WNY priest says Bishop Malone not effective in role


October 29, 2018

By Steve Brown

When asked by 2 On Your Side about the future of the Buffalo Diocese, the pastor of St. Bernadette Church said he does not think the bishop can stay in his current role. The comments about Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone follow the scathing report on 60 Minutes that showcased the priest abuse scandal in the WNY diocese.

Father Paul Seil shared his thoughts on the issue with 2 On Your Side’s Steve Brown on Monday morning.

“I do not believe he (Bishop Malone) can be effective as a bishop any longer,” said Fr. Seil.

In the report that aired on CBS on Sunday, two whistleblowers within the diocese said the scandal is much bigger than the diocese is claiming.

Bishop Malone’s former executive secretary Siobhan O’Connor, told 60 minutes she knows of 118 priests listed in complaint reports. The diocese originally only released 42 names.

The priest of St. Mary’s Church in Swormville, Fr. Robert Zilliox, says there are “at least eight or nine” priests… who should have been removed from the ministry.

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