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The Bishop Buffalo Catholic Diocese is remembering its first Polish bishop. Bishop Emeritus Edward Kmiec died Saturday evening at the age of 84 after a period of declining health.

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The Vatican has ordered an investigation of a sexual abuse allegation against a Brooklyn bishop who was previously named by Pope Francis to investigate the church's response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo.

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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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Nazareth College history professor Timothy Thibodeau, who studies the Catholic Church, says it is hard to know what long-term effects the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone will have on the Buffalo Catholic Diocese. Thibodeau says some Catholics will leave the church in disgust over Malone’s alleged cover-up of sexual misconduct by priests, but others will wait to see who replaces Malone and what reforms are put in place.

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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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With his removal as head of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese, Bishop Richard Malone will hold an ignominious place in history.  Professor Patrick Hornbeck, Chair of Theology at Fordham University, is an expert in canon law and has been following local developments.  Putting his tenure into context, Malone's actions were not among the worst things bishops have done, Hornbeck said. "Unfortunately, far from it.  But these are incredibly serious allegations that go to the heart of people's ability to trust."

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A key reporter in breaking the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis in Boston nearly two decades ago was in Buffalo Thursday, the same day Bishop Richard Malone exited his leadership post. Former reporter Matt Carroll said he sees similarities in the two situations.

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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.

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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.

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A mix of caution and anticipation is how many are reacting to a report suggesting Bishop Richard Malone will resign Wednesday as the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Malone has come under intense criticism for his handling of a clergy sex abuse scandal and a new chapter appears near.

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A journalist who has covered the Vatican for several news agencies is reporting that, according to numerous sources, Bishop Richard Malone will resign Wednesday and a temporary administrator has already been selected.

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Bishop Richard Malone, who returned to Buffalo Sunday night after a week-long visit to Rome, said Pope Francis, whom he met with last Friday, is well aware of the situation in his diocese as it continues to grapple with the fallout from decades of clergy sexual abuse.

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Bishops Richard Malone and Edward Grosz returned from Rome and a meeting with the Pope Sunday night, discreetly exiting Buffalo Niagara International Airport to avoid reporters and protestors.

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Bishop Richard Malone is formally denying a tweeted suggestion by a journalist who covers Vatican news that his resignation is "imminent."

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A correspondent for London-based weekly Catholic news publication The Tablet, citing "reliable sources," suggests Bishop Richard Malone's resignation is "imminent," in advance of a Friday meeting between Pope Francis and the bishops of dioceses of New York State.

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

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An out-of-town Catholic Church leader has ended a series of visits to gather information related to clergy sexual abuse cases in the Diocese of Buffalo. The Diocese of Brooklyn announced Thursday that Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn has completed his Apostolic Visitation.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn has issued a statement, saying Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio visited Buffalo earlier this week and interviewed 30 people as part of his Apostolic Visitation. Bishop DiMarzio is investigating the Buffalo Catholic Diocese's handling of sexual abuse cases. Movement to Restore Trust leader John Hurley said he was surprised the bishop had not contacted anyone from MRT, making him wonder the nature of the investigation.

The Vatican announced Thursday that a Brooklyn bishop will lead its Apostolic Visitation for the Diocese of Buffalo "in the near future." Bishop Richard Malone, who has been under intense scrutiny for how he has led the diocese through a sex abuse crisis and pending litigation related to it, says he welcomes the investigation.

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The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has created "a new protocol for dealing with credible allegations of sexual abuse against adults by bishops, priests, deacons, religious, lay ministers and seminarians." In a video message Tuesday, Bishop Richard Malone outlined the "Adult Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures," alongside an updated "Code of Pastoral Conduct for Clergy," which are both effective immediately.

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The Diocese of Rochester, which faces dozens of lawsuits filed under the Child Victims Act, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection Thursday morning. Bishop Richard Malone, in his most recent public comments, revealed it's an option still under consideration for the Diocese of Buffalo.

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Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone traveled to New York City this week as he faces a potential investigation from the cardinal of the Archdiocese of New York.

 

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Bishop Richard Malone again stated Friday afternoon he intends to remain as the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, one day after the Catholic lay persons group Movement to Restore Trust announced it had called for his resignation. An advocate for childhood sex abuse victims, whose client broke open what would become a major scandal in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, was back in his frequent spot Friday suggesting the MRT's stance may be a "tipping point."

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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.

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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.


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