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Edward Urban Kmiec (born June 4, 1936, Trenton, New Jersey) is the thirteenth and current Roman Catholic Bishop of Buffalo. Prior to his appointment as the Bishop of Buffalo in 2004, Kmiec served as Bishop of Nashville. In 1982,then Msgr. Kmiec, who had been master of ceremonies and secretary for two Bishops of Trenton; Bishop Ahr, and later for Bishop Reiss, was named Auxiliary Bishop of Diocese of Trenton.

Almost immediately after arriving in Buffalo, Kmiec began the task of downsizing the number of parishes and schools throughout the diocese. The "Journey of Faith and Grace", as the downsizing restructure plan was named, nears completion as of 2009. Dozens of churches and schools were closed, but not without a great deal of controversy. These closures were viewed by many as unnecessary.

Bishop Kmiec has argued that the pulpit is not the appropriate place for confronting politicians.[citation needed]

The Buffalo News was the first to break the story of what became a major situation during Kmiec's tenure as Bishop of Buffalo. The removal of Monsignor Fred R. Voorhes, as Administrator of St. Teresa's in South Buffalo and the subsequent dismissal of Marc J. Pasquale, as Business Administrator and Director of Religious Education at St. Teresa's [1] gained much popularity in the press. Parishioners expressed in interviews with The Buffalo News [2], WGRZ NEWS [3], WIVB News [4] and YNN [5] their discontent with these removals. WIVB Channel 4 News reported that Mr. Pasquale had gone to the Erie County District Attorney's Office prior to his dismissal to raise concerns about questionable financial practices [6]. The Buffalo News also reported that both Msgr. Voorhes and Mr. Pasquale had raised concern prior to their dismissals [7]. In a later story, The Buffalo News reported that parishioners had begun circulating a petition to Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States and to Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, asking that the entire matter be investigated. The petition mentioned and The Buffalo News reported the petetition's question as to the involvement of Monsignor David G. LiPuma, secretary to Bishop Kmiec [8]. This situatiion follows other issues of financial scandal within the Diocese of Buffalo during Kmiec's episcopate [9]. Within days of the situation at St. Teresa's, the Diocese of Buffalo issued a press release announcing that they had closed the 2008-2009 fiscal year with a $6 million dollar operating deficit. This press release was followed by an official announcement of the deficit in the September, 2009 edition of the Western New York Catholic [10].


References

1. "The Buffalo News"; August 27, 2009; Tokasz, Jay.
2. "The Buffalo News"; August 27, 2009;  Tokasz, Jay.
3. "WGRZ Channel 2 News", August 31, 2009; Ewing, Claudine.
4. "WIVB Channel 4 News"; August 27, 2009; Moretti, Luke.
5. "YNN"; September 1, 2009
6. "WIVB Channel 4 News"; August 27, 2009, Moretti, Luke.
7. "The Buffalo Neews"; August 27, 2009; Tokasz, Jay.
8. "The Buffalo News"; September 1, 2009; Tokasz, Jay.
9. "The Buffalo News"; August 27, 2009; Tokasz, Jay.

10. "The Western New York Catholic"; September, 2009 edition.

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