Friday, October 4, 2019

Vatican Sends DiMarzio to Investigate Malone & Buffalo Diocese

Finally, the Vatican has decided to take the situation in the diocese of Buffalo seriously. After years of scandals with priests who abused minors with over 150 lawsuits, recently, we have heard of homosexual predators also in the mix.

Two seminarians spoke out as whistleblowers against the diocese, bishop Richard Malone and other clerics. They claim that certain priests made homosexual advances towards them and that the bishop covered it up and even retaliated against them.

In an announcement that was released by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn, the Vatican has assigned him as head of an apostolic visitation. The apostolic visitation is now at the fact-finding stage where Bishop DiMarzio will have to investigate and sort out the facts necessary for a full investigation by the Vatican. The bishop of Buffalo welcomed the investigation. The diocese's Twitter account tweeted this:



Bishop DiMarzio also stated: "This is a difficult period in the life of the church in Buffalo. I pledge I will keep an open mind throughout the process and do my best to learn the facts and gain a thorough understanding of the situation in order to fulfill the mandate of this Apostolic Visitation."



Only time will tell what happens after this fact-finding period and the investigation is done. It is clear that the Diocese of Buffalo in New York State is going through turmoil from within. There is clearly corruption taking place which has scandalized the faithful. This must be addressed and taken care of. Some have wondered why the Vatican did not choose the metropolitan or Cardinal Dolan. As archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan is the head bishop of the region. Dolan is friends with Bishop Malone. It is not clear as to whether or not he recused himself or the Vatican chose another and more objective route for the investigation.


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Source:

https://www.wnycatholic.org/documents/ApostolicNunciatureCommunique10319.pdf

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/brooklyns-bishop-dimarzio-to-lead-vatican-investigation-of-bishop-richard-malone-and-the-diocese-of-buffalo-82442

https://www.ncronline.org/news/accountability/buffalo-bishop-says-he-welcomes-vatican-authorized-visitation

https://news.wbfo.org/post/vatican-announces-investigation-diocese-buffalo-bishop-malone

https://buffalonews.com/2019/09/04/malone-says-he-wont-resign-as-he-addresses-latest-church-scandal/

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/second-buffalo-whistleblower-says-he-was-abused-as-seminarian-74192

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