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Poll: 86% of Buffalo Catholics Want Bishop Malone to Resign

Contrary to What He Says, Vast Majority of Buffalo Catholics Want Bishop Malone To Resign

An overwhelming majority of area Catholics or lapsed Catholics want Bishop Richard J. Malone to resign as leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, a recent poll by The Buffalo News has found.

Nearly 86% of the 473 Erie and Niagara county residents surveyed this weekend said they feel Malone should step down from the post he has held since 2012.

Fewer than 3% of those surveyed said Malone should stay on as bishop. About 12% were undecided.

“The Bishop very much respects area Catholics’ right to express their opinion,” diocese spokeswoman Kathy Spangler said in response to the results.

The News hired Cornerstone Research & Marketing in North Tonawanda to conduct the telephone survey over the past week. The firm asked the people it polled: “Do you feel Bishop Malone should resign from his duties as bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo?”

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