Msgr. Michael Harrington – Diocese of Buffalo

Monsignor Michael Harrington

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1942

Removed: 2018

Died: 1989 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1943                St. Augustine; The Assumption (South Jacksonville, FL)
  • 1944-1949      Our Lady of the Rosary (Niagara Falls, NY)
  • 1950                The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1951                Our Lady of the Perpetual Help (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1952-1954      St. Francis Xavier’s (Buffalo, NY) 
  • 1955-1959      St. Thomas Aquinas (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1960                St. Margaret (Buffalo, NY) 
  • 1961-1988      Immaculate Conception (Buffalo, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Michael Harrington:

Monsignor Michael Harrington was the pastor of Immaculate Conception in Buffalo for 25 years. He was also director of the Catholic Information Center, a storefront on Delaware Avenue that served people interested in learning about Catholicism.

According to media reports, in August 2019, a man filed a civil lawsuit accusing Monsignor Harrington of fondling him when he was a 10-year-old altar boy in 1965, while on a trip to New York City. He said the abuse took place while Monsignor Harrington was bathing him in the hotel room. The man said he told Bishop McNulty, who was on his paper route, about the abuse. He said Bishop McNulty said he’d “take care of it” and gave the boy a generous tip. 

Another man came forward with a similar allegation of abuse by Monsignor Harrington at about age 12, while on a trip to Montreal. The man said Monsignor Harrington regularly took altar boys with him on trips.

“At the time he chose me to do this, I thought it was an honor,” he said. “It turned out to be something different,” the man said. 

In March 2018, Monsignor Harrington’s 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.” The list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Monsignor Harrington retired and died in 1989.

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