Bishop to resign? Malone says no again

Admits "mistake" in handling accused priest

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) - Embattled Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone is again saying on Friday during a radio show that he will not step down, despite growing calls from Catholics for him to do just that.

During the interview, the Bishop said he had a “good” record on child abuse, despite what he calls recent mistakes. He believes his actions as Bishop do not warrant his resignation.

One of the mistakes he refers to involved Father Art Smith.

7 Eyewitness News first broke the story two months ago about how Smith was accused of inappropriate contact with a child and was suspended by a previous Buffalo bishop, only to be returned to ministry by Malone.

For the first time, Bishop Malone admitted he was wrong and attempted to apologize on WBEN.

“I admit my failure there,” said Malone.

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