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Catholic community reacts to Bishop's refusal to resign

Posted: 6:16 PM, Aug 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-27 18:16:30-04

Following Bishop Malone's statement to recommit to his position among the diocese of Buffalo, the Buffalo catholic community shared mixed opinions. 

"And I stand before you today recommitted to my calling to serve as Bishop of Buffalo," said Malone. "The shepherd does not desert the flock at a difficult time."

Mary Ellen Sanfilippo, a parishioner at St. Mary's in Stormville, feels that the healing process can't begin until a there's a new bishop in place. 

“The shepherd, who is Christ, does not mislead or lie to his flock and in this quote shephard, Bishop Malone, has done that," Sanfilippo said. “It’s very difficult for me to trust what this man is saying, because I don’t believe he can be trusted.” 

One local ministry youth leader, Mary Palmer, hopes to see the catholic community unite and come closer to the church.

“We have no control over what the bishop is going to do or what he’s not going to do, that’s not up to us. We need to protect the children and the future church and our own faith and if we degrade the church we’re not doing anybody any good,” Palmer said. “We need humility at this time, we need unity, do not give anyone a reason to separate us more than we already are.”

The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio Network released this statement Monday: 

The mission of 107.1FM The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio Network is to proclaim the fullness of Truth with clarity and charity. Our position with regard to the recent investigative reports by 7 Eyewitness News is consistent and clear: there must be zero tolerance when it comes to covering up sexual abuse and putting predatory priests back into active ministry.
 
Bishop Malone’s response yesterday did nothing to refute the allegations against him, which are backed up by internal Diocesan documents in the recent investigative reports. We continue to call for Bishop Malone to resign and we additionally call for a full independent investigation with unfettered access to all Diocesan documents, such as Archbishop Carlson of the Archdiocese of St. Louis recently announced.
 
Finally, we stand in solidarity with all victims and express our admiration for your courage to come forward and share your stories when people in powerful positions often seek to shame, silence, and ignore you. The Church needs courageous people like you and we hope you will not judge the Catholic Faith based on the actions of those who are unfaithful to her teachings, but rather based on those who are faithful.

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