A report by an independent news source indicates that Richard J. Malone, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, will resign on Wednesday.
According to a Whispers in the Loggia blog report by Rocco Palmo, an independent journalist who covers the Catholic Church, Pope Francis will name Edward Scharfenberger, Bishop of Albany, as apostolic administrator of Buffalo until a permanent replacement is installed.
In an email to TAPinto Greater Olean, diocese spokeswoman Kathy Spangler said, “The Diocese has no comment at this time.”
A Nov. 13 report by Christopher Lamb, Rome correspondent for The Tablet, a Catholic international weekly review published in London, stated that Malone's resignation was "imminent" after the recent completion of an apostolic visitation by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio, which followed reports of a lack of oversight by the diocese regarding clerical abuse.
Lamb’s report came during Malone’s Ad Limina pilgrimage to Rome with other bishops from across New York State and two days before he was due to meet with the Holy Father. Following his return, Malone released a video statement, confirming that the results of the Apostolic Visitation by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio are with the Congregation for Bishops and acknowledged a conversation he had with Congregation Prefect Cardinal Marc Ouellet. However, he did not specify further.
In the statement, Malone, asked Western New York Catholics “for your prayers and patience while the path forward is discerned.”
This is a developing story, and it will be updated as more information becomes available.
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