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Justice Perspective: Overcome indifference and win peace
Tue, Mar 1st 2016 12:00 pm
I recently taught a Continuing Education course in Catholic social teaching at Christ the King Seminary, and during one of our discussions a participant pointed out that it is hard to pay attention to so much of what is going on in the world when we are busy working, raising a family, caring for parents, and just trying to keep things together.
Bishop Malone: Holy doors and God's indulgent mercy
Mon, Feb 29th 2016 09:00 am
Pope Francis, in calling the Church to celebrate this Jubilee Year of Mercy, invites Catholics everywhere to "gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father's action in our lives."
Vocations is a ministry for all
Wed, Feb 24th 2016 11:45 am
In June of last year my priestly ministry underwent a significant shift in focus as I left my work as parochial vicar at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Niagara Falls and began a new role as director of Vocations for our diocese.
Cultural Diversity: Do whatever He tells you
Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 09:00 am
The diocesan celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took place on Sunday, Jan. 17, at St. Martin de Porres Parish in Buffalo.
Vine and Branches: Truths of Natural Family Planning need to be clear
Thu, Jan 28th 2016 03:00 pm
Many of us in the pro-life movement have heard someone make the claim that they're firmly against abortion but see nothing wrong with contraception. This statement shows a common confusion that blurs the truth, espoused and cherished by our Church, about the gift of life and the dignity of every person.
Year of Mercy: RICA is a journey of mercy
Fri, Jan 22nd 2016 03:00 pm
When unbaptized adults (or older children) seek to join the Catholic Church, they are "embedded" in their parish community for a time of faith formation called the Catechumenate, which culminates in the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation and full membership in the Church.
Cultural Diversity: Do you know mercy?
Fri, Jan 15th 2016 03:00 pm
This Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis invites us all to not just meditate on this theme but to also get involved, reach out and get others with this gift that we so many times are given undeservingly by our heavenly Father. We are given it practically every single day and may not even realize it.
New Year musings from Bishop Malone
Wed, Jan 6th 2016 09:00 am
Bishop Malone opens the New Year with a number of thoughts and reflections.
Vine and Branches: Natural Family Planning is a beautiful teaching of the Church
Sat, Dec 26th 2015 10:00 am
They say hindsight is 20-20 and we have now had almost 50 years to look at the evolution of our culture since the availability of the birth control pill and since Pope Paul VI wrote the encyclical "Humanae Vitae." The last half century of practice reveals some of the truths about both of these watershed events in human history.
Justice Perspective: Desperate conditions, desperate choices
Fri, Dec 18th 2015 01:25 pm
In the span of just over two weeks last month, the ISIS terror network claimed responsibility for downing a Russian passenger jet, carrying out a suicide bombing in Baghdad, deadly explosions in Beirut, and multiple, coordinated attacks in Paris, killing hundreds and wounding hosts of others.
Parish Life: Move over for the game-changing generation this Christmas
Fri, Dec 18th 2015 01:00 pm
The iGeneration, Y-Generation, Millennials, Mosaics - whatever the label, they may be the game-changer generation for our parishes.
Bishop Malone: Take advantage of all the Jubilee Year of Mercy offers
Wed, Dec 16th 2015 09:00 am
I write this month from Baltimore, where the bishops of the United States are gathered for our annual Fall Plenary Meeting. As we concelebrated the Eucharist early this Sunday morning. I offered Mass for all of you who constitute the community of faith that is the Diocese of Buffalo. (Did you know that diocesan bishops offer one Mass each Sunday and holy day of obligation pro populo, that is, "for the people," just as pastors are required to do weekly for their parishioners?)
Cultural Diversity: Visit of Pope Francis
Fri, Dec 11th 2015 09:00 am
The pilgrimage to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families and Washington, D.C., to see Pope Francis took plenty of sacrifices. We traveled by bus, train and foot, walking sometimes miles to see him.
Year of Mercy: Forgiving the seemingly unforgivable
Fri, Dec 11th 2015 09:00 am
In proclaiming an "Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy," Pope Francis has called us all to embrace mercy and recognize it as, "God's loving concern for each one of us." He states emphatically that God's mercy has no limits, and that all of us should strive to follow His example by always being ready to forgive.
