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Bishop Malone responds to Portland story
Tue, Nov 27th 2018 02:00 pm
Several media inquiries were received by the Diocese of Buffalo this past week regarding Father Thomas Lee and Father Paul Coughlin, two cases handled during Bishop Malone's time as bishop in Portland, Maine. Please find a statement below from Bishop Malone that was shared with media outlets as well as documents concerning both Father Lee and Father Coughlin.
Father Giangreco placed on administrative leave
Wed, Nov 21st 2018 04:00 pm
After receiving a complaint of sexual misconduct with an adult female, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Samuel T. Giangreco Jr. on administrative leave as an investigation continues.
Attorneys, social worker and pediatrician added to diocesan board
Wed, Nov 21st 2018 02:45 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo has announced four new members of the Diocesan Review Board (DRB) - Lee Coppola, John F. Coyne, M.D., Hon. Salvatore R. Martoche and Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF. The DRB advises Bishop Richard J. Malone in his assessment of allegations of child or vulnerable adult sexual abuse.
Diocese releases new list of priests
Wed, Nov 7th 2018 09:55 am
On Nov. 5, 2018, the Diocese of Buffalo released another list of priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor. This is in addition to the original list published in March 2018. Priests who received a single allegation after their death are not included. Death dates for diocesan priests are in parenthesis.
Father Leising and Father Sajdak placed on administrative leave
Sat, Nov 3rd 2018 05:30 pm
After receiving abuse complaints against Msgr. Frederick R. Leising and Father Ronald P. Sajdak, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Msgr. Leising and Father Sajdak on administrative leave as an investigation continues.
Statement regarding '8 or 9 accused priests'
Fri, Nov 2nd 2018 02:00 pm
The '60 Minutes' story that aired on Sunday clearly indicated that the Diocese of Buffalo is allowing 8 or 9 priests to remain in active ministry despite having credible child sexual abuse allegations against them.
Father Juran placed on administrative leave
Wed, Oct 31st 2018 03:15 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Father Michael P. Juran, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Juran on administrative leave as an investigation continues. Please note that this administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint.
Diocesan statement regarding '60 Minutes' and WKBW stories
Mon, Oct 29th 2018 02:00 pm
Two stories aired on Sunday, Oct. 28, regarding the Diocese. Many have sought our comment about both. Therefore, we issue this statement and will provide information in the days ahead that will add perspective to the stories. For now, we simply observe that the material reported in the stories was incomplete, out of context and in some cases plainly inaccurate.
Diocese condemns anti-semitic attack in Pittsburgh
Mon, Oct 29th 2018 12:25 pm
Bishop Malone and the entire Diocese of Buffalo family would like to express the sympathy and prayers of the Catholic Community of Western New York after the horrific events in Pittsburgh yesterday. We condemn and deplore the anti-Semitic attacks on the Tree of Life Synagogue. We send our heartfelt condolences to all those who were tragically affected by the hate-driven acts of evil.
Statement from Bishop Richard J. Malone to '60 Minutes'
Sat, Oct 27th 2018 08:00 am
The following is the statement Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo released to "60 Minutes" in advance of their upcoming story on the Diocese of Buffalo. We are also releasing it to the public.
Father Dolinic placed on administrative leave
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 03:00 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Father Louis S. Dolinic, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Dolinic on administrative leave as an investigation continues. Please note that this administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint.
Diocese institutes Office of Professional Responsibility
Mon, Oct 1st 2018 03:00 pm
The bishop is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven L. Halter as director of professional responsibility for the diocese. Halter, who previously served as a special agent in the Buffalo office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will begin his new position on Monday, Oct. 1.
Father Gatto placed on administrative leave
Thu, Sep 27th 2018 03:00 pm
Yesterday afternoon, the diocese received a complaint against Father Joseph C. Gatto involving an alleged sexual advance made on an adult. Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Gatto on administrative leave as an investigation continues.
Father Mierzwa placed on administrative leave
Mon, Sep 24th 2018 03:00 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Father Ronald B. Mierzwa, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Mierzwa on administrative leave as an investigation continues.
Father Sardina placed on administrative leave
Thu, Sep 13th 2018 02:00 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Father John J. Sardina, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Sardina on administrative leave as an investigation continues.
Father Robert Yetter placed on administrative leave
Mon, Aug 27th 2018 02:50 pm
After receiving a new abuse complaint against Father Robert Yetter, Bishop Richard J. Malone has asked for and received the resignation of Father Yetter as pastor of St. Mary's of Swormville.
Announcing new actions to stop abuse
Sun, Aug 26th 2018 02:00 pm
The following is a statement from Bishop Richard J. Malone, on Sunday, August 26, outlining new actions to help handle cases of clerical sexual abuse against both children and adults in the Diocese of Buffalo:
Update on priests placed on administrative leave
Thu, Jun 28th 2018 02:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo has released the following update regarding priests placed on administrative leave:
Father Wolski placed on administrative leave
Thu, May 31st 2018 02:30 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Rev. Mark J. Wolski, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Wolski on administrative leave as an investigation continues.
Father Smith and Father Venne placed on administrative leave
Mon, Apr 23rd 2018 02:00 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Father Arthur S. Smith, of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Depew, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Smith on administrative leave as an investigation continues. Bishop Malone has also placed Father Samuel J. Venne on administrative leave after receiving an abuse complaint. Father Venne is a retired priest serving at St. Stephen's Parish on Grand Island.
