Buffalo Bishop Michael Fisher
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Having lived most of his life in the Baltimore-Washington area, we asked Buffalo’s new Catholic bishop, Michael Fisher, if he knew anyone in Western New York.
Bishop Mike, as he prefers to be called, thought for a moment and answered, “No.”
To his knowledge, there are no familiar names or faces for him in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese.
That may prove to be an asset because after Fisher is installed on Friday afternoon, he faces a number of tough decisions. He says he’s willing to toss out clergy and others involved in the sex abuse scandal that rocked the diocese.
When the scandal bloomed in 2018, some disheartened parishioners stopped going to Mass. Many of them have not returned. Collections and donations fell to area churches and the diocese, and the financial weight of scores of sex abuse lawsuits pushed the diocese into bankruptcy. The lengthy court proceeding is not expected to end this year.