Watch Charlie Specht question Bishop Malone on sex abuse crisis

Bishop deferred to lawyers on details many times
Posted at 7:57 PM, Nov 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-13 16:42:32-05

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.


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." 

The investigative series sparked Buffalo civic leaders to call for Malone's resignation and Catholics have mounted weekly protests in front of the Diocese of Buffalo Chancery. Malone in August held a news conference and refused to resign as Buffalo bishop.

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.

In October, "60 Minutes" aired a national investigative story on Bishop Malone and the Diocese of Buffalo. 


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