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Bishop Malone: To heal and strengthen the Diocese of Buffalo
Thu, Jan 3rd 2019 03:00 pm
My column will be brief this month, as I want to leave space for an important statement from the priests who serve our diocese as vicars or members of the Presbyteral Council.
A statement of solidarity from Presbyteral Council
Thu, Jan 3rd 2019 03:00 pm
The Presbyteral Council and the Vicars Forane met with Bishop Richard Malone on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. The priests committed themselves to work together with Bishop Malone to move forward in the healing process of the victims of clergy sexual abuse, the healing of the divisions within our diocese, and hope-filled steps towards the spiritual renewal and healing of our brother priests and all in our diocese. With these goals in mind, the following actions steps are being initiated:
Justice Perspective: CRS celebrates 75 years serving the world's most vunerable
Sun, Dec 30th 2018 03:00 pm
Take this simple quiz: 1. What is Catholic Relief Services? 2. What year did CRS begin, and why? 3. How many countries does CRS serve? 4. What are the guiding principles of CRS? 5. What three words used in the CRS logo define our purpose?
The other unexpected pregnancy: Elizabeth and Zechariah
Sun, Dec 23rd 2018 06:00 am
The gospel reading for this coming fourth Sunday of Advent recounts Mary's "hasty" visit to Elizabeth (Lk 1:39-45). Many reflections on this passage focus on Mary and rightly so since verse 42 is in the first part of our Hail Mary.
Let every heart prepare room for Him
Mon, Dec 17th 2018 04:00 pm
The poet T.S. Eliot once wrote, "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go." Taking a risk and entering the unknown begins a great adventure whose final destination is unknown and whose results cannot be calculated. God took a great risk and began a great adventure when he decided to send Jesus to the world.
Sound Board: He's the reason I sing
Mon, Dec 17th 2018 03:00 pm
Just the thought of Mass is very moving for many, but music is one of the many ways to give everything to God. Just closing your eyes and listening to the melody, listening to the lyrics and praying the song can make you at peace and aware that God is with you.
Cultural Diversity: The Trial of Juan Diego
Tue, Dec 11th 2018 03:00 pm
This Dec. 12, many throughout the world will join our Mexican brothers and sisters to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. St. John Paul II named her Mother of the Americas.
Bishop Malone: U.S. bishops confronting the evils of sexual abuse
Mon, Dec 10th 2018 02:00 pm
Perhaps you caught some of the recent Plenary Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, held in Baltimore from Nov. 12 through Nov. 15.
National appeal supports elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests
Tue, Dec 4th 2018 10:00 am
The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 8-9 in the Diocese of Buffalo. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, the appeal benefits 31,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests.
How to live as missionary disciples
Sun, Dec 2nd 2018 10:00 am
Wondering just how Catholics can live as missionary disciples? Pope Francis' suggests that we do it by visiting with those at the margins. In other words, we learn to be missionaries by spending time in the company of those with whom church insiders can find it most difficult. If we want our parishes to thrive and not merely survive, we need to pay attention to those who we find hardest to understand. Why? Because that is where many of God's people are. Our purpose is to connect, welcome and engage them.
Making a Difference: The courageous witness of Oscar Romero and Paul VI
Tue, Nov 27th 2018 11:00 am
Two very different men, facing different sets of dire challenges with prophetic courage, faithfully journeyed along two different paths to the same destination: sainthood!
Sound Board: Job, school and faith can work together
Tue, Nov 27th 2018 11:00 am
My name is Rebecca Young and I am a senior at the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart. My time on Youth Board so far this year has had a meaningful impact on my life already.
Rebuilding the House of God: Community and Temple
Mon, Nov 26th 2018 01:00 pm
In 587 BC, the Babylonians destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem and many Israelites were exiled to Babylonia or they fled to Egypt. Just as the people were referred to as the "House of David," they were also considered the "House of God" - both the building and the community were in ruins. Eventually, the Persians, under Cyrus, defeated the Babylonians, and the Israelites in Babylonia were allowed to return to the environs of Jerusalem. The task of those returnees was to rebuild their lives, their economy and their society, as well as their religious practice and the Temple of their God.
Venerable Nelson Baker, a bright light in dark times
Mon, Nov 26th 2018 12:00 pm
It was a proud moment for the Diocese of Buffalo when 15 deacons were ordained this past September at Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna. Upon entering this sacred space the awareness and immensity of God's presence is captivating. Those gathered to celebrate the ordination struggled to recall a time in recent memory when there were so many prepared and ready to serve the Lord and his Church.
