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Cultural Diversity: Bringing the Good News to family
Wed, Jun 11th 2014 02:00 pm
During the months of May and June we set time aside time to honor our mothers and fathers in heaven and here on earth. We gather to celebrate and give thanks in family for all that our parents do for us. Yet there are many families in our midst who do not have the opportunity to enjoy this gift that some of us may take for granted.
Catholic Communication Campaign helps get the 'Word' out
Wed, Jun 4th 2014 01:00 pm
Few would argue the power of the media today and the emergence and influence of social media can hardly be denied. Like most things in life, there are pros and cons to this. But everyone can agree that by using some form of media, one can get the word out.
Bishop Malone to Cuomo: "Keep your word"
Wed, May 28th 2014 11:25 am
It is important that our voices are heard not only on this public square, but we must, we must be heard all the way to the halls of the State capitol in Albany: the time for approval of the Education Investment Tax Credit is NOW - it's that simple.
Lifelong Faith Formation: Older Americans need to share their faith with others
Wed, May 21st 2014 11:00 am
One of the changes over the past year is that there is a new pope. Who would have guessed the cardinals had gone almost to the end of the earth to get him? This humble and well-planted leader has refreshing words for us daily, along with an unassuming style. Pope Francis asks us to love one another and not to judge others in their situation. He says, "Gossip can also kill" and not to spread it.
Bishop Malone: The challenges of Catholic schools in national context
Wed, May 14th 2014 10:00 am
One of my philosophy professors often reminded the class that in reading philosophy - or anything, really - there is no text apart from the context. What is the larger context when it comes to the painful subject of fewer Catholic schools?
Cultural Diversity: His resurrection made us 'Happy' people
Wed, May 7th 2014 10:00 am
This past Lent my office together with the parishes offered a three-day retreat with lay evangelist Richard Lane on evangelization. He challenged us in the pews to be enthusiastic about our faith. Be happy. Be enthusiastic. Share your stories.
Making a Difference: Two newest saints were voices for the voiceless
Wed, Apr 30th 2014 10:10 am
Saints John XXIII and John Paul II prophetically raised their voices on behalf of the suffering masses. They spoke truth to power, and challenged all of us to advance the kingdom of God - a kingdom of love, justice and peace.
Pro-Life Perspective: Children are not fashion accessories
Wed, Apr 23rd 2014 09:00 am
An article in The New York Times a few weeks ago caught my attention. It was about an effort to legalize commercial surrogacy in New York state, the process whereby people who wish to be parents pay a woman to rent out her womb to grow a baby.
Bishop Malone: Open wide your heart for Easter
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 03:00 pm
Isn't it a curious and concerning thing that so many of our Christian feasts have been overlaid - better, co-opted - by all sorts of customs that, though nice, have little to do with the essence of those feasts? Christmas comes first to mind, which for too many folks seems more a consumer-driven winter wonderland festival than the celebration of our Savior's birthday. And don't let me get me started on what popular American culture has done to the vigil of the Solemnity of all Saints ... better known, sadly, as Halloween.
Justice Perspective: Reduce, reuse, recycle and repent
Wed, Apr 9th 2014 03:00 pm
I know there is a picture somewhere of me and some of my fellow Bishop Turner High School students digging a hole to plant a tree in celebration of the first Earth Day. That was 44 years ago in 1970. The Vietnam War raged on, student protestors were killed by police at Kent State, and Apollo 13 abandoned its mission.
FAQ gives insight into school closings
Thu, Apr 3rd 2014 02:00 pm
Following the Jan. 15, 2014, announcement that 10 Catholic elementary schools would close, the Department of Catholic Schools received a large number of telephone calls, letters and emails, with questions concerning the process. The following are answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Cultural Diversity: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 02:00 pm
April 1 marks about the half way mark along our Lenten journey. Many of us have been given opportunities to participate in parish and diocesan retreats. We are continuing weekly Stations of the Cross at the parish or Lenten Bibles Series. Some parishes are offering missions.
Cultural Diversity: We need to be 'Unafraid' to share Gospel
Wed, Mar 26th 2014 02:00 pm
The other day, I came across a monologue called "Unafraid," about a young girl from Somalia whose father was a missionary. His passion for sharing Christ landed him in jail and he was beaten because he was Christian. Nevertheless he continued teaching about Jesus to the prisoners and to everyone around him.
