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Catholics called to witness
18 hours ago by Office of Communications

Although this was prepared in 2012, the message is still applicable for the 2014 election.

Faithful Citizenship and the Women’s Equality Act
4 days ago by Office of Communications


Father Robert Zilliox, Cheryl Calire, Steve Cichon, Jim Sorrentino and Barb Musilli were recently featured on WLOF-101.7FM, The Station of the Cross. The group participated in a panel presentation about Faithful Citizenship and the Women's Equality Act. The show aired on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25.

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"Consider this ... Domestic violence awareness"
Friday, October 24, 2014 by Daybreak TV Productions

Domestic violence awareness

Synod examines pastoral challenges of families
Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Patrick J. Buechi

The recent Extraordinary Synod of Bishops garnered the attention of the media, but for the wrong reasons. The Catholic Church will not be discussing same-sex marriages as some reports have stated, and the topic of people who have divorced and remarried receiving Holy Communion needs more discernment.

Media was buzzing with reports that Pope Francis, who has surprised many by being welcoming to homosexuals in the Church, was open to discussing gay marriage at the gathering of world bishops, which took place Oct. 5-19, 2014, in Vatican City. The fact is those two hot button issues were discussed, even debated, but failed to pass a vote. Misperceptions by the media may be attributed to a mistranslation of the Italian-text midterm report.

The theme of the Extraordinary Synod, “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” dealt with proclaiming the Gospel to the family of today in its many forms – including couples preparing for marriage, couples cohabitating, divorced, remarried and homosexual. The 183 bishops who gathered were encouraged by Pope Francis to speak their minds with freedom.

“The focus was, I think, on the standard traditional understanding of family as married people with kids. There are other ways of understanding family that go beyond that,” said Bishop Richard J. Malone. “The Holy Father’s instinct in calling the synod was, I think, in our world now, it’s challenging for a lot of people to live a full faithful, fruitful, happy married life and family life. The Church wants to know better, how do we strengthen our support of families.”

Bishop Malone did not attend the Synod and has not yet received any document regarding the outcome from the Vatican. He expects the Synod to be discussed at a November meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Zenit has printed a midterm report on its website. A three-paragraph section titled “Welcoming Homosexual Persons” asks more than it says. “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community,” the chapter starts. “Are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?” The section goes on to state, “The Church furthermore affirms that unions between people of the same sex cannot be considered on the same footing as matrimony between man and woman.” Reports have said that the final report, or Relatio Synodi, will differ greatly.

"Consider this ... Science and pro-life"
Friday, October 17, 2014 by Daybreak TV Productions

Science and pro-life


Bishop Malone visits St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute
Thursday, October 16, 2014 by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore.


WASHINGTON—The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, and the chairman of the USCCB’s Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, expressed serious disappointment at the October 6 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to consider current cases that strike down laws upholding marriage as between one man and one woman.

“Millions of Americans had looked to the Court with hope that these unjust judicial decisions might be reversed,” Bishop Malone and Archbishop Cordileone said. “The Supreme Court’s action fails to resolve immediately the injustice of marriage redefinition, and therefore should be of grave concern to our entire nation.”

Bishop Malone and Archbishop Cordileone’s full statement follows:

Upholding the inviolable dignity of every human person is a duty for all, and this duty entails the defense of the unique meaning of marriage as between one man and one woman. The Supreme Court’s decision not to take up any of the cases striking down state laws reflecting the authentic meaning of marriage in five states is extremely disappointing and surprising. All of these state laws were democratically enacted, including most by the direct vote of large majorities within just the last decade. Millions of Americans had looked to the Court with hope that these unjust judicial decisions might be reversed. Instead, as a result of the Supreme Court’s action today, those decisions are allowed to take effect. Furthermore, marriage laws in six other states are now in jeopardy.

Bishop Malone blesses animals
Tuesday, October 07, 2014 by Office of Communications















Bishop Richard J. Malone stands on the front steps of his home to deliver the annual Blessing of Animals. Saturday, October 4, was the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

Photo by Patrick McPartland, Western New York Catholic staff photographer

2014 Red Mass
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 by Office of Communications

Wearing the traditional red vestments, Bishop Richard J. Malone opens the annual Red Mass with prayer.

Photo by Patrick McPartland, Western New York Catholic photographer

Bishop Malone to celebrate Red Mass at downtown cathedral
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 by Office of Communications

Buffalo’s Bishop Richard J. Malone will be the main celebrant at the annual Red Mass for those involved in the legal and judicial systems. This special Mass will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 12:05 p.m. in St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. Hon. William M. Skretny, chief U.S. district judge for the Western District of New York, will offer remarks at the close of Mass.

Area judges, lawyers and public officials of all faiths, their staffs and all members of the community are encouraged to attend.