Bishop Scharfenberger: "I'm here to help you heal"

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Bishop Scharfenberger: "I'm here to help you heal"

Catholic Diocese of Buffalo Interim Bishop Scharfenberger talks to media following resignation of Richard Malone.

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Bishop Scharfenberger: "I'm here to help you heal"

A BISHOP, SHROUDEDIN SCANDAL.WE ARE IN A TRUECRISIS SITUATION.TRUE CRISIS.

ANDEVERYONE IN THEOFFICE IS CONVINCEDTHIS COULD BE THEEND FOR ME ASBISHOP.HIS HISTORICRESIGNATION.IM SAD THAT IT CAMETO THIS BUT IM GLADHE FINALLY DID THERIGHT THING FOR US.AND THE MAN NOWHOPING TO HEAL HISFRACTURED CATHOLICFAMILY.BISHOPSCHAFENBERGER: "MYPRIMARY GOAL AS I SETIT IS TO BE MORE OF APASTOR, MORE AS AFATHER, I COME AS AHEALER."ENGULFED BYSCANDAL... AFTERMORE THAN A YEAR OFGROUNDBREAKINGINVESTIGATIONS BYTHE 7 EYEWITNESSNEWS I-TEAM ...BUFFALO BISHOPRICHARD MALONE HASRESIGNED.TODAY'SDEVELOPMENTS ARE ADIRECT RESULT OFTHE MISHANDLING OFSEXUAL ABUSE CASESUNDER THE WATCH OFBISHOP MALONE...THE VATICAN MADETHE ANNOUNCEMENTON ITS WEBSITE THISMORNING JUST AFTER6 O'CLOCK..BISHOP EDWARDSCHARFENBERGERFROM ALBANY WILL BELEADING THE DIOCESETEMPORARILY..DURING HIS NEWSCONFERENCE TODAYHE EMPHASIZED THATNOW IS THE TIME FORHEALING, LISTENINGAND LEARNINGFROM TODAY'SANNOUNCEMENT, TOREACTION FROM THEFAITHFUL... EVEN TALKOF BANKRUPTCYWITHIN THEDIOCESE....WE HAVETEAM COVERAGE...WE BEGIN WITH CHIEFITEAM CHIEFINVESTIGATORCHARLIE SPECHT ..CHARLIE IT WAS YOURGROUNDBREAKINGREPORTING WHICHBEGAN IN AUGUST OF20-18... THAT HASBROUGHT US TOWHERE WE ARETODAY..WELL IT'S BEEN 22MONTHS OF SCANDAL,BUT NOW...A NEWBEGINNING IN THEDIOCESE OF BUFFALOWITH THEAPPOINTMENT OF ANINTERIM BISHOP.

ANDSO FAR, PEOPLE LIKEWHAT THEY AREHEARING FROM THENEW SHEPHERD.EDWARDSCHARFENBERGER ISNOW THE SHEPARD OFTHE DIOCESE OFBUFFALO...AND IT'SCLEAR THERE'S ANEW BISHOP INTOWN.SCHARFENBERGER/DIOCESEADMINISTRATOR:I AM HERE FOR YOU.

I'MHERE TO LISTEN TOYOU.

I'M HERE TO WALKWITH YOU.

AND I'MHERE TO HELP YOUHEAL.CALLING THE DIOCESEA SUFFERING FAMILY,SCHARFENBERGERSAYS HE'S HAPPY TOCOME FROM ALBANY --WHERE HE'SCURRENTLY A FULL-TIME BISHOP -- ANDHELP FIX THE CRISIS INBUFFALO.SCHARFENBERGER/DIOCESEADMINISTRATOR:IF THERE ARE ANYQUESTIONS ABOUTWHY ME WHY WAS ICHOSE AND WHY?

IHAVE NO IDEA EXCEPTTHAT I'M HERE.

I GOTTHE CALL FROM THEAPOSTOLIC NUNCIO.AND I SAID TO HIM, I'LLGIVE IT MY BEST SHOT.SCHARFENBERGERREPLACES BISHOPRICHARDMALONE...WHORESIGNED IN THEMIDST OF SCANDALSRELATING TO HISHANDLING OF SEXUALABUSE, REVEALED BYTHE 7 EYEWITNESSNEWS I-TEAM.THE NEW BISHOP SAYSHE'S A PASTOR AND AHEALER...SCHARFENBERGER/DIOCESEADMINISTRATORWHAT I SEE IS A NEEDFOR TREMENDOUSAMOUNT OF HEALING.GOOD CONVERSATION,HONESTCONVERSATION,OPENNESS.SCHARFENBERGERSAYS HE HAS NO SETGAME PLAN FORBUFFALO, AND NOHIDDEN AGENDA.SCHARFENBERGER/DIOCESEADMINISTRATOR:I DIDN'T GET A BIGDOCUMENT FROM THEHOLY SEE THAT SAID,THIS IS WHAT YOUHAVE TO DO.

