Under Fire Over Sex Abuse Scandal, Buffalo Bishop Malone to Seek Early Retirement, Source Says

Dec. 2, 2019

Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone plans to seek early retirement. He's been under pressure to resign for more than a year because of the diocese's child sexual abuse scandal. (Derek Gee/News file photo)
Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone plans to seek early retirement. He’s been under pressure to resign for more than a year because of the diocese’s child sexual abuse scandal.

Bishop Richard J. Malone will request an “early retirement” and exit as head of the Buffalo Diocese, a source told The Buffalo News on Monday, following an earlier report that Pope Francis was expected to accept Malone’s resignation on Wednesday.

Malone, 73, has resisted calls for his resignation for more than a year over his handling of a clergy sex abuse crisis that now includes more than 220 lawsuits against the diocese and more than 150 priests accused of abuse from decades ago.

Malone had long maintained that he would stay on as bishop until March 19, 2021, when he turns 75 and is required under Catholic Church law to submit his letter of resignation to the pope.

But his retirement announcement is expected on Wednesday, a source confirmed to The News.
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