BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– UPDATE: Multiple sources tell News 4 Bishop Richard Malone will take early retirement this week from the Buffalo Diocese.
Attorney Steve Boyd, who’s filed more than a hundred lawsuits under the Child Victims Act, reacted to reports of Bishop Malone’s resignation:
John Hurley of the Movement to Restore Trust, a group of Buffalo Catholics, said this decision by Bishop Malone would be unprecedented in the Buffalo Diocese.
“We have to move on, we have to salvage the church, we have to build from this point forward,” Hurley told News 4. “We have to promote healing and reconciliation; so we’re hopeful this could be the start of that.”
Attorney Michael Taheri came to News 4 on Tuesday morning and shared his thoughts on Malone’s potential resignation.
ORIGINAL: There’s another report that Bishop Malone is stepping down.
A report by Rocco Palmo of “Whispers in the Loggia” says the Bishop will resign on Wednesday.
It goes on to say that the Holy See will name Bishop Edward Scharfenberger as the Apostolic Administrator. He’s currently the Bishop in Albany.
News 4 reached out to the Albany Diocese who said in part, “there has been no announcement from the Holy See…. unless and until the Holy See makes an announcement, we cannot offer any comment.”
The Buffalo Diocese says they have no comment at this time.
His resignation would not be official until accepted by the Holy See.