Buffalo Bishop resigns amid ongoing sex abuse crisis

Bishop Richard Malone’s departure follows a Vatican review of his troubled diocese.
1:25 | 12/05/19

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And now, to the major news involving the catholic church tonight and the Vatican review right here in the U.S. And now, the bishop in Buffalo resigning today, two years before retirement. ABC's David Wright tonight on the accusations of a major coverup. Reporter: Tonight, a painful chapter for Buffalo catholics has finally come to an end. Bishop Richard Malone resigned amid a firestorm over his handling of sexual abuse claims. For more than a year, Malone has been accused of not being fully transparent about alleged abuses by Buffalo priests in the past. Was this a cover up? No, it wasn't a cover up. Because -- Was it damage control? No, I don't believe it was damage control. I know that's been said often. Reporter: The bishop's own former personal assistant, Siobhan o'connor, photocopied secret church files and became a whistle-blower. I had to try to do what I could to bring the truth to light. Reporter: Bishop Edward scharfenberger of Albany taking over in the interim, and he promises accountability, even as the diocese faces more than 200 new lawsuits. I'm not here as a knight in shining armor. I'm not here, you know, as the fix it man. I'm just here to be as a spiritual father. Reporter: Today's announcement comes after a Vatican review of the diocese. The findings of that report still secret. Today, many survivors of abuse applauded the bishop's resignation, but the FBI is still investigating. David? David Wright, who has been following this case for some time. Thank you, David.

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