Buffalo Bishop Resigns Amid Mounting Controversy Over Clergy Abuse

Richard Malone, seen during a news conference last year, has resigned as bishop of the Catholic diocese based in Buffalo, N.Y. During his tenure, the diocese attracted intense scrutiny over its alleged mishandling of sexual abuse allegations.

Richard Malone had come under fire for allegedly mishandling of sexual abuse claims against the priests in his diocese. He announced Wednesday that the pope had accepted his request to “retire early.”

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