Past Vatican practice suggests Buffalo’s bishop won’t be ousted soon

Buffalo News

September 29, 2019

By Jay Tokasz

The saga of a disgraced Catholic bishop in Missouri reveals how unlikely it is that the pope would quickly force Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone to resign over his handling of a clergy abuse scandal.

In 2012, Bishop Robert W. Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph became the first Catholic prelate in the country to be convicted of protecting from prosecution a priest who had child pornography. A judge found Finn guilty of a misdemeanor for failing to tell police that one of his priests collected lewd images of young girls on his computer.

The case prompted an uproar — including an online petition signed by 263,000 people calling for Finn’s resignation — and generated international media attention.

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