Religious Retirement Collection helps with housing needs, health care
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 09:00 am
Twenty-Eight 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. Most of these congregations, whose focus had been on providing services to the Church and its pastoral, educational and health care needs, were without adequate savings or investments for the care of retired members. It was at this time that dioceses throughout the country were asked to take up an annual collection to assist these religious congregations in providing funding for the anticipated retirement needs of their members.
Vine and Branches: Exposing the culture of death
Fri, Nov 20th 2015 03:00 pm
Imagine leaving your home on any particular morning and noticing that the cars in your neighborhood all have flat tires. Up and down the block, in driveway after driveway, are cars parked with flat tires. And imagine that on your daily commute, the vast majority of cars on the expressway are actually making their way through traffic in cars without any air in their tires.
Concern for refugees and immigrants
Fri, Nov 20th 2015 11:00 am
We have all been horrified by the senseless terrorist attacks in Paris. Join me in fervent prayer for victims of the massacre, for justice for ISIS leaders and killers, and for world peace.
Justice Perspective: Pope Francis' challenge to American Catholics
Tue, Nov 17th 2015 09:00 am
In the six days that Pope Francis visited the United States, he was able to command the attention of virtually everyone in the country. By spending time in the nation's Capital, the home of the United Nations and Wall Street, and the birthplace of American freedom, he was able to speak to and reflect on the great icons of what it means to be American.
Cultural Diversity: It's prime time!
Fri, Nov 13th 2015 09:05 am
This past October, Father Chester Smith, SVD, asked everyone at the Revival what time was it and everyone would yell out, "It's prime time!" As I recall the excitement of the pope's visit, his homilies, his messages through words and actions our response to this should be, "Prime Time!" What does it mean? I believe it's when we cannot let the excitement and joy of his message die. We have to not only bring the good news of Christ to others, but also we must do it through our actions of love, hope and charity.
Justice Perspective: It's wonderful ... life!
Wed, Oct 28th 2015 01:40 pm
A couple of months from now when the Christmas season rolls around again, I know that my wife and I will once again watch her favorite Christmas movie - "It's a Wonderful Life." You probably remember the story of George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, who is facing so much trouble that he has decided to take his own life. Fortunately, an angel named Clarence talks him out of it by pointing out how much poorer everyone else's life would have been if he had not been born.
Bishop Malone: World Mission Sunday
Fri, Oct 16th 2015 08:05 am
Every year we remember in a special way our baptismal call to mission as we celebrate World Mission Sunday, which is being held this year on Oct. 18. On this Sunday, we will gather at the Eucharist, as will Catholics throughout the world, in a spirit of love for evangelization so that, through our prayers and concrete acts of solidarity, the gift of faith may be shared with all.
Parish Life: The choice between life and death
Thu, Oct 15th 2015 09:00 am
My brother and I seemed so different when I was younger. He was tall, I was short. He liked to watch the Three Stooges. I preferred cartoons. He read Hardy Boys books which seemed like too much work for me at age 6.
Are those who strive for virtue the new minority? Cardinal Dolan thinks so
Wed, Oct 14th 2015 11:55 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Married couples who endure hardships together; gay men and women trying to live chastely; engaged couples who choose not to cohabitate. What do all these people have in common?
Cultural Diversity: It's Revival time
Mon, Oct 12th 2015 08:00 am
The Office of Cultural Diversity, along with the members of the African-American Commission of the Diocese of Buffalo, will be holding their biannual Revival this year at SS. Columba-Brigid Parish, 75 Hickory St., Buffalo. The Revival theme is, "Cast the First Stone."
Making a Difference: Aborted baby parts for sale
Fri, Oct 9th 2015 09:05 am
When one considers the many ways countless human beings are treated like cheap disposable products - from children exploited by pornographers, to young sweatshop workers exploited by wealthy corporations - it's hard to imagine how much worse it can get for the poor and vulnerable.
Justice Perspective: Civil discourse and human dignity
Mon, Oct 5th 2015 09:20 am
A few weeks ago, the second reading at Mass contained these lines from the letter to the Ephesians: "All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ."
Bishop Malone: Every life is worth living
Fri, Oct 2nd 2015 12:00 pm
"Every Life is Worth Living" 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.
