The Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education on Thursday upheld Buffalo Catholic Bishop Richard Malone's decision to close St. Bernadette School in Orchard Park, St. Francis of Assisi in Tonawanda and St. Mary of the Lake School in Hamburg.
The bishop said in a statement that he is relieved with the ruling, and that his decision was based on extensive research and analysis.
Bishop Malone issued the following statement:
I am relieved that the Congregation for Catholic Education has upheld my decision, which was based on extensive research and analysis. It reinforces the authority of the diocesan bishop to make decisions of this nature and reflects my obligation as bishop to take into consideration all Catholic education in Western New York when determining the reconfiguration of our Catholic elementary schools.