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By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant, November 13, 2019

Papal nuncio: ‘The Holy Father said, We need to do a total investigation’

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( – Insiders are warning that the Vatican’s high-profile investigation of sex abuse within the Buffalo diocese is a sham.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio concluded his Vatican authorized investigation of Bp. Richard Malone’s troubled diocese in just seven days. He’s now in Rome with other New York bishops for what’s called their ad limina visit where he’s expected to present his report on Buffalo to the Vatican’s Congregation of Bishops.

Whistleblowers like Siobhan O’Connor aren’t hopeful, however, that the Vatican-authorized Apostolic Visitation will uncover much corruption. O’Connor, Malone’s former secretary, told Church Militant that DiMarzio’s investigation appears flawed owing to the heavy involvement by the diocese of Buffalo (DOB) in lining up witnesses for him:

I was startled by the involvement of the Diocese of Buffalo in the Apostolic Visitation process. As I told Christopher Altieri of the Catholic Herald, I was expecting to hear from staff from the Diocese of Brooklyn  not Buffalo, yet I received an interview request from a DOB priest. A DOB deacon greeted me (and all other afternoon interviewees each day) in the hotel lobby.

She revealed that new seminarians from Buffalo’s Christ the King seminary CKS) were interviewed by DiMarzio while whistleblower seminarians were not: ….