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Op-ed: BlueCross BlueShield excludes Catholic Health facilities
Wed, Nov 5th 2014 03:00 pm
With the open enrollment period for Western New York seniors to choose their health care coverage for 2015 currently underway, Catholic Health is alerting area residents about important changes implemented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York to their Medicare Advantage offerings.
Justice Perspective: Voting is a moral obligation
Thu, Oct 30th 2014 03:40 pm
Do you realize that according to the Church you have a moral obligation to vote? The Church doesn't just encourage you to vote, or recommend voting; the Church states that participation in political life is a moral obligation. No matter how you might look at the current state of politics, our obligation is to participate in public life and to do so for the common good.
Bishop Malone: Election Day
Wed, Oct 29th 2014 03:00 pm
When I was bishop of the Diocese of Portland, we had the custom of hosting an annual social for our governor, state legislators and others in political life. It was an opportunity to thank men and women in elected office for their service to the people of Maine. It was also a moment for me to share reflections on various dimensions of Catholic teaching concerning issues of public policy current at the time.
Cultural Diversity: Celebrations of faith and Thanksgiving
Wed, Oct 22nd 2014 02:00 pm
From October through November we are given plenty of opportunities to celebrate our faith with the various cultures represented here in our diocese. In November, the Church in the United States celebrates Black Catholic History Month, the Puerto Ricans in our community will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Providence and the Native American Community celebrate National Native American Heritage Month.
Justice Perspective: Celebration of Life
Wed, Oct 15th 2014 02:00 pm
During this month of October we take time to remind ourselves that as Catholics we respect life, life in all its forms, life as the greatest gift of God. And we declare October to be Respect Life month. What a great celebration it should be - expressing our gratitude for the immeasurable variety of life, and how the human person participates in the light and power of the Spirit of God. Our celebration of life is, of course, marred by those events and practices that we recognize to be a part of a culture of death, and not a culture of life. And in this month, we particularly pay attention to the tragedy and the scandal of the presence of legalized abortion in our country.
Respect Life: Pray for all human life
Wed, Oct 8th 2014 01:00 pm
Pope Francis has captivated the world with his humility, warmth and compassion for each person. Vivid accounts of his tenderness for "the least of these" - the elderly, the imprisoned, those with disfiguring disabilities, the unborn and many more - seize our attention. Why?
Bishop Malone: Musings at the Sea of Galilee
Wed, Oct 1st 2014 01:00 pm
As most of you know, I returned recently from a Bishops' Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land. You can read more about that experience online. It was an intense experience that will take me some time to process, both in my mind and in my heart.
Justice Perspective: Personal responsibility for justice
Wed, Sep 24th 2014 04:00 pm
We can often get frustrated in our mission to help create a more just and peaceful world. Sometimes it seems that injustice is beyond our personal involvement, or that some issue is too overwhelming or seems just plain unsolvable.
Cultural Diversity: The beginning of Catholic Hispanic History in Buffalo
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 04:00 pm
The History of Hispanic Catholic Ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo began in the Steel City in 1949 when Bishop John O'Hara was called to address the spiritual needs of the Spanish speaking people in Lackawanna. The numbers of the Spanish-speaking Mexicans in that area was increasing.
Bishop Malone: The love of learning and a desire for God
Wed, Sep 10th 2014 03:00 pm
The title of this column is borrowed from a fine book on monastic culture and spirituality by Father Jean Leclerq, OSB. While monasticism is a blessed vocation within our Church, it is not, however, my topic this month. The love of learning and the desire for God is.
New program creating anticipation for school year
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 02:50 pm
One of the fondest memories I have of the first day of school, when I was a student (a thousand years ago), was that anticipation of a whole new year, a new teacher, new books, new friends and new things to learn. All things were possible.
Permanent Diaconate: Ministerial functions
Wed, Aug 27th 2014 02:00 pm
The Permanent Diaconate has been restored in the Church for nearly 50 years, and there is still some confusion as to what a deacon can do.
Pro-Life Activities: Criticism of Supreme Court decision is disrespecting religion
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 02:00 pm
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in the case of Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby. The Court said that the owners of Hobby Lobby, the Green family - devout Christians - are free to run their business according to their religious beliefs. The Greens had objected to paying for certain kinds of contraception in their employee health insurance plan, specifically, four different kinds of contraception that can cause early abortions.
Justice Perspective: Migration crisis should be guided by best interest of child
Wed, Aug 13th 2014 01:00 pm
They come across the border, fleeing the situation back home, sometimes brought into the U.S. by "coyotes" - the name for the paid "guides" who transport them. Since last October, there have been more than 60,000 of them who have been apprehended - and many more who have escaped detection. Recent government estimates are that more than 90,000 will come across the border in this fiscal year, and that number is likely to increase to more than 130,000 next year.
Cultural Diversity: Crisis at the Border
Wed, Aug 6th 2014 02:00 pm
The situation of children and families crossing the border is nothing new. It has been taking place for many years, but it's being highlighted now, because the numbers are larger than usual.
Permanent Diaconate: Role of Deacon dates back to early Church
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 02:15 pm
He is often seen standing at the right hand of the priest, assisting him in the celebration of the Mass, and proclaiming the Gospel. He is wearing a stole over his left shoulder and across his chest, symbolically leaving the right hand and shoulder unencumbered so as to offer service. He is a Roman Catholic deacon, and his ministry dates back to the time of the apostles.
Making a Difference: A fresh look at valuable gift on Catholic social teaching
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 12:00 pm
Catholic social teaching is unfortunately the Church's best kept secret. But because it directly addresses the world's most pressing social justice and peace issues, Catholic social teaching needs to come out of hiding and be discovered, read, preached, proclaimed and lived in our parishes, schools, universities, media, homes and society.
Justice Perspective: Issue of homelessness needs more than compassion
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 12:45 pm
You have certainly seen them on the street unless you purposely turn away and pretend they aren't there, or if you diligently avoid eye contact. You may or may not take notice of what they're wearing, like layers of clothing even in the heat.
Bishop Malone: Challenge of building religious relationship with youth
Wed, Jul 9th 2014 10:00 am
For several years, I have been following the research of Christian Smith, currently a professor and director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Notre Dame University. Smith and his colleagues began in 2001 the National Study of Youth and Religion, the most comprehensive national study ever conducted about American teens' religious and spiritual lives.
Cultural Diversity: Love is our mission
Thu, Jul 3rd 2014 10:00 am
This year's summer mission will take place July 8, 9 and 10, with the theme, "Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive."
Bishop Malone: The Good News in Catholic Education
Wed, Jun 25th 2014 02:00 pm
As this school year comes to a close, all of our schools are showcasing the great work, inventive creativity and high energy that always characterize our Catholic schools.
Justice Perspective: Inequality is the root of social evil
Wed, Jun 18th 2014 02:00 pm
Just about a month ago, Pope Francis created quite a stir when he sent out a tweet that said, "Inequality is the root of social evil." Two things happened. First, this was re-tweeted more than 17,000 times, and secondly, there was a great hue and cry from some corners about the over-simplification of economics by the pope, or at least that he was confusing.
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.