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Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Albany.

Accused priests cannot be left 'destitute', Buffalo diocese clarifies

May 1, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The Diocese of Buffalo clarified on Friday that priests accused of sexual abuse cannot be left “destitute,” even as the... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

Buffalo diocese cuts off 'all financial support' for accused priests

Apr 29, 2020

By Matt Hadro

During its bankruptcy process, the Diocese of Buffalo has announced it will end financial support and health benefits for priests... Read more

U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, D.C.

Bankrupt dioceses sue SBA for payroll loan access

Apr 22, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Two Catholic dioceses have filed suit against the Small Business Administration (SBA), claiming they were wrongfully denied access to emergency... Read more

Sign outside Pittsburgh's Cathedral of St. Paul.

Dioceses announce staff cuts, but federal aid could help

Mar 30, 2020

By Matt Hadro

As Catholic dioceses and parishes begin to cut staff during the coronavirus pandemic, they could be eligible for unprecedented federal... Read more

Bishop Richard J. Malone formerly of Buffalo, N.Y. (File Photo/CNA).

Malone suspended priest secretary who leaked chancery tapes

Mar 4, 2020

The day before he left his office, Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo forbade his former priest secretary from celebrating sacraments,... Read more

U.S. bishops from New York during their ad limina visit to Rome in Nov. 2019.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Buffalo’s Bishop Edward Grosz

Mar 2, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Monday accepted the resignation of Bishop Edward Grosz, the auxiliary bishop of Buffalo, who has faced accusations of... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

Diocese of Buffalo files for bankruptcy

Feb 28, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The Diocese of Buffalo announced on Friday that it is declaring bankruptcy; hundreds of abuse lawsuits have been filed against... Read more

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany, who has served as apostolic administrator of the Buffalo diocese since December 2019. CNA file photo

Scharfenberger to close Buffalo's Christ the King Seminary

Feb 4, 2020

The interim leader in the Diocese of Buffalo announced Tuesday that the diocesan seminary will suspend its operations at the... Read more

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany, who has served as apostolic administrator of the Buffalo diocese since December 2019. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Albany.

Buffalo administrator: Catholic Charities donations will not go to abuse settlements

Jan 17, 2020

The apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo said this week that despite the possibility the diocese could file for... Read more

Bishop Edward Scarfenberger. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Albany

Bishop Scharfenberger says he was given no 'particular mission' in Buffalo

Jan 7, 2020

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo, has said he was not given the results of a... Read more

Bishop emeritus Donald Trautman of Erie.

Lawsuit charges Bishop Trautman, Buffalo diocese with abuse cover-up in 1980s

Jan 3, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

A lawsuit against the Diocese of Buffalo and retired Bishop Donald Trautman claim they covered up a New York priest’s... Read more

Bishop Edward Scarfenberger. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Albany

New Buffalo apostolic administrator pledges 'openness' with victims

Dec 4, 2019

Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany spoke to the press Wednesday following his appointment as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese... Read more

Bishop Richard J. Malone.

Buffalo's Bishop Richard Malone resigns after year of scandal

Dec 4, 2019

Pope Francis Wednesday accepted the resignation of Buffalo’s embattled Bishop Richard Malone. The Diocese of Buffalo will be administered by... Read more

Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome during the US bishops' Region II ad limina, Nov. 12, 2019.

Buffalo bishop says Pope Francis 'very understanding' after scandals

Nov 19, 2019

In a video released Monday, Bishop Richard Malone said that Pope Francis had shared his closeness to the people and diocese... Read more

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn. CNA file photo

Bishop DiMarzio denies allegations of sexual abuse

Nov 13, 2019

By CNA Staff

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn is rejecting an allegation that he sexually molested a minor in the 1970s, calling it... Read more

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn. CNA file photo

Buffalo diocese investigation ends, DiMarzio will send report to Vatican

Oct 31, 2019

By CNA Staff

The bishop offered no comment on his findings in the scandal-hit Buffalo diocese. Read more

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone. CNA file photo

Brooklyn’s Bishop DiMarzio to lead Vatican investigation of Bishop Richard Malone and the Diocese of Buffalo

Oct 3, 2019

By Ed Condon, JD Flynn

The Holy See has announced that Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn will lead an Apostolic Visitation of the Diocese of... Read more

Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, N.Y. (File Photo/CNA).

Credit check: Buffalo diocese says cancelled cards not connected to Malone controversy

Sep 27, 2019

The Diocese of Buffalo is reportedly shutting down its credit cards Friday. Although some have interpreted the move as a... Read more

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone.

Poll suggests a majority of Buffalo Catholics want Bishop Malone to resign

Sep 18, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York is facing fresh calls for his resignation, after a local news organization commissioned... Read more

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone. CNA file photo

Cardinal Dolan 'consulting extensively' about allegations against Buffalo Bishop Malone

Sep 11, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

Amid calls for his resignation, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo remains firm in his conviction not to step down... Read more