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Justice Perspective: From a Catholic perspective, health care is a basic human right
Fri, Feb 17th 2017 04:20 pm
Within all of the debate of what to do with the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") - and how to replace, revise or remove it - almost all of the emphasis is on the cost and the coverages. Of course, these are the practical issues of prudential judgment that need to be made regarding any public policy. But, as in all prudential judgments, the decisions that should be made must come from some set of principles, not solely based on what works best.
Cultural Diversity: Stand for what you believe
Mon, Feb 13th 2017 11:25 am
Every year since 1989, Father Jim Goode, OFM, asked that in all our parishes we begin National Black History Month by praying for the African and African-American family. He began what is known today as National Day of Prayer for the African-American and African Family. The day designated for this celebration is the first Sunday in February.
Making a Difference: Remembering MLK and a king's advice to the president
Wed, Feb 8th 2017 08:00 am
I believe it is no mere coincidence that the U.S. national holiday celebrating the inspiring life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 16) was positioned within the same week as the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump.
Bishop Malone: It's a matter of life and death
Mon, Feb 6th 2017 03:00 pm
Two lethal bills have been introduced in Albany: A.1748 in relation to abortion expansion, and A.10059/S.7579 in relation to legalizing physician-assisted suicide.
Evangelization: Bringing Catholics together through sports
Sat, Feb 4th 2017 08:00 am
Sports are like religion in many ways. People identify with sports teams the way they identify with their religion. They gather to celebrate and sing together. Sometimes they mourn together. People dress in special clothes to play or just be a fan. There are even similarities with the halls of fame and canonized saints.
Sound Board: I resolve to live positvely dangerously
Tue, Jan 31st 2017 09:20 am
Christmas and New Year's have now passed, which means it is the season of resolutions.
Justice Perspective: Commit to making active nonviolence our way of life
Sun, Jan 15th 2017 08:00 am
Those of us who were around in 1968 remember what a tumultuous year it was: the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, the escalation of the war in Vietnam, the beginning of "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland and an enormous humanitarian crisis in Biafra caused by the Nigerian civil war.
Bishop Malone: Peace be with you and in you
Thu, Jan 5th 2017 02:00 pm
Jan. 1, 2017, marked the 50th World Day of Peace, which is an observance that was initiated by Pope Paul VI. In his message for this 50th World Day of Peace, Pope Francis invites us to reflect on "nonviolence as a style of politics for peace." The Holy Father recalls Blessed Paul VI's message for the first World Day of Peace in which he declared that "peace is the only true direction of human progress - and not the tensions caused by ambitious nationalisms, nor conquests by violence, nor repressions which serve as mainstay for a false civil order." Pope Paul cited St. John XXIII's encyclical Pacem in Terris to extol "the sense and love of peace founded upon truth, justice, freedom and love."
Sound Board: Preparing for the joy of Christmas
Sat, Dec 24th 2016 08:00 am
This winter, Catholics should not just prepare with rock salt and shovels, but also begin preparing their hearts for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Justice Perspective: Helping small farmers to make big change in the world
Thu, Dec 22nd 2016 08:00 am
Each of us is called to do our part as consumers to ensure that the economy works for everyone. Pope Francis declared, "We must recover the whole sense of gift, of gratuitousness, of solidarity ... This home is a place that teaches charity, a 'school' of charity, which instructs me to go encounter every person, not for profit, but for love."
Longing for Advent faith and hope like a child
Wed, Dec 21st 2016 01:00 pm
We pray with our sons about waiting for Christ at Christmas and listening for His voice or feeling His presence. "What does He sound like? How will I know He's talking to me?" they ask. It's difficult to answer. I haven't felt God's presence in a long time.
Cultural Diversity: Open our hearts to the Christ Child of peace
Wed, Dec 21st 2016 01:00 pm
This Christmas, we need to open our hearts to the Christ Child of peace. There is violence and war, and so much uncertainty. We have people living in the fear of the unknown. In the world, we have so many families crying and not knowing where they are going to live, or if they even will live, with all the bombings going on around them. In our own country, there is so much division and violence. How do we, as Christians, share the hope the Christ Child brings to the world?
Auschwitz experience teaches students about humanity
Wed, Dec 14th 2016 02:15 pm
"Come here, you free citizen of the world, whose life is safeguarded by human morality and whose existence is guaranteed through law. I want to tell you how modern criminals and despicable murderers have trampled the morality of life and nullified the postulates of human existence." - Zalman Gradowski, murdered at Auschwitz, 1945. What a challenging invitation and a sobering reminder of the recurring power of evil.
