ROME — A report out of Rome indicates Richard J. Malone, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, will resign. Malone, who has served as the diocese's bishop since 2012, is in Rome to visit Pope Francis with other bishops from across the state.

A report by Christopher Lamb, Rome correspondent for The Tablet — a Catholic international weekly review published in London — stated that Malone's resignation is 'imminent' after the recent completion of an apostolic visitation by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio. Lamb's report also noted that New York State bishops are due to meet with Pope Francis on Friday and noted that the papal nuncio to the United States, the Holy See's envoy and diplomatic representative, was informed of Malone's decision last week. 

Diocesan spokeswoman Kathy Spangler told TAPinto Greater Olean that the diocese has “received no information in that regard.” The diocese later released the following statement late Wednesday afternoon: 

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“Bishop Malone continues to serve as the leader of the Diocese of Buffalo. He is currently engaged with the other bishops of New York State in their Ad Limina visit, discussing with officials of the Holy See and with Pope Francis the areas of challenge and progress of the Catholic Church in New York State and the scope of the vibrant ministries serving the needs of New Yorkers, both Catholic and non-Catholic alike. When Bishop Malone returns to Buffalo he will be communicating further about his meeting with the Holy Father and the other participating bishops.”

Malone has been under fire since the spring of 2018 over the diocese's mishandling of clerical abuse and has been called on to resign by politicians and academic leaders, including St. Bonaventure University's president, Dr. Dennis DePerro. 

DePerro said he preferred not to comment until news of the bishop’s resignation becomes official.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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