Diocese: Priest resigns from his parish priest following allegations of abuse

BUFFALO, NY – The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo says a priest has resigned as pastor of his upstate New York church after the sexual abuse complaint.

The diocese said Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone had asked the Rev. Robert Yetter to resign after learning about a complaint that may have involved minors.

Yetter has been placed on leave from his church in Swormville east of Buffalo, while the diocese investigates. The diocese stresses that there is no determination yet whether the complaint is true.

Malone on Sunday rejected calls for his own resignation over his handling of sexual abuse allegations against the priests, saying: “the shepherd does not desert the flock” in difficult times.

He is the appointment of a task force to assess how the sexual abuse claims of adults should be treated.

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