Erie County Legislator Pat Burke is calling on Bishop Richard Malone to step down from his position.
He says this is in response to allegations of abuse and cover-ups in the local area.
Burke released a statement:
“I believe we have only scratched the surface of the problem. In just the past several months, the story has grown from reports of a few isolated incidents, to reports that the local diocese knew about this issue for decades and intentionally hid the truth from parishioners and the public at large. Their silence perpetuated sexual crimes against children. If any other organization were responsible for conspiring to hide pedophiles among its ranks, the public would demand the immediate resignations of anyone in leadership. The time has come for Bishop Malone to step down. Our community needs a full accounting of what happened here.”
Buffalo Common Council member Chris Scanlon voiced his opinion on the matter too, agreeing with Burke that Malone should step down.
“Bishop Malone knowingly and repeatedly put children in danger, he should resign immediately,” Scanlon wrote on Twitter.
Rep. Brian Higgins also called for Malone’s resignation Friday, stating on Twitter:
“Overwhelming evidence recently released clearly shows that Bishop Malone has exhibited poor leadership and knew about children and others put in harm’s way. He must resign.
@DAErieCountyNY Flynn & @NewYorkStateAG Underwood must immediately launch a full investigation.”