BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Diocese of Brooklyn announced Thursday Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas Dimarzio visited Buffalo this week.
The Vatican authorized an investigation into the Diocese of Buffalo and embattled Bishop Richard J. Malone led by Bishop Dimarzio just last week.
The Diocese of Brooklyn said Bishop Dimarzio interviewed more than 30 individuals and has plans to return later in October for additional meetings.
Asked why that was the case, @BpDiMarzio spokeswoman points to his statement, which says he "has plans to return for additional meetings later this month."— Charlie Specht (@Charlie_Reports) October 10, 2019
Also notable that the interviews took place at a local hotel. This could be read as a sign of independence from @BishopRJMalone, although from the feedback we have received, many @BuffaloDiocese Catholics remain skeptical. @BpDiMarzio— Charlie Specht (@Charlie_Reports) October 10, 2019
In a release a spokesperson for the Diocese of Brooklyn released this statement:
The Bishop takes his role as Visitator seriously and is determined to continue the fact-finding mission he has been directed to carry out by the Holy See. Both lay faithful and clergy, members of the Diocesan staff, and others have been invited to be a part of this process so that Bishop DiMarzio can gather information from several perspectives as part of this fact-finding mission of the Buffalo Diocese.
Bishop DiMarzio has pledged to do his best to learn the facts and gain a thorough understanding of the situation in Buffalo. Upon completion of the visitation, Bishop DiMarzio will submit a report to the Congregation for Bishops at the Vatican.