Bishop Malone: 'Simon ... You must strengthen your brothers'
Mon, Sep 28th 2015 10:00 am
Amtrak train #184 is my mobile office as I write this column en route from Washington, D.C., to New York City. I have just left a U.S. Capital totally energized by the presence of Pope Francis.
Bishop Malone: Welcome Pope Francis!
Tue, Sep 22nd 2015 08:00 am
Pope Francis arrives today for his first visit to the United States. He will do many significant things in his six days with us. He will visit the White House, address Congress and the United Nations, and participate in a multi-religious service at New York's 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center site.
Cultural Diversity: World Meeting of Families
Thu, Sep 17th 2015 10:55 am
During the World Meeting of Families, taking place Sept. 22-27, families get together to share their thoughts on various themes on family life. They dialogue on the role of the Christian family in Church and in society. The talks and workshops are led by distinguished speakers from around the world. There is a group from the Diocese of Buffalo that is preparing themselves for the meeting. For many it will be the first time attending this international gathering.
Back to School: Catholic schools are still excellent after all these years
Fri, Sep 11th 2015 10:50 am
A glance through the Catholic school directory recently brought a startling revelation: Catholic schools have been in the Diocese of Buffalo since before there was a Diocese of Buffalo. Two schools, St. Aloysius Regional School in Springville, and SS. Peter & Paul School in Williamsville, have been in operation since 1836, and that's 11 years before the Diocese of Buffalo was established.
Back to School: Catholic schools prepare students for success
Thu, Sep 3rd 2015 08:00 am
Our Catholic schools are strong and advancing purposefully into the future. Catholic schools are essential to the diocesan commitment to evangelization. Throughout the history of the diocese, our Catholic schools have been shining beacons of catechesis, social justice and daily living of the Gospel.
Justice Perspective: Being people of ecological justice
Tue, Aug 25th 2015 08:00 am
By now, almost everyone has at least heard about Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si - On Care for our Common Home," and there have been a great number of articles, analyses, and assessments of what it says and means.
Parish Life: Asleep in the light
Thu, Aug 20th 2015 01:00 pm
Sleep studies are growing in popularity this summer, as people realize the importance of sleep for personal health.
Cultural Diversity: Seven ways to keep Jesus in the center of your family
Wed, Aug 19th 2015 10:11 am
This past June and July, we had the privilege of having a speaker and teacher from the Diocese of Providence, R.I., on three different occasions. Silvio Cuéllar is the director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry in the diocese and the editor for the Hispanic paper, El Catolico de Rhode Island. He is also a musician and songwriter for Oregon Press Publication. He met with Hispanic families from around our diocese to teach them how to use the Scripture study he put together for families, named "Creating Families of Peace and Love."
Seminarian experiences Auschwitz-Birkenau camp
Tue, Aug 4th 2015 03:00 pm
Countless articles have been written about Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps and the countless social justice connections the Holocaust has to our society in the 21st century.
Bishop Malone: Defend our religious freedom
Mon, Aug 3rd 2015 08:00 am
The tragic and mistaken Supreme Court decision to redefine marriage legally to include so-called "same-sex marriage" has many negative consequences. Among those consequences, one of the most alarming, in my judgment, is the threat this ruling poses to the religious freedom of people of faith and faith-based institutions that honor marriage as God has created it to be, the union of one man and one woman, open to the birth and rearing of children.
Cultural Diversity: You shall love your neighbor as yourself
Mon, Jul 27th 2015 03:00 pm
On June 10, the Bishops of the United States gathered in St. Louis for their Spring General Assembly.
Catholics Come Home: Church growth has little to do with numbers
Tue, Jul 21st 2015 10:00 am
Is your parish growing? But more importantly, should growing just be looked at as numbers?
Bishop Malone: Till and keep the garden of the world
Tue, Jul 7th 2015 08:00 am
There are many statements in Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si" (Praise be to you, O Lord!) that are key to the implications of the Holy Father's second encyclical letter. The theme of the mutuality of the humankind-earth relationship is a primary one. The world of nature serves humankind in so many ways. The pope reminds us to be profoundly grateful for that service, and to remember that we humans are called also to serve the earth, particularly by doing all that we can to preserve it from further destruction.