Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y. resisted calls for his resignation for allegedly mishandling abuse claims against the priests of his diocese. Malone bowed to that pressure Wednesday.
The move comes after months of criticism of Malone, whose diocese has drawn the scrutiny of federal investigators and hundreds of litigants.
The FBI had opened an investigation into an alleged cover-up of clergy sexual abuse there, according to local media, which also reported a big discrepancy between the list of accused priests released publicly by the church and its own private records, suggesting a cover-up.
The diocese has also been slapped with scores of lawsuits since New York’s Child Victims Act took effect in August. The law vastly extended the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits connected to child sexual abuse — and opened the floodgates for litigation. One law firm alone reported filing more than 100 suits in just more than a month, naming about a dozen priests in Malone’s diocese.