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New Bishop Named for Diocese of Buffalo

May 29th, 2012, Promulgated by Gen

Bishop Kmiec, who was looking forward to retirement, has gotten his wish. The ordinary of Portland, Maine, Bishop Richard Malone, has been named the 14th Bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo. I don’t know much about this fellow, but all indications are that he is a good and holy man. Below is his statement, along with a photo of Bishop Malone (left) and Bishop Kmiec (right).

“I am most grateful to our Holy Father for his trust in appointing me bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo. While there is sadness in my heart at leaving the Catholic faithful of Maine, especially the priests, deacons, consecrated religious, seminarians and lay leaders, I look forward with enthusiasm to taking up my responsibility as chief shepherd of the Church of Buffalo. I am very grateful to follow in the footsteps of Bishop Kmiec who is a loving, faithful and generous servant of the Gospel.” – Bishop Malone

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18 Responses to “New Bishop Named for Diocese of Buffalo”

  1. jetscubs86 says:

    Hopefully Rochester’s not too far behind!

  2. Scott W. says:

    I should be settled in Williamsvile and will try to attend his installation on August 10th.

    A search shows he is outspoken against gay marriage. Queerty hates him, so he must be ok.

  3. Scott W. says:

    Promising comment at Fr. Z’s site;

    “Regarding Bishop Malone, we go to Maine frequently and one of my sons lives in Lewiston where there is a flourishing Latin mass community. He seems to have been orthodox on his policies, condemning the HHS mandate and homosexual “marriage”, and supportive or at least tolerant of the EF Mass. I hope his replacement will be equally so.”

  4. jetscubs86 says:

    How long has Bishop Kmiec been retired?

  5. Scott W. says:

    He turns 75 in June.

  6. ROBERT says:


  7. Abaccio says:

    He turned 75 LAST June. He also did not resign, he submitted his resignation, which hadn’t been accepted until yesterday. He will remain the sitting Bishop of Buffalo until Bishop Malone is installed.

  8. Scott W. says:

    I stand corrected. Is a year a typical waiting period between submission and acceptance? Even still, I’m hoping that in 46 days, the Nunico, the replacement bishop, a public notary with pre-written resignation papers, a few moving trucks and crews show up at the Rochester offices with synchronized watches all saying in unison, “3…2…1…NOW!!” Dare to dream, eh? Audacity of Hope and all that. 😀

  9. A Catholic says:

    A priest once said that the less we know about how bishops and sausages are made, the better!

    In the mean time, many prayers to the Holy Spirit that the Pope be guided to choose a faithful, holy, pro-life new bishop for Rochester as soon as possible.

  10. Raymond F. Rice says:


    He may leave the Cathedral but don’t be surprised if he moves just down the street. Like Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain, the new bishop of the diocese may end up with a “bishop- mother”!! Or he might be named a “supply” priest somewhere in the diocese.

  11. Abaccio says:

    He has stated publicly that he will remain in Rochester.

  12. Dr. K says:

    I don’t think he’ll stay in Rochester when his buddy Bp. Hubbard retires.

  13. Raymond F. Rice says:

    Richard Thomas

    I can appreciate your concerns but I think your understanding of the Vatican could be improved. We must keep in mind that, besides being the Chair of Peter, it is also a billion dollar government with many peope working there who are careerists, even though ordained and /or consecrated. Read about Pope John to get further details. Some refer to the Church administration as Christ’s cross.

  14. Diane Elizabeth says:

    I heard from a source close to the bishop that the rochester bishop was chosen at the same time the buffalo bishop was chosen.

  15. Richard Thomas says:


    If you listened to Real Catholic TV last week, the Vortex talked about the “ravenous wolves” who are in the Vatican and who are against the Holy Father. He, the pope, in his innaugeral address prayed he not flee from the wolves. These wolves are out for self promotion and the proclaimation of the Modernist heresy.

  16. Raymond F. Rice says:

    A previous papal nuncio of the United States was notorious for his congradulatory letters to new bishops. His staff would enclose a letter that stated that the papal nuncio would be available as a co-consecrator of the new bishop as a direct representative of the Holy See if the diocese wished. It was clearly stated in the letter that the “offering” for this honor would be thirty thousand dollars plus expenses.

    So when we talk about the shenanigans in the Vatican right now, it could very likely be about the almighty “buck” and have nothing to do with theological disagreements. When people get down and dirty, there are no limits to the depths to which thay can sink!!

  17. Richard Thomas says:

    Ray, There was a recent meeting of the Pontifical Scientific Association and in it the speakers spoke highly of In-Vitro fertilization much to the chagrin of the attendees. People expressing Church teaching were shouted down.

    What is going on within the Vatican right now is a microcosm of what is going on in the CHurch throughout the world, esoecially in the developed nations. Modernism is showing its ugly face.

  18. Raymond F. Rice says:

    I heard from a source close to the bishop that the rochester bishop was chosen at the same time the buffalo bishop was chosen.

    “Close to the bishop”/ which one :Rochester or Buffalo???

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