From The New York Times:
Bishop Malone had steadfastly maintained that he was doing well in the diocese, and had said in September that he did not wish to resign. Among many Catholics in Buffalo, where Bishop Malone was approaching persona non grata status as the scandals continued, there was a palpable sense of relief this week that the Vatican investigation appeared to have had an impact on his thinking.
The diocese has seen a steady exodus from the pews and a decline in donations, local Catholics said. A poll conducted by The Buffalo News in September showed that 86 percent of local Catholics wanted Bishop Malone gone. “For better or worse, he had become the lightning rod for all that was wrong, and we really weren’t going to make any progress toward healing and reconciliation as long as he remained,” said John J. Hurley, the president of Canisius College, who was part of a lay group, the Movement to Restore Trust, that had called for Bishop Malone’s removal. “People are hopeful that we are turning the page and looking forward to a new day.”
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