Bishop-designate Michael Fisher will officially take the reins of the scandal-plagued diocese Jan. 15.
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The Buffalo diocese filed for bankruptcy in February of this year, after it was named in hundreds of clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed in New York courts.
Canon law requires that dioceses provide for the "decent support" of all incardinated clerics, with bishops required to offer at least the provision for basic sustenance, even to clerics not in ministry.
In September 2019, Fr. Biernat took recordings of several conversations with Bishop Malone to a local media outlet.
In September, a priest who was sexually abused as a seminarian alleged that Bishop Grosz responded to his 2003 report of the abuse by threatening his vocation.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone’s metropolitan archbishop, under new Vatican norms.
The lawsuit alleges specific instances of sexual abuse by priests, and claims that the diocese failed in its duty of care towards children by allowing abusive priests to have contact with minors through parishes and schools.
Siobhan O’Connor tells the Register how she went from living a dream job to leaking chancery documents after seeing how the diocese handled the complaints of victims of sex abuse.
Diocesan officials, including Bishop Richard Malone, held a news conference Nov. 5 on investigation process for allegations of sexual abuse.