Diocese says report on sexual misconduct 'incomplete'
The Diocese of Buffalo has issued a statement a day after a televised report featured a whistleblower who leaked confidential files having to do with the bishop's handling of clergy sexual misconduct.
The diocesan statement says the material reported in the stories was incomplete, out of context and, in some cases, inaccurate.
A former executive assistant to Bishop Richard Malone told CBS' "60 Minutes'' that she acted out of concern the diocese wasn't responsive enough to victims. Siobhan O'Connor first shared the files anonymously with WKBW-TV. She also will be speaking to the media Tuesday morning on the sidewalk outside diocese headquarters in downtown Buffalo.
Sunday's airing also featured a priest who said he believes eight or nine active priests should have been removed from ministry. Father Bob Zilliox, who left his position as counsel to Malone in May to concentrate on his parish, told "60 Minutes'" Bill Whitaker that he also received "lip service" from the bishop.
Before the CBS broadcast, Malone issued a statement saying that those who knew of the diocese's efforts to combat child abuse were not interviewed.
Malone has publicly apologized while resisting calls to resign. He says the diocese is cooperating with state and federal investigations.