Echoing Boston Crisis, Buffalo Priest’s Letter Urges Bishops to Step Down

Sept. 11, 2019

Rev. Robert Zilliox

The pastor of one of the region’s largest and wealthiest Catholic parishes is urging fellow priests to call upon Bishop Richard J. Malone and Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz to resign and let others lead the Buffalo Diocese.

The Rev. Robert Zilliox, pastor of St. Mary Church in Swormville, has contacted about 200 priests and asked them to sign a letter demanding that Malone step down immediately in the wake of a series of scandals in which the bishop’s public statements on handling clergy sex abuse and misconduct accusations appeared to contradict what he was saying and doing in private.

“Your office as our bishop and chief shepherd has been so compromised, that it is, in fact, no longer possible for you to exercise the spiritual leadership required for the church at Buffalo to heal and grow in holiness,” the letter states.
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One Response to “Echoing Boston Crisis, Buffalo Priest’s Letter Urges Bishops to Step Down”

  1. John Snyder says:

    BOSS – Bishop Malone like most all of us has a boss who monitors his work. He’s never allowed to run rogue and if he did he’d be gone – just like you in your job.

    Malone has been charged to “HANDLE” the WNY problem and is closely monitored. Progress and failures. He’s not rogue, only doing his job as directed.

    His bosses up the chain of command monitor and approve progress. If gone the policy won’t change unless the chain of command approves.

    Malone is approved, not rogue.

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