Catholics in the Rochester-area are reacting to the news of Bishop Richard Malone’s resignation from the Diocese of Buffalo.

His resignation was accepted by Pope Francis Wednesday, amid the clergy sex abuse scandal.

"Going forward I think it’s a step in the right direction," said Stephen Ognibene of Batavia.

"I think it’s a good step forward," said Julie Carasone of Batavia. "I’m glad that he did I feel as though the Bishop should step down with everything over his head he can’t lead effectively.”

The Pope has appointed the Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger as a temporary successor.  He will fill the position of Apostolic Administrator. 

"The Holy Father has asked me to help out the people of the Diocese of Buffalo," Scharfenberger said at a news conference Wednesday.

The Buffalo Catholic Diocese includes parishes in Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties.

"We need somebody that can lead the Catholic Church back into good graces and gain and earn the trust of Catholics that have left the church, and we can’t do that with somebody that’s been immersed with the scandals and with the cover ups," said Carasone.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester issued a statement:

“The Diocese of Rochester offers prayers for Bishop Malone, Bishop Scharfenberger and the priests, deacons, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Buffalo in this time of transition.”

Scharfenberger says parishioners can plan on openness, candor and transparency.

"My first priorities will primarily be to listen. I want to hear what’s in your heart and what your concerns are, where you think we should go,” he said."We’re all family; the survivors of sexual abuse are our family. I want everyone to know that they will be treated with respect."