The president of one of Western New York’s leading Catholic universities is calling on Buffalo’s bishop to resign.
St. Bonaventure University President Dennis R. DePerro said Bishop Richard J. Malone needs to step aside so the Diocese of Buffalo can begin to heal after a year of constant scandals relating to the handling of sexual abuse.
“We are not healing,” DePerro said in an interview with 7 Eyewitness News. “We are not restoring trust. And we are not moving forward in a way that’s positive for our church.”
He said a 7 Eyewitness News I-Team investigative story revealing that Malone has been concealing the identities of 25 priests accused of sexual misconduct or abuse is yet another blow in the diocese’s credibility under Malone’s leadership.
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“No organization in today’s world — including the Catholic Church — is exempt from accountability,” DePerro said. “I believe that a good leader would recognize that moment and step down.”
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