Bishop Malone Apologizes to Abuse Victims in Letter, Again Says He Won’t Resign

Sept. 12, 2018
'I am convinced that I must continue to lead our diocese forward as your bishop and face this crisis together with clergy, religious and laity,' Bishop Richard J. Malone wrote in his most recent letter to the Buffalo Diocese. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)
“I am convinced that I must continue to lead our diocese forward as your bishop and face this crisis together with clergy, religious and laity,” Bishop Richard J. Malone wrote in his most recent letter to the Buffalo Diocese.

In a letter to be read this weekend at Masses throughout the Buffalo Diocese, Bishop Richard J. Malone apologized to victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and for his own failures in addressing the abuse – but reiterated that he won’t step down.

“First, I must apologize,” Malone said in the letter, which was on the diocese website Saturday. “I apologize once again to those innocent victims who were abused by priests who committed crimes and grave sins. I also apologize for any of my own failures in adequately addressing that abuse.”

Malone said many of the recent criticisms of church leadership are justified, but after considering all of this, “I am convinced that I must continue to lead our diocese forward as your bishop and face this crisis together with clergy, religious and laity.”

“Leaving this diocese in the middle of this daunting challenge would probably be easier for me personally, but I intend to meet it in the best way I can for the next few years, until my retirement in 2021 is accepted by the Holy Father,” the letter from Malone continued.
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