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Bishop Malone considering changing policy of keeping abuse accusations secret

Posted at 6:37 PM, Mar 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-11 18:42:58-04

Following a March 1 announcement, Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone is still considering changing the diocese's policy of keeping victims' complaints against priests secret, a spokesperson told 7 Eyewitness News.

The policy was in place when Malone became the bishop of the Buffalo diocese, grandfathered in from his predecessor Edward Kmiec.

"I think the priests that have been accused should be out in the public eye," said Michael Whalen, who in late February came forward as a childhood sex abuse victim.

But some in the church think otherwise.

"In my opinion I think [the diocese] did enough," said Mary Frances Hirtzel, a longtime partitioner and choir member at Saint Aloysius Gonzaga in Cheektowaga. "I feel, where's the forgiveness?"

She, along with others in her choir, said they will continue praying for the victims affected by abuse. But they added they would like to continue looking forward, rather than focus on vengeance.