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Bishop Edward Scarfenberger (Diocese of Albany/CNA)

By Christopher Altieri, Catholic Herald,  8 January, 2020

Bishop sent to Buffalo says he wasn’t given ‘any documentation or any marching orders’

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany, New York, is in a tough spot. Appointed apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo after the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone, Bishop Scharfenberger is the public face of the Church in a place riddled with scandal and in dire need of urgent repair. But he apparently has little power to effect reform and little information with which to work.

Bishop Malone resigned after 18 months of intense public scrutiny of his leadership, which produced significant evidence of serious mismanagement and attracted the attention of state and federal prosecutors.

“I didn’t know quite what to expect,” Bishop Scharfenberger told Charlie Specht of ABC local affiliate WKBW in a wide-ranging interview that aired earlier this week, “because I really hadn’t been briefed at all.”

The bishop continued: “All I knew is what I read in the papers, to tell you the truth.”

He would have read enough, then, to know that there is a great deal amiss in the diocese, but not always enough to take informed and prudent steps toward remedy.  ….

Read more here  https://catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2020/01/08/why-is-the-vatican-keeping-bishop-scharfenberger-in-the-dark/