Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Buffalo's bishop, and has appointed Albany's Bishop Edward Scharfenberger to take over on an interim basis.
The Vatican, in a statement, says Bishop Richard Malone has stepped down from his post as head of the Diocese of Buffalo.
Malone has been criticized for his handling of sex abuse claims against priests in Buffalo.
An organization formed to help restore trust within Western New York's Catholic community says it's received the news with a "mixture of sadness and relief."
No comment at this point from the Albany diocese.
Scharfenberger released a video message Wednesday morning, says his flock is simply getting a little bit bigger.
Scharfenberger says the bulk of his time will still be spent here, but he'll be spending about one day a week at the other end of the Thruway.
In a statement, Malone says he has accomplished as much as he's able to, and acknowledges that there are still "divisions and wounds" he is unable to heal.