clergy sex abuse crisis

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It's been a little more than a month since Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany assumed the additional role of apostolic administrator for the Diocese of Buffalo. As he enters his second month as the interim caretaker of the diocese, Scharfenberger is speaking about the work to sort through a painful and extensive clergy sex abuse crisis, admitting that Chapter 11 bankruptcy appears likely.

Avery Schneider, WBFO

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany, who earlier this week was named the apostolic administrator for the Diocese of Buffalo, tells a Catholic weekly publication that bankruptcy is a "likelihood" for the diocese.

Avery Schneider, WBFO

He came to Buffalo saying he'll be doing a lot of listening and learning. Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany met diocesan staff and local news media Wednesday, just hours after the Vatican confirmed the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone.

Diocese of Albany

"Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard J. Malone from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Buffalo and has appointed Most Reverend Edward B. Scharfenberger, Bishop of Albany, as the Apostolic Administrator of Buffalo to serve until the installation of a new bishop," announced the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops early Wednesday morning.

Michael Mroziak / WBFO News

Pope Francis is expected to meet with Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone at the Vatican this week.

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Catholic priests from across the region will be meeting in East Aurora Tuesday to discuss the clergy sex abuse crisis.


Nick Lippa / WBFO News

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone gathered local media members Sunday to read a statement in which he pledged to remain in his post despite widening calls for his resignation. He took no questions while vowing to take corrective measures in dealing with accusations of sexual abuse by clergy members.


Chris Caya WBFO News

Just four days before its deadline, the 2018 Catholic Charities Appeal has surpassed its goal.