Diocese of Buffalo, NY: Bishop Malone delivers message to the faithful Fri, Sep 7th 2018 11:00 am

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Bishop Malone delivers message to the faithful Fri, Sep 7th 2018 11:00 am Bishop Richard J. Malone delivered the following message to the faithful in the Diocese of Buffalo. His letter was read at Masses throughout the diocese on the weekend of September 8 and 9, 2018: Dear Friends in Christ,The papers and airwaves have been filled recently with much bad news about the abuse crisis in our Church and the manner in which it has been handled by Church leaders at the local, national, and international levels. Unfortunately, many of the criticisms of the leadership are justified. Many of you have voiced your opinions, directly or indirectly. Pointing to my own failures and errors in judgment, some have called for my resignation. Many others have urged me to stay but to make significant changes in the way our diocese responds to this crisis. As I have prayerfully considered all …

Catholic News Agency: Bishop Malone says he fell short in handling allegations, but won’t resign

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Bishop Malone says he fell short in handling allegations, but won’t resign Credit: Patrick McPartland via Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0) Buffalo, N.Y., Sep 5, 2018 / 05:39 pm (CNA) Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo is resisting demands for his resignation after recently published documents suggest that he mishandled allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct by priests in his diocese. “My handling of recent claims from some of our parishioners concerning sexual misconduct with adults unquestionably has fallen short of the standard to which you hold us, and to which we hold ourselves,” Bishop Malone said in an Aug. 26 statement to members of the diocese. In hindsight, he said, some allegations “which at the time may have seemed hazy or difficult to substantiate—warranted more firm or swift action.” However, he rejected calls from local Catholics and public officials that he step down, saying, “The shepherd does not desert the flock …

Bishop of Buffalo ramps up security

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Bishop Malone ramps up security after 7 Eyewitness News obtains secret documents ‘Secret clergy files’ cited in newspaper Charlie Specht WKBW Posted 5:34 PM, Sep 4, 2018 BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – It’s a scene of fear and paranoia inside the Diocese of Buffalo. Monday’s front page story in The Buffalo News centers on Bishop Richard J. Malone’s reaction to a two-part 7 Eyewitness News investigation into Malone’s handling of priests who were accused of sexual abuse and harassment. The stories were based largely on church documents, or what The News called “secret clergy files.” The newspaper reported the disclosure of those documents caused the diocese to post security guards at the doors to its headquarters, change locks, set up a video camera and bring in a computer expert to install encryption software on email accounts. A diocesan lawyer even accused 7 Eyewitness News of hacking church emails — a claim that is false. The newspaper article caused …