Picketers say protests will continue unless Malone steps down


September 19, 2018

By Nick Lippa

Every year many judges, attorneys and public officials gather for the Red Mass of the St. Thomas More Guild—a celebration to bless the legal community. This year was a little different. Protesters lined up outside of St. Joseph Cathedral late Tuesday morning asking those who entered to call for Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone’s resignation.
Ronald Cinelli is a Senior Attorney for the Children’s Legal Center in Buffalo. He said he is protesting the continuing cover-up of abuse.

“I think more lawyers should be out here protesting. I think by their presence in mass, they’re implicitly giving an ok to Bishop Malone’s handling of this scandal and that’s just wrong. He’s continuing to lie,” Cinelli said.

Malone and the Diocese of Buffalo were named as defendants in a lawsuit filed last month. The plaintiff alleges the bishop and diocese continue to withhold information on dozens of past child sexual abuse claims.

Cinelli and his wife have done more than just hold picket signs.

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