Bishop Richard J. Malone

Birthday: 19 March 1946

Bachelor’s in Philosophy – Saint John Seminary, Boston, MA
Bachelor’s in Divinity – Saint John Seminary, Boston, MA
Master’s of Theology in Biblical Studies – Saint John Seminary, Boston, MA
Licentiate in Theology – Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA
Doctorate in Theology – Boston University, Boston, MA

Ordination: 20 May 1972
Episcopate: 1 March 2000
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Bishop Richard J. Malone on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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Amoris Laetitia

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  • While representing the US Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family, and Youth in November 2017, Bishop Malone refused to state whether Amoris Laetitia allows divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion. When asked by the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, Malone replied, “That’s not an answer I’m going to provide for you.” (LifeSiteNews)

Pro-life leadership

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  • In 2013, Bishop Malone sent out a video message to the members of his diocese asking them to oppose New York’s “Women’s Equality Act,” a bill that would enshrine the right to abortion in state law. He urged Catholics to protect those most vulnerable, saying that, “Life is sacred.” (LifeSiteNews)


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  • In 2019, Bishop Malone reinstated Fr. Robert A. Stolinski, a priest in his diocese that had been found twice with homosexual pornography in his possession and had been accused of child sexual abuse. In a statement regarding his reasoning, Malone said the “allegations of child sexual abuse” against the priest, “have not been substantiated.” Malone, however, failed to comment on Stolinski’s history with homosexual pornography consumption. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2015, Bishop Malone ordered a parish in his diocese to take down a sign outside its church that read “Jesus had 2 Dads and He turned out just fine.” Malone immediately told the priest to take the sign down because it had the potential to be “misunderstood and even perceived in a heretical way.” (WKBW)
  • In 2012, Maine held a referendum to allow “same-sex marriage.” Bishop Malone issued a statement saying that any Catholic who votes in favor of the referendum “is unfaithful to Catholic doctrine.” (Bangor Daily News)

Abortion politics

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  • Bishop Malone applauded the 2016 letter released by hundreds of Catholic scholars in defense of Church teaching on contraception. He defended the letter saying, “contraception and sterilization are morally unacceptable and cannot lead a couple to the happiness they desire.” (LifeSiteNews)

“LGBT” ideology

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  • Bishop Malone co-authored a statement on behalf of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference that strongly rebuked an Obama administration pro-LGBT directive that would’ve allowed “transgender” students to use whatever bathroom they want. Malone described the directive as “deeply disturbing” and contradictory to basic human formation. (LifeSiteNews)


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Marriage and Family Life

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  • Bishop Malone requested that Catholic Charities in Erie County end its foster care and adoption services in 2018 after its contract expires with Erie County Department of Social Services. Malone stated that Catholic Charities could not comply with a state regulation which required contracting agencies to allow same-sex couples to foster and adopt children. (
  • Bishop Malone called on Catholics to oppose a 2016 assisted suicide bill in New York state in a YouTube video he made. The video was sent to all the parishes and schools in the Buffalo diocese. In the video, Malone said “Proponents of this legislation call it ‘Dying with Dignity,’ but the Catholic Church hardly considers it ‘dignified’ to go against God’s plan and choose the time and method of one’s death.” (Church Militant)


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