Bishop speaks about releasing list of priests accused of abuse


March 21, 2018

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Bishop Richard Malone is speaking for the first time since the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo released the names of 42 priests who were accused of sexually abusing minors.

The list dates back to the 1950’s and includes priests that have multiple allegations against them. Some of the priests on the list have already passed away. All of the priests on the list were removed from ministry, were retired, or left the ministry since the allegations surfaced.

In an interview with 7 Eyewitness News, Malone admitted past policies were only partially adequate when it came to addressing cases of abuse, because they sometimes allowed for accused priests to return to ministry.

“When there was an allegation of abuse that had what we call a semblance of truth, that priest would be removed from ministry and usually sent for some kind of assessment by professionals,” Malone said. “Sometimes in the past, the verdict would be that they could return to ministry.”

Malone said the Diocese now exercises a “Zero Tolerance Policy” and would never allow a priest who has been accused of sexual abuse return to ministry.

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