Father Riter placed on administrative leave
Mon, Mar 26th 2018 02:00 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Father Dennis G. Riter, Bishop Richard J Malone has placed Father Riter on administrative leave as an investigation continues.
Diocese announces Compensation Program for victims of sexual abuse
Thu, Mar 1st 2018 10:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced the establishment of a voluntary Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) for those who have made claims that they were sexually abused as a child by a member of the clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo. Individuals who have previously made claims will be contacted and invited to participate in this voluntary program offering monetary settlements.
Collections for disaster relief
Tue, Sep 26th 2017 12:45 pm
Following our special collections to raise relief funds for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Diocese of Buffalo is announcing a third special collection in the coming weeks to aid the victims of Hurricane Maria and the Mexican Earthquake.
Pope Francis urges world to reduce greenhouse gases
Fri, Jun 26th 2015 01:00 pm
In a groundbreaking letter sent to all Roman Catholic bishops, known as an encyclical, Pope Francis gave the world a failing grade when it comes to addressing climate change.
Bishop Malone's statement on same-sex marriage ruling
Fri, Jun 19th 2015 01:00 pm
I am bitterly disappointed that the majority of justices of the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to overturn the definition of marriage, which has remained unchanged for more than two millennia.
Bishop, religious react to pope's 'Laudato Si'
Thu, Jun 18th 2015 02:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone spoke of the importance of Pope Francis' message during a press conference held at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Thursday.
Bishop Malone featured on "EWTN Live"
Thu, Jun 18th 2015 02:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone discussed the current status and future of several religious liberty issues on "EWTN Live" Wednesday night.
New windows in Humphrey oratory dedicated by Bishop Malone
Mon, May 11th 2015 01:00 pm
Bright sunshine greeted the Most Rev. Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, during his visit to St. Pacificus Oratory in Humphrey Sunday to bless and dedicate new windows in the small country house of worship.
Texas governor says response to prayer after accident made him stronger
Thu, May 7th 2015 01:00 pm
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has not always lived life in a wheelchair. He was on his morning jog 31 years ago when a falling tree broke his spinal cord, leaving him partially paralyzed.
Bishop Malone to deliver keynote address at National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in nation's capital
Tue, May 5th 2015 01:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone will talk about family life and marriage as one of two keynote speakers during the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Thursday at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C.
Robert Bennett appointed to Catholic School Advisory Council
Tue, May 5th 2015 01:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone has named former New York State Regent Chancellor Robert M. Bennett to the Diocese of Buffalo's Catholic School Advisory Council, the panel which advises the bishop on matters related to Catholic education.
Local WIC office celebrates completed expansion
Tue, Apr 14th 2015 02:35 pm
Completion of a two-year expansion project was celebrated Tuesday on the campus of Sisters Hospital in Buffalo, the home of the busiest WIC office among 15 in Erie and Niagara Counties.
March for Marriage
Mon, Apr 13th 2015 02:00 pm
Bishop Malone, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life & Youth, and Bishop Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco and chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, issued the letter below in support of the third annual March for Marriage, asking bishops and dioceses throughout the United States to join them in this endeavor. In the Diocese of Buffalo, the March for Marriage will be held in conjunction with the annual Rosary Novena for Life on Saturday, April 25, at 8 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima, 500 Parker Ave., Buffalo. Following Mass, all are invited to participate in a silent and prayerful procession to and from a local abortion clinic. Closing prayers will take place outside St. Rose of Lima after the walk back from the clinic.
Bishop calls for participation in March for Marriage
Fri, Apr 10th 2015 02:00 pm
The chairmen of the US bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage have invited their brother bishops and the faithful to take part in the 3rd March for Marriage in Washington on April 25.
Western New York Set to Celebrate Easter Sunday
Sun, Apr 5th 2015 02:00 pm
Sunday is Easter, the day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. A full slate of events is set for churches across the region.
Catholic Charities Appeal now at 78 percent of goal
Wed, Apr 1st 2015 02:40 pm
The annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal has raised $8,564,086.80 thus far as officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2015, the Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Buffalo Diocese, said Tuesday.
Chrsim Mass: blessing of oils, renewal of priestly vows
Tue, Mar 31st 2015 02:00 pm
Faithful from across the Diocese of Buffalo filled St. Joseph Cathedral to capacity on Tuesday evening (Mar. 31), for the Chrism Mass, a highlight of Holy Week, as Bishop Richard J. Malone blessed three urns of oil: oil of the catechumens, oil of the chrism and oil of the sick.
The glory of Holy Week
Sun, Mar 29th 2015 02:45 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone used his homily at the start of Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo on Mar. 29, to remind worshipers, "God's holy word on Palm Sunday is a meditation on the meaning of suffering in God's plan of salvation."
Bishop Malone tells worshipers St. Patrick's Day is celebrated because of faith
Tue, Mar 17th 2015 02:00 pm
A visiting bishop Tuesday told worshippers that St. Patrick's faith is what is celebrated each year with "such gratitude and festivity."
Bishop Malone celebrates Mass at So. Tier Catholic/Walsh Academy
Tue, Jan 13th 2015 02:50 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo offered words of faith and reflection to some of the area's youngest Catholics.