Bishop Malone: Closing out the Year of Mercy
Mon, Dec 12th 2016 11:00 am
As I write these words to you, we are experiencing the end of two long-term events: the presidential election and the Jubilee Year of Mercy. While the close of the Year of Mercy is bittersweet, the end of the election could not come soon enough. Yet the close proximity of these two closures offers us much food for thought and reflection.
Religious retirement collection raises money for health care and basic needs
Mon, Dec 5th 2016 02:00 pm
Twenty-nine years ago, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops had the foresight to anticipate the retirement needs of congregations of women and men religious who had worked for the Church in the United States since the late 18th century.
Making a Difference: The world needs saints
Sun, Dec 4th 2016 07:00 am
You are reading this shortly after the U.S. presidential election. America's next leader will have the means at hand to do tremendous good or tremendous harm.
Cultural Diversity: Celebrating Black Catholic history and diversity
Sat, Nov 12th 2016 09:00 am
Our Church today, throughout the United States, is becoming more diverse every day. As we begin National Black Catholic History Month, let us embrace the African-American Catholics in our diocese by welcoming our brothers and sisters and committing to listen to some of the experiences that they encounter, not only in our parishes but also in our communities and workplaces. Are we ready to embrace this culture and all the other cultures that are part of our diocese today? Are we ready to forgive some of the hurts that may have taken place in the past, so that together we can move forward in peace and harmony?
Making a Difference: The crucial importance of voting with a Christian conscience
Sun, Nov 6th 2016 07:00 am
Throw your political affiliation out the window. But you're a loyal Democrat. Or perhaps instead, you're a loyal Republican. Never mind that. Your political affiliation is not that important.
Justice Perspective: The other races on Election Day
Sat, Nov 5th 2016 07:00 am
Can there be any doubt that this election cycle has been unlike any other that we have seen in many years? Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, we are told, have had historically unfavorable ratings, and have engendered stronger dislike than past candidates. And some observers remark that these two candidates have succeeded in polarizing our country to a greater extent than it was before the primaries began.
Bishop Malone: Election Reflection II
Wed, Nov 2nd 2016 08:45 am
It's a common experience for bishops. Often enough, after we have addressed some controversial moral issue (which may also be a neuralgic political issue), we get mail. This intensifies during an election season. No surprise there.
Justice Perspective: No longer slaves, but brothers and sisters
Mon, Oct 24th 2016 09:00 am
Imagine an evil that is so widespread that it affects over 21 million people worldwide, but is hardly ever talked about. Imagine that same evil to be the third-most profitable form of organized crime, right after drugs and weapons trades, with close to $150 billion in illicit annual revenue - and yet it is almost never addressed as an issue.
Cultural Diversity: Healing and reaching out to suffering families
Tue, Oct 18th 2016 03:00 pm
This past week, I heard that the son of a classmate of mine suddenly died of what seems to be a drug overdose. The family, as you may imagine, is devastated. His aunt came to visit me shortly after the funeral and it was so obvious how much pain and suffering her family was going through.
Bishop Malone: Election Reflection I
Fri, Oct 14th 2016 01:00 pm
I haven't met many people who are not by now exasperated, confounded and dismayed by the ongoing presidential election campaign. Ordinarily in an election year I would be looking forward to the day after the election; at least the war of words would be (pretty much) behind us. This time, however, I expect that I will feel no better about the national situation then than I do right now, a few weeks away from Nov. 8. In fact, I may feel worse.
Bishop Malone: Join us for a celebration of life
Fri, Sep 30th 2016 12:00 pm
"Moved by Mercy" has been a consistent theme of Pope Francis and one that has particular urgency today. This year's theme for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Respect Life Program fills us with encouragement and hope and calls us to love, defend and celebrate all human life. It calls us to joyfully follow the example of Christ, to love without limits, and further, to act on that sense of true Christian charity.
Parish Life: We grow when we take a look at ourselves inside out
Fri, Sep 23rd 2016 12:00 pm
Our parish has a clear sense of purpose. We are a parish for newcomers. This was an easy choice for us, being surrounded by refugees and immigrants. Perhaps we are not so unique if one considers that more than one in 10 people relocate each year, and that rate doubles for young adults.
