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A "Renewal Task Force" has been formed to address the daunting financial reality facing the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

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Members of the Diocese of Buffalo expressed solidarity in prayer with people advocating for justice in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests.

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The Buffalo Catholic Diocese says it is accelerating the realignment of its operations because of the coronavirus.

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Houses of worship have been caught up in the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sunday, Bishop Edward Scharfenberger announced there will be no regularly scheduled public masses in the Diocese of Buffalo until further notice.

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There is more fallout from Apostolic Administrator Bishop Edward Schargenberger's decision to hold a meeting with Buffalo Catholic Diocese priests, including some suspended as credibly accused of sexual abuse.

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The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has announced the formal filing for Chapter 11 reorganization in federal court, under the U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Code.

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The interim head of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese is getting some sharp criticism for holding a private mass with several priests accused of child sex abuse.

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The Director of Communications for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has stepped down after just over a year in the role.

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James Faluszczak, a former priest and well-known Buffalo advocate for survivors of clergy abuse, is calling on the new interim administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo to release the Vatican’s full report into its handling of sexual abuse cases.

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Chapter 11 bankruptcy is an option for a Buffalo diocese that is facing numerous lawsuits along with state and federal investigations. There have been several filings in recent years by religious orders or Dioceses around the country. So what comes next? Bankruptcy expert and UB Academic Affairs Vice-Dean Todd Brown spoke with Canisius College President John Hurley on the matter at this weekend’s Movement to Restore Trust symposium.

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Bishop Ed Scharfenberger, the interim administrator for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, attended a Movement to Restore Trust symposium at Canisius College Saturday morning. Scharfenberger was appointed to the interim role after Bishop Richard Malone resigned following backlash over the diocese's handling of accusations of clergy sexual misconduct.

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Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger will serve as interim administrator for the troubled Buffalo Diocese after embattled Bishop Richard Malone’s resignation. Scharfenberger returned from Buffalo Thursday afternoon. The bishop will be making the commute regularly.

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The Movement to Restore Trust was one of the last to call for Bishop Richard Malone's resignation, as it instead worked to implement reforms in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese over the past year. With Wednesday's acceptance of Malone's "early retirement" by the Vatican, the local laity's response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis is heralding "a new day."

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"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.