Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo one month after a Vatican authorized investigation into his diocese which has been roiled by claims that he has mishandled numerous abuse cases.
The resignation was announced Wednesday by the Holy See Press office.
Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of the Diocese of Albany has been named apostolic administrator until a successor is named in Buffalo.
Those revelations sparked ongoing scrutiny of Malone’s leadership, and he has resisted numerous calls to step down from clergy, seminarians, and lay leaders within the diocese where he has served as bishop since 2012.
Malone was in Rome last month with bishops from New York state for regularly scheduled ad limina meetings with Francis and the Roman Curia.