Holy Name Society: Members should think about their outlook on life
Wed, Sep 21st 2016 08:00 am
In today's world, I have observed many hardships over many years that have affected many of us in the Catholic Church today. I wonder: when did it begin? Was it with the Vatican II Council, or did it really begin after the crucifixion of our beloved son, Jesus Christ?
Bishop Malone: Back to school ... for all of us!
Sun, Sep 18th 2016 08:00 am
For a few weeks now, the "back to school" ads have been signaling the waning of summertime (for which I, a cold weather aficionado, am very grateful this year - apologies to you heat lovers out there!)
Cultural Diversity: A time to celebrate and a time to learn
Mon, Sep 12th 2016 09:20 am
During this time of uncertainty, and sometimes even hate, that some of our Hispanic brothers and sisters in Christ are feeling in this country, let us join in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Proud of our schools
Wed, Sep 7th 2016 08:00 am
As we open our schools in this, the 170th year of the existence of the Diocese of Buffalo, we can be proud of the state of our Catholic schools in 2016.
Retreat in everyday life
Tue, Aug 30th 2016 03:00 pm
Desiring a closer union with God, I attended daily Mass, enrolled in a Bible study, helped with programs at my parish. I prayed daily rosaries, made regular use of the Sacrament of Confession. Still I thirsted for more. God seemed far from me, and I felt like I needed to present myself in a certain fashion in order to be worthy of a closer relationship with God.
Justice Perspective: Racism - America's original sin
Tue, Aug 30th 2016 12:00 pm
We had not even finished drying our tears and saying prayers for the families of the victims of the Orlando shooting in June when a horrific week of events confronted us in July.
Cultural Diversity: May we be the light of hope
Fri, Aug 26th 2016 03:00 pm
I have been saddened by the events that took place in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas. As I heard and saw this happening again, my heart just was so heavy. I wanted to do something, but the feeling was also overwhelming. How can we get rid of this terrible sin?
New editor wants to hear your stories
Sat, Aug 13th 2016 08:00 am
Hello, Diocese of Buffalo. I would like to introduce myself. My name is Patrick McPartland, and I am the new managing editor of the Western New York Catholic newspaper.
Bishop Malone: Pilgrimage to the City of Saints
Wed, Aug 10th 2016 10:00 am
Saints... you can sense their influence, in a mysterious way even their presence, everywhere in Kraków. St. John Paul II and St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, of course, are prominent. Then there is the cell at Auschwitz that memorializes St. Maximilian Kolbe, who gave his life so that another prisoner could live. Today I offered catechesis and celebrated Eucharist with hundreds of pilgrims from Ireland in a parish church dedicated to the great St. Casimir.
Bishop Malone: Support the Retired Diocesan Priests' Medical Benefits Fund
Sat, Aug 6th 2016 08:00 am
Throughout the long history of our diocese, we have been served by hundreds and hundreds of dedicated priests. Today, there are 128 retired diocesan priests incurring the cost of living either on their own or the cost of living in one of our diocesan retirement homes.
Faith Perspective: Little Sisters of the Poor uphold Church teaching
Mon, Jul 18th 2016 10:00 am
United States have observed the Fortnight for Freedom in preparation for Independence Day on July 4. The theme set by the U.S. Bishops' Conference for this year's fortnight is "Witnesses to Freedom."
Sound Board: Holy Spirit moved me
Fri, Jul 15th 2016 03:00 pm
If someone told me that my faith would change my life a few years ago, I would not have believed them. I used to be someone that didn't want to go to church and sometimes not even Sunday school.
Justice Perspective: Confronting the gun culture
Tue, Jul 12th 2016 09:35 am
There is an old proverb that says, "What the eye does not see, the heart does not grieve over." How difficult it is for us to truly empathize with the sufferings or pain of another if we are not really witness to it, or have a connection with the one suffering.
Cultural Diversity: National V Encuentro
Sat, Jul 9th 2016 08:00 am
The national Encuentros began in the Catholic Church in the United States in 1972. Since then, there have been three other Encuentros - 1977, 1985 and 2000. The third Encuentro brought together hundreds of thousands of Catholics from around the country in a consultation process that led to establishment of the National Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry in the United States, which also inspired the rise of Spanish speaking bishops, priests, deacons and lay leadership in diocesan offices and parishes throughout our nation.
Bishop Malone: On my mind ...
Sun, Jul 3rd 2016 08:00 am
It was American Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr who famously declared that the Christian teaching on original sin is "the only empirically verifiable doctrine of the Christian faith."