Renewed Calls for Bishop Malone's Resignation

Bishop Malone - John Hurley LIVE in studio at 3pm Monday

April 14, 2019 - 1:21 pm
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As Buffalo Bishop, Richard Malone conducted Palm Sunday Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, outside there was a renewed call for his resignation following the recent release of a list of 25 more members of the clergy accused of sexual abuse.

Victim's advocate, Dr. Robert Hoatson was among those protesting Sunday and said that he believes Malone has more names of abusive priests that are being kept under wraps, "We think there are files all over the Dioceses of Buffalo, in closets, in file cabinets or wherever...that still have not been revealed."

Hoatson added that Malone's handling of the abuse allegations prove he is not worthy of holding his current post, "The excuses he uses for not revealing these names is just beyond belief. The fact for example, that a deceased priest cannot defend himself if an allegation is made publicly, well, guess what? He should be thinking about the victim of that priest who came forward with that allegation."

Meanwhile, attorney Mitchell Garabedian, an attorney who represents multiple victims of alleged abuse by Diocese of Buffalo priests, released the following statement on the new list of names: 

"The recent release of 25 names of pedophile priests not previously named by Bishop Malone leads many parishioners and victims to believe that Bishop Malone is probably hiding the names of many more pedophile priests. Morally, Bishop Malone should immediately release all documents and information concerning the 25 recently named pedophile priests. Doing so will help the Catholic Church try to regain a sense of integrity and help victims try to heal."

Bishop Richard Malone will be LIVE in-studio with Bauerle and Bellavia Monday afternoon at 3pm to answer questions along with John Hurley of the Movement to Restore Trust.

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