Statement of Attorneys Steve Boyd and Jeff Anderson on Impending Resignation of Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone

(Buffalo, NY) – The impending resignation of Bishop Richard Malone, as reported by several media outlets, is a step in the right direction. But the resignation of Bishop Malone does not signal the end to the crisis in the Diocese of Buffalo.  The resignation of one man falls short of full accountability so long as the past system of denial and secrecy continues. The Diocese of Buffalo needs to move forward in a manner that is consistent with its own stated values and with the rule of law.

The investigation into Bishop Malone and his subsequent resignation only occurred because of the courage of survivors of child sexual abuse. Survivors continue to express a desire that the Diocese of Buffalo and the Vatican adopt policies and procedures that provide healing and transparency for the survivors of childhood sexual abuse and for the protection of children.

Any change in leadership of the Diocese of Buffalo does not change our goals of seeking full accountability and transparency.