Buffalo Diocese

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger
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Brendan Keany
December 04, 2019 - 7:30 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN) - Although everyone knew it was coming, the Catholic Church has officially announced that Pope Francis is honoring Bishop Richard Malone's resignation request. In his place, the Holy Father appointed Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger as the Apostolic Administrator of the Buffalo...
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Apostolic Administrator Bishop Edward Scharfenberger
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WBEN Newsroom
December 04, 2019 - 11:44 am
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - "My family just got a little bigger," beamed Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger as he met the media Wednesday morning at the Catholic Center in Downtown Buffalo. The new Apostolic Administrator of the Buffalo Diocese was officially appointed to his new role four hours...
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Brendan Keany
November 17, 2019 - 8:41 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN) - Last week, Bishop Richard Malone flew to the Vatican for an "ad limina" visit, in which he met with all of the bishops of New York State, as well as Pope Francis. During the week, there was a report out of Rome that Malone's resignation was "imminent." NEW: Hearing from reliable...
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Diocese of Buffalo with two dozen protesters calling for Bishop Malone's resignation. September 10, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Brendan Keany
October 10, 2019 - 4:12 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN) - Last week, the Holy See authorized an apostolic visitation for Buffalo's Catholic Diocese, and while the timeline for the investigation was rather vague, it was expected that Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio would begin his duty "in the near future." As it turns out, the near...
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Brendan Keany
October 04, 2019 - 12:10 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN) - On Thursday, it was announced that the Holy See authorized an apostolic visitation for Buffalo's Catholic Diocese. "An apostolic visitation is an expression of the Pope's concern for a local church - a local church is a diocese," said Monsignor Robert Zapfel of St. Leo the Great in...
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Tom Puckett
September 24, 2019 - 3:29 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has unveiled a new policy of priest misconduct toward adults. Bishop Richard Malone mentioned this during a WBEN interview last week . "Sexual misconduct by clergy directed toward adults is contrary to Christian principles and inconsistent with the...
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - "Priests are being put between their people and the Bishop and it's no place to be. It's very stressful," said Fr. Paul Seil, Pastor of St. Bernadette's Church in Orchard Park. Seil expressing no surprise that Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone is commited to staying as leader of...
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Tom Puckett
August 28, 2019 - 3:35 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has placed a priest accused of sexual harassment by a former seminarian on administrative leave. Last week, Matthew Bojanowski quit studies at Christ the King Seminary over claims the diocese took no action against Father Jeffrey Nowak. Earlier this...
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - "This is the right step for victims." Maureen Hurley, of the Lay Catholic group, Movement to Restore Trust(MRT), said she can't say she's surprised at the scope of the claims filed on the first day under the Child Victim's Act. 110 local claims were filed on day one under the...
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Brendan Keany
August 13, 2019 - 1:06 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - On Tuesday morning, representatives from Weitz & Luxenberg, a law firm from New York City, stood in front of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo to announce their plans to file more than 100 cases in Erie County when the one-year look-back window under the Child...
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