Updated: December 04, 2019 12:50 PM
Created: December 04, 2019 06:40 AM
Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger will now also be running the Buffalo Catholic Diocese for now.
Bishop Richard Malone resigned Wednesday morning amid criticism of how he handled allegations of clergy abuse.
The diocese has been named in more than 220 recent lawsuits by people who claim they were sexually abused by priests. Many of the claims date back decades, but critics say there have been more recent missteps by Malone.
Pope Francis accepted the resignation and named Bishop Scharfenberger to run the Buffalo Diocese until a permanent replacement is found.
The Vatican didn't say why Malone was resigning two years before the mandatory retirement age of 75.
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