I HAVE NOMARCHING ORDERS,OTHER THAN TO SHOWUP AND TO BE WHO IAM.HE PLANS TO SPENDONE DAY A WEEK INBUFFALO AND THEREST IN ALBANY UNTILTHE POPE CHOOSES APERMANENT BISHOPMONTHS FROM NOW.SCHARFENBERGER/DIOCESEADMINISTRATOR:MY FIRST PRIORITIESWILL PRIMARILY BE TOLISTEN.

I WANT TOHEAR WHAT'S IN YOURHEART AND WHATYOUR CONCERNS ARE,WHERE YOU THINK WESHOULD GO.BISHOP MALONE WASNOT AT THEINTRODUCTORY NEWSCONFERENCE...BUTALREADY, HISSUCCESSOR SANG AMUCH DIFFERENTTUNE TO SURVIVORSOF ABUSE.SCHARFENBERGER/DIOCESEADMINISTRATOR:THE SURVIVORS OFSEXUAL ABUSE AREOUR FAMILY.

AND IWANT EVERYONE TOBE KNOWN TO KNOWTHAT THERE AREPEOPLE TREATED WITHRESPECT.AS FOR MALONE'SADVISERS,SCHARFENBERGERWILL GIVE THEM A FAIRCHANCE...BUT SAYSHE IS NOT ABOVECLEARING OUTANYONE STANDING INTHE WAY OFPROGRESS.SCHARFENBERGER/DIOCESEADMINISTRATORI LIKE TO SEE PEOPLEAS INDIVIDUALS AND,AND AND HOLD THEMPERSONALLY TOACCOUNTABILITY ANDWE WILL AND WHERETHAT NEEDS TO BEDONE.

IT WILL BEDONE.DENNIS DEPERRO/ST.BONA PRESIDENT:AND I THINK IT'S APIVOTAL MOMENT FORTHE CHURCH OFBUFFALO RIGHT NOW.DENNIS DEPERRO ISTHE PRESIDENT OF ST.BONAVENTUREUNIVERSITY.

IN APRIL,HE WAS THE FIRSTCOLLEGE PRESIDENTTO CALL FOR BISHOPMALONE TO RESIGN.BONA PRESIDENT:BUT AS TIME WENT ON,AND WE SAW THAT THEBISHOP DIDN'T HAVECREDIBILITY WITH HISFLOCK, SOMETHINGHAD TO HAPPEN.HE SAYSSCHARFENBERGER'SMESSAGE ISENCOURAGING.BONA PRESIDENTIT'S A VERY DIFFERENTMESSAGE.BONA PRESIDENTHE TALKED VERYSUCCINCTLY ABOUTACCOUNTABILITY,ABOUT GOODLEADERSHIP, IN MOSTIMPORTANTLY ABOUTLISTENING TO EACHINDIVIDUAL AND EACHVICTIM.

AND I THINKTHAT'S SO IMPORTANTAS PART OF A HEALINGFOR OUR CHURCH.DEPERRO SAYSSCHARFENBERGERSOUNDS LIKE HE'SOPEN TO ADVICEFROM EVERYONE INTHE CHURCH...NOTJUST PEOPLE HEAPPOINTS.SOMETHING HE SAYSSHOULD GIVECATHOLICS REASONFOR A NEW HOPE.BONA PRESIDENTDESPITE WHAT WE SEE,DESPITE WHAT HASGONE ON.

AND DESPITEWHAT THE CHURCHHAS NOT BEENTRANSPARENT ABOUTWITH US, IT'S REALLYOUR FAITH IN GOD ATTHE END.

THAT IS MOSTIMPORTANT, AND WEHAVE TO HAVE THATTALK ABOUT KATHYSPANGLER VS.

ALBANYP.R.

PERSONBISHOP MALONERELEASED ASTATEMENT ON HISRESIGNATION TODAY..

.SAYING IN PART..."IT ISMY HONESTASSESSMENT THAT IHAVE ACCOMPLISHEDAS MUCH AS I AM ABLETO, AND THAT THEREREMAIN DIVISIONS ANDWOUNDS THAT I

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