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Diocese named wrong priest on list of priests accused of sexual abuse

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo mistakenly put the wrong James Hayes on its list of 42 priests facing allegations of sexual abuse involving minors, a diocese official said Thursday.

The Rev. James P. Hayes, a priest who died in 1988, should have been on the list the diocese issued Tuesday, said spokesman George Richert after being alerted to the possible error.

The Rev. James F. Hayes, a priest who the diocese said died in the 1990s, should not have been put on the list, he said.

"We made an unfortunate mistake," said Richert.

He said he did not know how the error occurred.

Monsignor James P. Hayes, the priest who should have been on the list, was a longtime pastor of All Saints Parish in Riverside, serving there from around 1972 until his death. Prior to that, he served at Ascension in North Tonawanda and Our Lady of Victory in Frewsburg.

Bishop Richard J. Malone directed that the list of accused priests be made public for the first time on Tuesday, a move that advocates of clergy sexual abuse had been demanding for years. Malone said Tuesday that the diocese had been working on the list for months, reviewing old files.

Richert also said Thursday that one of the priests on the list, the Rev. Chester S. Stachewicz, is no longer alive. He died in 2010. The list issued by the diocese indicated he was alive.

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