Bishop Malone: In God's office
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 01:00 pm
The Catholic Relief Services staffer was describing her young son's unique way of answering a classmate's question about where his mother worked. He told his friend, intending to communicate that she is on staff at CRS's San Salvador office, "She works in God's house."
Justice Perspective: Racism and criminal justice system
Wed, Mar 12th 2014 11:00 am
"The new forms of racism must be brought face to face with the figure of Christ" - U.S. Bishops, "Brothers and Sisters to Us."
Making a Difference: Brief experience as a homeless person
Wed, Mar 5th 2014 11:15 am
For quite some time I have had an interest in the plight of the homeless. I have read about it, prayed over it, and have done small things to help.
Vocations: Discernment helps recognize call
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 11:00 am
A vocation is something that we all have. God has entrusted to each person a particular job or task that has not been entrusted to anyone else. God calls us within our own hearts, but also in and through the believing community we call the Church.
Justice Perspective: Poverty and sinful structures
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 10:00 am
Back in November 2013, Pope Francis released an "Apostolic Exhortation" called "Evangelii Gaudium," "The Joy of the Gospel." It is as wide in scope as it is daunting in length. As a PDF from the Vatican site, it runs more than 200 pages. This has, I am sure, scared many away from even beginning to read it.
Bishop Malone: I'm all yours
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 09:00 am
If anyone is looking for me on Feb. 14, I will be in Portland, Maine - and not on a vacation! That day, the memorial of Saints Cyril and Methodius (and, though not in the official liturgical calendar, St. Valentine's Day!) is the long-awaited date for the Mass of Installation of the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Portland. Bishop Robert P. Deeley, my successor, was a seminary classmate when we began our studies for the priesthood in Cardinal O'Connell Seminary in Boston in September of 1964. We offer him our prayers for a blessed and fruitful tenure as Maine's new chief shepherd.
Cultural Diversity: Pray as though everything depends on God
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 03:00 pm
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the National Day of Prayer for the African-American and African Family. The theme Father Jim Goode, founder of this day and Solid Ground Ministry, chose, comes from St. Augustine of Hippo, "Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you." We celebrate this annually on Feb. 2.
Catholic Schools Week: Look inside our schools
Wed, Jan 29th 2014 03:00 pm
The adage goes, "Don't judge a book by its cover." The moral behind the adage is that what you see on the outside may be quite different from what you see when you look further. The same is true of our Catholic schools.
Life Issues Forum: Each human masterpiece possess intrinsic value
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 03:00 pm
As I watched in shock, the same questions kept coming back to me: How can these soldiers do this? How can they act so brutally against their fellow man?
Cultural Diversity: The Apostolic Exhortation 'Evangelii Gaudium'
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 02:55 pm
On Nov. 24, 2013, the feast of Christ the King, Pope Francis presented our Church with his first apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" which translates to Joy of the Gospel. This exhortation is divided into five chapters: The Church's Missionary Transformation, Amid the Crisis of Communal Commitment, The Proclamation of the Gospel, The Social Dimension of Evangelization and Spirit-filled Evangelizers. The apostolic exhortation speaks both to evangelization and social justice.
Justice Perspective: Peace through friendship, social charity, solidarity and fraternity
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 01:50 pm
Each January 1 marks a celebration of the "World Day of Peace" and along with that comes a message from the pope regarding our own participation in bringing about a "peaceable kingdom" here on earth. This year Pope Francis, in his first Peace Day message, has chosen to emphasize the idea of "fraternity" as "the foundation and pathway to peace."
Bishop Malone: Pope Francis has attracted the world's attention
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 01:00 pm
The fact that Time magazine chose Pope Francis from among some other very, very compelling possibilities as Person of the Year reveals the worldwide acclaim the man is achieving and the acceptance and the fascination.
Faith Perspective: God shows His love and forgiveness to us at Christmas
Wed, Dec 18th 2013 01:00 pm
I have in my files a note passed to me some years ago. It relates to a survey of the words or phrases people most like to hear said to them with sincerity. The most welcomed phrase: "I love you." In second place: "You are forgiven." In third place (are you ready for this?): "Supper is ready." Those three most welcomed phrases are said to us at Christmas.
