church sex abuse crisis

Sustainers make pledge drives shorter.

Sustainers make pledge drives shorter.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The organizing committee of the Movement to Restore Trust, a panel of lay Catholics formed last year to address concerns about the Diocese of Buffalo's child sex abuse scandal, has asked Bishop Richard Malone to resign, it said in a written statement issued Thursday afternoon.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Bishop Richard Malone, leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, stated once again Wednesday he is obligated to lead the diocese through its tough times and, thus, he will not resign. Meanwhile, hours after WKBW-TV broadcast a story featuring audio secretly recorded by Malone's former secretary, the bishop suggested Fr. Ryszard Biernat broke church law by doing so.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Ash Wednesday, which opens the solemn Christian season of Lent, is a period of time during which faithful examine their own selves, sometimes commit to sacrifices such as giving up an indulgence and seek spiritual cleansing. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, acknowledging its clergy sexual abuse scandal, is marking Ash Wednesday 2019 as the start of a year-long prayer of healing for church abuse victims and the church itself.

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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo announced Wednesday afternoon that Father Samuel T. Giangreco, Jr. has been placed on admnistrative leave following a complaint of "sexual misconduct involving an adult female."