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WATCH: The Real Predator Protector in Buffalo

As the financial and sex scandals continue to pour out of the ranks of U.S. bishops, one small but significant fact tends to get overlooked: the auxiliary bishops’ role in the cover-up.

Auxiliary bishops are able to stay well out of the limelight and provide plausible deniability for crooked bishops. In short, the auxiliaries are able to do the dirty work, well away from the glare of the spotlight.

One such instance appears to be the diocese of Buffalo, where all the attention was focused on Richard Malone — but much of the work behind the scenes was done by his chief auxiliary.

Church Militant’s Christine Niles has more in this Special Report—The Real Predator Protector, on how the number two man may sometimes be more of a threat to faithful Catholics than the actual bishop.

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