Top officials leave Buffalo Diocese posts amid turmoil

The Buffalo News

August 29, 2018

By Jay Tokasz

Buffalo Diocese spokesman George Richert is leaving the job, as calls intensify for Bishop Richard J. Malone to step down amid a scandal over his handling of sex abuse and sexual harassment allegations.

The diocese announced on its website this afternoon that Richert will step down as director of communications, effective Sept. 7.

Richert, a former television reporter, had been in the post since 2016. The announcement followed recent calls for Malone to resign from Rep. Brian Higgins, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, and others.

“I am extremely grateful to George for his counsel during his tenure with the diocese, especially in these tumultuous times,” Malone said in the statement on the diocese’s website. “George was a valued member of my leadership team, respected in the community, and a gentleman of high integrity. I wish him the very best as he pursues other opportunities.”

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