him during a trip to New York City.

Retired parole officer Angelo J. Ervolina said he first met Bishop James A. McNulty in 1965 on his newspaper route, which included the bishop’s mansion on Oakland Place.

Ervolina said he proudly told the bishop he was heading soon on a trip to New York City with his parish pastor, Monsignor Michael J. Harrington.

But when the bishop asked him later about the trip, Ervolina wasn’t so cheerful. Instead of telling McNulty about the sites he had visited, Ervolina said he revealed that Harrington had fondled him while he took a bath in the hotel room he shared with the priest. Ervolina said he was about 10 years old at the time.
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