22:59 03.10.2019 (updated 23:16 03.10.2019) Short URL
The Vatican authorized an investigation on Thursday into the diocese of Buffalo whose bishop has ignored requests for resignation because of his handling of clergy allegations.
The "apostolic visit" will take place in the near future, led by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, according to the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington. DiMarzio will forward his findings to the headquarters of the Catholic Church in the Vatican.
Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone said the visit was welcome and would fully cooperate.
The western New York diocese is the subject of dozens of lawsuits by people who claim to have been sexually abused by priests as children. Although most of the abuse occurred long before Malone's arrival in Buffalo, he acknowledged failures in handling complaints involving adult victims.
Last year, two key members of Malone's team publicly criticized the bishop. His former secretary recorded him calling a priest a "sick puppet" and questioning his future.
A group of lay Catholics defending Malone began to resign.
Malone says he will serve as much as he can and wants to be "part of the renovation of the diocese of Buffalo.
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