Father Mancuso: Why Bishop Malone should stay
Fri, Nov 16th 2018 02:10 pm
As a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, I am concerned with the healing of both adult and child victims of abuse. I desire the reconciliation and the healing of the divisions in our Diocese. I long for the sanctification of the Clergy and the growth in holiness of all of the People of God. With all of this in mind: Here are three reasons why I support the Most Reverend Bishop Richard J. Malone to remain as bishop of Buffalo and lead us through the next two and a half years.
Justice Perspective: St. Oscar Romero was God's microphone for the oppressed
Fri, Nov 16th 2018 01:05 pm
Last month, on Sunday, Oct. 14, the Church canonized two giants of the 20th century Church - St. Paul VI and St. Oscar Romero.
Cultural Diversity: Celebrating our diversity and Black Catholic heritage
Fri, Nov 16th 2018 01:00 pm
Our church in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout the United States is already diverse and becoming more diverse every day. This past October, we gathered with over 3,500 Catholic Hispanics leaders from around the United States for the V National Encuentro working toward a better way to serve this growing population. Looking at ways we can all work together as we move forward into the future of the Church in the United States.
Ouch! Why? Please! Praying with the Lament Psalms
Thu, Nov 15th 2018 12:00 pm
The Book of Psalms contains the "Word of God" in the words of humans. Of the 150 Psalms in our biblical book, more than half of them are psalms of lament. Unfortunately, these psalms, at least the lament sections, are not used commonly in our Sunday lectionary and so we may have lost touch with this dimension of prayer; we need to recover it.
Bishop Malone: 'With God all things are possible'
Fri, Nov 2nd 2018 03:00 pm
As we move through this extremely difficult time in the Church's history, at the forefront of my mind each day and foremost in my prayers are all victims who have suffered at the hands of clergy they trusted. My heart hurts and I share in the anger, grief and disappointment felt by so many. This crisis has shaken our community of believers to its core. But as Jesus said in Matthew 19:26, "With man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible." Those words couldn't be truer. We as human beings are completely inept to do anything on our own, but with God, there is hope.
Making a Difference: The urgent need for a moral values-centered education
Tue, Oct 23rd 2018 02:00 pm
It's that time of year again, when many children, teens and adults fortunate enough to have access to formal education, head back to school to learn about such things as math, science, history and the arts.
Justice Perspective: Restorative justice is seeking reconciliation in a time of crisis
Tue, Oct 23rd 2018 02:00 pm
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse ...
Moving toward a consistent ethic of life
Mon, Oct 22nd 2018 03:25 pm
Billboards and signs with moving words and animated pictures boldly grab our attention, especially when we're driving. It is almost as if the words and pictures are leaping out at us. These messages can be so dazzling to us that we slow down to carefully read them and take them in.
Justice Perspective: Death penalty is an attack on the dignity of the person
Tue, Oct 16th 2018 10:55 am
On Aug. 9, the state of Tennessee executed 59-year-old Billy Ray Irick, who had been sentenced to death 32 years ago. Irick was responsible for the death of 7-year-old Paula Dyer, who had been left in his care, and the details of his crime are not appropriate for this publication. It was a heinous and vicious act.
Sound Board: It takes a bad knee to see the good
Wed, Oct 10th 2018 09:00 am
One second; that's how long it takes for a injury to occur. In my case, that is exactly how long it took for me to be out of sports for six months. I am now in my fourth month of recovery from surgery to replace my torn ACL, lateral meniscus, and medial meniscus and I can say that while the experience definitely wasn't fun, it wasn't entirely bad either.
Making a Difference: The urgent need for a moral values-centered education
Fri, Oct 5th 2018 04:00 pm
It's that time of year again, when many children, teens and adults fortunate enough to have access to formal education, head back to school to learn about such things as math, science, history and the arts.
Cultural Diversity: Blessed Carlos Manuel Rodriguez Santiago
Fri, Oct 5th 2018 03:00 pm
As we continue our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, I would like to introduce you to Blessed Carlos Manuel Cecilio Rodriguez. He was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, where my mother was born and her mother's family still lives today. He was born on Nov.22, 1918, to parents who had very strong Catholic roots. One of his brothers became a priest and one sister became a Carmelite nun. This year, many parishes throughout Puerto Rico are celebrating his jubilee year with pilgrimages and masses in his honor.
Bishop Malone: Every life is cherished, chosen, sent
Mon, Oct 1st 2018 02:00 pm
"Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent" has been a consistent theme of St. Pope John Paul II and 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.
Ancestry.com would find Jesus to be son of David
Thu, Sep 27th 2018 09:00 am
"The book of the genealogy of Jesus, Christ, son of David, son of Abraham," thus Matthew begins his gospel (1:1). This tongue-twister list of biblical names is only read on a weekday in Advent and most recent writing on the list has focused on the unusual inclusion of five women, namely Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, the wife of Uriah (Bathsheba) and Mary. However, since verse 1 presents the overall image of Jesus the Messiah (Christ) in Matthew, thoughts here will focus on "son of David" and "son of Abraham" as images applied of Jesus.
