Fr. Bernard M. Mach (“Corky”) – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Bernard M. Mach (“Corky”)

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1964 

Removed: 1993

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1965                St. Mary’s (East Arcade, NY)
  • 1966                Holy Cross (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1967-1968      St. Vincent (North Evans, NY)
  • 1969-1977      St. Gerard (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1978-1979      St. John Vianney (Orchard Park, NY)
  • 1980                St. Vincent de Paul (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1981                Sacred Heart (Niagara Falls, NY)
  • 1982-1989      Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1990                Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Buffalo, NY) St. Catherine of Siena Church (West Seneca, NY)
  • 1991-1993      St. Mary (Lockport, NY)
  • 1994                Absent on leave
  • 1995-1998      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Bernard M. Mach (“Corky”):

According to media reports, in the fall of 1991, Father Bernard M. Mach (“Corky”) was accused of fondling a 12-year-old boy in the rectory of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lockport. In January 1993, his parents met with Father Mach and two months later they met with the chancellor. They filed a $2.9 million lawsuit when the Diocese of Buffalo failed to pay for counseling. 

The suit alleged that Father Mach showed the boy pornographic movies, fondled him and exposed himself before forcing himself on the boy during an overnight stay with the priest in late October or early November 1991. According to the suit, he told the victim that what had happened was “normal”, and also urged the boy not to tell anyone because it “could ruin” his reputation as a priest. Father Mach was placed on leave in December 1993. The suit was settled confidentially in 1998. 

Publicity of the case prompted more accusations against Father Mach. In December 1993, he was also accused, along with Father John Aurelio, of sexually abusing three children together. Three men, all independently of each other, went to Niagara County officials, saying the two priests had sexually abused them in a house in East Aurora when they were children. Father Aurelio admitted to police that he and Father Mach had, in fact, sodomized the young boys in the 1970s, in a house the priests shared in East Aurora.

Father Mach retired to Florida without privileges in 1999. He died in February 2004. In March 2018, his name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s list of priests who “were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.” No information regarding the allegations was disclosed, however, the list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. In April 2019, he was named in another lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse. In August 2019, he was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act, of molesting a 7-year-old child at St. Gerard’s in Buffalo in 1974. 

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