BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - - Bishop Richard J. Malone took questions Monday for the first time in months during a news conference at Infant of Prague Church in Cheektowaga.
It was the first time I-Team Chief Investigator Charlie Specht was able to ask Malone about the sexual abuse scandal since his three-part investigation into Malone's handling of priests who were accused of abuse yet allowed to minister in the diocese.
Malone has declined numerous requests for interviews with 7 Eyewitness News. Watch the exchange above.
KEY LINKS IN THE BUFFALO DIOCESE SEX ABUSE SCANDAL:
Part 1 of the 7 Eyewitness News I-Team investigation revealed that Malone returned Fr. Art Smith to ministry despite allegations of inappropriate contact with a child. Malone returned the accused priests to ministry after a previous bishop suspended him, documents obtained by the 7 Eyewitness News I-Team show.
Part 2 revealed that Malone allowed Fr. Robert Yetter to remain pastor of St. Mary's in Swormville despite multiple sexual harassment allegations by young men.
Part 3 cited church records that showed more than 100 priests in the diocese were accused of sexual abuse or misconduct. Malone in March released a list of only 42 priests "who were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor."
In September, the State Attorney General launched a statewide investigation into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and last week, it was revealed the FBI has launched its own criminal investigation into the diocese.