Vatican orders review of Buffalo diocese over handling of abuse allegations

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The Vatican said it’s implementing a fact-finding visitation of the Diocese of Buffalo amid widespread criticism of Bishop Richard Malone’s handling of allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct against local clergy.

The Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C., the Vatican’s U.S. representative, announced on Thursday that its office had authorized Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn to conduct an “Apostolic Visitation,” described as “a fact-finding mission which reports directly to the Holy See, specifically the Congregation for Bishops, to evaluate situations in dioceses.”

“This is a difficult period in the life of the Church in Buffalo,” DiMarzio said in a statement. “I pledge I will keep an open mind throughout the process and do my best to learn the facts and gain a thorough understanding of the situation in order to fulfill the mandate of this Apostolic Visitation.”

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