Catholic Church

Catholic bishop resigns after allegations of mishandled sexual abuse claims

Bishop Richard J. Malone
Bishop Richard Malone offering communion in 2005, when he was a Bishop in Portland. Photo: Doug Jones/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

The Vatican on Wednesday announced the resignation of Buffalo, New York, Bishop Richard Malone following allegations that he mishandled sexual abuse claims, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Under Malone, who has been the bishop since 2012, the Buffalo Diocese became embroiled in scandal and now faces an FBI investigation and more than 200 lawsuits — even after he promised to enact reforms.

Catholic Church faces "astronomical" liability

Priests inside a church
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17 years after the Boston Globe published its groundbreaking reporting on sexual abuse by priests, the Catholic Church faces a historic crisis of legal liability.

The big picture: The Church could be on the hook for more than $4 billion in damages, the AP estimates.