Bishop Malone will not march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year, according to a news release.
The statement from the Diocese of Buffalo said the decision is based on the prevention of “the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade from being used as a platform to address unrelated issues – however important those issues may be.”
“It is not the proper forum for controversy,” the Diocese said on Friday, February 22.
There have been calls for Malone not to march in the parade in recent weeks.
The Bishop has chosen Father David Richards, Chaplain of the United Irish American Association, to march in his place as a representative of the Diocese of Buffalo.
Malone will perform the Mass at Saint Joseph’s Cathedral on Sunday March 17th at 10:30 a.m., before the parade. .