"Bishop Richard J. Malone and Vic. Gen. Msgr. David S. Slubecky" by Patrick McPartland / CC BY-SA 3.0

Buffalo Bishop Resigns After Scandal Over Secret List of Abusive Priests

Dec 4, 2019

By Sharon Otterman

First, a whistle-blower revealed that Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo had kept files about abusive priests that he hid from the public. Then leaked recordings showed that he was reluctant to remove a parish priest whom he called a “sick puppy.”

On Wednesday, after months of pressure from priests and lay leaders, the Vatican said in a statement that it had accepted the resignation of Bishop Malone, effective immediately.

While the statement from Rome did not specify a reason behind the resignation, a second statement, from the Vatican’s office in Washington D.C., made clear that Bishop Malone had asked to retire early after being told the results of a Vatican investigation into his handling of the clergy sex abuse crisis.

Bishop Malone, in a letter to the diocese, said he had made the decision to step down “freely and voluntarily” after being made aware of the conclusions the investigation.

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