Buffalo Diocese releases statement on “60 Minutes” interview

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The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has released a statement on Sunday’s “60 Minutes” story, which featured interviews with a former executive assistant to Bishop Richard Malone, a Buffalo-area priest and a deacon who has called for Malone’s resignation. 

The diocese said in the statement that “the material reported in the stories was incomplete, out of context and in some cases plainly inaccurate”. 

We know that some clergy and lay people have chosen to speak their minds and publicize confidential documents about the current crisis in our diocese  These individuals say that they acted according to their consciences.  We take them at their word, as we did before.  If they have any specific matters that they believe need to be addressed, we would appreciate that information.

People will make up their own minds once they have heard our response to these stories.  For our part, at the Diocese of Buffalo, we intend to better utilize our platforms moving forward as a catalyst to share important information, especially about the abuse crisis.  Those platforms include: our website, social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and our monthly WNY Catholic newspaper.  Several very positive changes are in the works to more effectively, transparently and actively communicate with the public.

Malone declined to be interviewed for the 60 Minutes story. He issued a statement instead, which can be read here. 

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