Make time for God and Church during the busy school year
Wed, Sep 26th 2018 10:00 am
The Back-to-School ads have been running since the 4th of July, and now September is here and back-to-school is real. Families all across Western New York are settling into a regular routine of waking early, packing lunches, catching the bus and doing homework. Families also start to get busy with many extra-curricular activities. Sports practices, scouts, or other clubs makes September feel even more hectic. Throw into the mix the suggestion that this can also be "back-to-church" time, and it could be enough to send a parent over the edge with the thought of too many commitments.
Sound Board: Why I veil
Thu, Sep 20th 2018 02:00 pm
"The covering of the head with a veil symbolizes the reality of woman sheltered in the side of her Source and becoming one with Him. She becomes covered and hidden in her Divine Spouse." - St. John Chrysostom
Cultural Diversity: Hope is an anchor of soul, sure and firm
Thu, Sep 13th 2018 10:00 am
Sept. 15-Oct. 15 of every year in the United States we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. This celebration began as a weeklong celebration by President Lyndon Johnson and became a monthlong celebration during Ronald Reagan's presidency in 1988. Across the United States schools, colleges, community organizations and churches celebrate.
New superintendent of Catholic Schools welcomes new year
Tue, Sep 11th 2018 04:00 pm
Another school year is upon us and our Catholic Schools will once again open its doors to children of all faiths. Though open to all faiths, our Catholic identity and Christian values are present, and clearly evident as the primary focus of each school along with an exemplary academic program. Families who choose Catholic education for their children understand that a spiritual learning environment helps to strengthen the Christian values they teach within their own homes. Having children who daily interact with other children practicing those Christian values and seeing them modeled by the adults around them helps strengthen our future families and communities.
An important message from Bishop Malone
Sat, Sep 1st 2018 01:50 pm
It is important that I once again address the topic which has caused so much pain for so many. You do not need me to remind you that grave sins and crimes committed by a small percentage of clergy have had wide-ranging and long-lasting effects both here in our diocese and in the worldwide Church. I am convinced that the best way to respond to complaints of past abuse and to restore trust in the Church and her clergy is to be as open and as transparent as reasonably possible in addressing the complaints and taking action against offending priests.
Making a Difference: Defending the unborn children at the edge of hell
Wed, Aug 29th 2018 03:00 pm
In the early months of his papacy, Pope Francis felt the urgent need to courageously preach on the actual existence of the devil, and the grave dangers of not taking his existence seriously (see: 1 Peter 5:8-9).
Hindering or welcoming children entering the kingdom
Tue, Aug 28th 2018 03:00 pm
The middle section of Mark's Gospel, 8:32-10:52, presents Jesus and His disciples journeying to Jerusalem. Three times in this section Jesus predicts his coming suffering and death. Each time the disciples misunderstand Jesus and the meaning of the cross. The second prediction 9:30-31, and the subsequent misunderstandings include two passages involving children.
Quenching our thirst for truth, instead of fake news
Wed, Aug 22nd 2018 03:00 pm
There is a thirst for truth and authenticity in our culture, the likes of which has never been seen before in the history of our country. The extreme polarization of thought and opinion has given rise to some of the most intense debate of which people are capable.
Justice Perspective: Do all you can to learn these issues, and act
Mon, Aug 20th 2018 09:25 am
I hope you read Bishop Richard J. Malone's column in the July issue that talked about "building bridges instead of walls." He ended his powerful reflection with this observation: "Do all you can to learn about these issues ... Study them through the lenses of sacred Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching. And then ... act!
Cultural Diversity: Missionary disciples are witnesses of God's love
Fri, Aug 10th 2018 10:00 am
"Go out and be missionary disciples, witnesses of God's love to the world," is what 300 delegates were called to do June 22-24. Thirteen delegates along with Bishop Richard J. Malone and Father Ryszard S. Biernat went to Albany for the Regional V Encuentro. Delegates came together from New York, Rochester, Albany, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Ogdensburg, Rockville Center and Syracuse. Those from our diocese are all very grateful to the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo who made it possible for them to attend.
Bishop Malone: Midsummer musings
Tue, Aug 7th 2018 11:40 am
As I write this column, I'm just home from some restful days back in Massachusetts, where I lived for 58 of my 72 years until I was called to Maine and then Western New York. It is always a grace to reconnect with cherished people and places, and to enjoy for a few days the beautiful and calming sight, sound and smells of the Atlantic Ocean.
Sound Board: Deus Caritas Est
Tue, Jul 31st 2018 10:00 am
In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI wrote his encyclical "Deus Caritas Est" which was a reminder of God's unfathomable love for humanity. His goal was to remind the world of the love God has for each individual and how limitless it really is.