Cultural Diversity: Guadalupe, a sign of hope
Wed, Dec 11th 2013 09:00 am
On Dec. 12, many throughout the world will join our Mexican brothers and sisters to celebrate the Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe. Pope John Paul II named her Mother of the Americas.
Diocese ranks first in Retirement Fund for Religious appeal
Fri, Dec 6th 2013 09:00 am
The great generosity of the people of Western New York was very evident in the 2012 Retirement Fund for Religious appeal. For the first time in the history of this 25-year appeal, the Diocese of Buffalo ranked first in the nation, collecting $884,000. Although this amount includes online donations from throughout the United States, more than $775,000 was contributed locally. Approximately $768,000 of this amount was distributed to congregations of women ($631,222) and men ($137,514) religious that serve in the Diocese of Buffalo.
Bishop Malone: Your thoughts on the Synod on the Family?
Wed, Dec 4th 2013 09:00 am
In its preparation for the October 2014 Extraordinary General Synod of Bishops on the theme "The Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization," the Holy See is asking the world's bishops to consult "widely" among the Catholic faithful. So it is that there is a questionnaire, provided by the Vatican, available on this website.
Stan is Catholic on purpose
Fri, Nov 29th 2013 09:00 am
Stan is a cradle Catholic, from a large family. A doctor by trade, he married and raised two children. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that he stays quite active and healthy. What may be a surprise is that he wears a scapular, and spends more time praying the rosary, attending Mass or adoration, and reading the Bible than he does in recreation or exercise.
Bishop Malone: Time to reflect on blessings
Wed, Nov 27th 2013 09:00 am
With Thanksgiving Day approaching, it is an opportune moment for me to say a sincere "Thank you!" to the good people of the Diocese of Buffalo. I am a few months into my second year as your bishop.
Catholic Difference: A papal canonization doubleheader
Wed, Nov 20th 2013 09:00 am
I doubt that Pope Francis has heard of Ernie Banks, the Hall of Fame shortstop. But like "Mr. Cub," whose love for baseball led him to exclaim "Let's play two!" before Sunday doubleheaders in the 1950s, the pope from the end of the world seems to think that papal canonizations are better in tandem: hence the recent announcement that Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II will be canonized together on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014.
Cultural Diversity: Prayer changes things
Wed, Nov 6th 2013 09:00 am
November is Black Catholic History Month, as named by the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus. This year the diocesan African and African-American Commissions of the Office of Cultural Diversity kicked off the celebration with a Revival that took place at St. Martin de Porres in October.
"Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord"
Tue, Dec 25th 2012 03:35 pm
Bishop Malone's Christmas message:
Bishop Malone: Need to be informed, active participants in politics
Fri, Nov 2nd 2012 03:00 pm
Soon we will go to the polls to cast our votes for the president and vice president of the United States, congressional representatives, and state and local officials. When exercising our voting rights, we are not only acting as good citizens. We are also putting our faith into concrete action. Catholics, by virtue of our baptism, are called to be salt to the earth and light to the world. We must not hide our light under a bushel basket, but rather courageously defend our moral principles and promote human dignity and the common good in the public square.
HHS mandate's coercive nature is fact, not opinion
Sat, Oct 27th 2012 02:00 pm
During the Oct. 11 debate, Vice President Joseph Biden looked into the camera and emphatically said: "With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution — Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital — none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact."
Bishop Kmiec: This is the day the Lord has made
Sun, Apr 8th 2012 11:00 am
With our Lenten journey near its conclusion, we turn our focus from fasting, abstinence and almsgiving, to Christ's suffering on the cross for us, His resurrection and the promise of eternal life.
Rallying for religious freedom
Fri, Mar 23rd 2012 11:10 am
Bishop Kmiec's statement for the Rally for Religious Freedom in downtown Buffalo:
Journey to the foot of the Cross
Tue, Feb 21st 2012 10:00 am
Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offers "10 Things to Remember for Lent" as the Church prepares to begin the season with Ash Wednesday on February 22:
Six more things everyone should know about the HHS mandate
Wed, Feb 15th 2012 03:35 pm
1. The rule that created the uproar has not changed at all, but was finalized as is. Friday evening, after a day of touting meaningful changes in the mandate, HHS issued a regulation finalizing the rule first issued in August 2011, "without change." So religious employers dedicated to serving people of other faiths are still not exempt as "religious employers." Indeed, the rule describes them as "non-exempt."