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By Bishop Richard J. Malone on 1/5/2016 2:23 PM

• The motto for this Jubilee Year of Mercy is, “Merciful like the Father.” What will we allow this to mean in our lives? With God? With one another?


• Vatican II declared: “Upon the Muslims, too, the Church looks with esteem.” How dare any American suggest that refugees who profess the faith of Islam be prohibited from entry into the United States solely on that basis? 


• Studies show that teens who practice the faith most often have parents who practice the faith. 


• Pray for vocations to the priesthood, consecrated life, diaconate and Christian marriage!


• College and university students: seek out and become active in your school’s campus ministry community. 

By Bishop Richard J. Malone on 12/17/2015 6:46 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?)

This Sunday Mass was different for me.  Before I went down to the large hotel meeting room that serves as our chapel, I was watching continuing TV coverage of the horrific massacre in Paris perpetrated by ISIS terrorists and resulting in 129 people killed and 352 injured.  Sitting quietly in the chapel for the half hour before Mass, I struggled to put aside, at least for that next hour, the emotions of shock, anger, sadness and, yes, anxiety that were roiling my soul.


By Bishop Richard J. Malone on 11/23/2015 10:45 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.

While there have been calls to close our borders to Syrian refugees fleeing the ravages of civil war, we cannot simply close our doors to refugees simply because they are from Syria.  But we must remain vigilant. Careful screening of all who wish to enter this country is needed.

Pope Francis' concern for refugees and immigrants is very well known, as we see in this recent comment: "Facing the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees - fleeing death by war and famine, and journeying towards the hope of life - the Gospel calls, asking of us to be close to the smallest and forsaken. To give them a concrete hope," he said. "And not just to tell them, 'Have courage, be patient!'"

By Bishop Richard J. Malone on 10/26/2015 12:27 PM
By Bishop Richard J. Malone on 9/28/2015 9:46 AM

Amtrak train #184 is my mobile office as I write this blog 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.  

A lot of the pope’s appeal is surely his gently charismatic persona, his smile, his simple gestures, his approachability as the “people’s pope.”  People are attracted to him, and just want to be around him.  He is truly giving a refreshing, somehow more welcoming “face” to the Catholic Church.  This is all good, very good.  But it is not enough.  

By Bishop Richard J. Malone on 9/10/2015 6:32 PM

Pope Francis arrives on Sept. 22 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. 

I will have the privilege of being with the Holy Father on Tuesday, Sept. 23, when he leads the United States bishops in prayer at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and later celebrates the canonization Mass for Blessed Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. 

By Bishop Richard J. Malone on 8/3/2015 7:52 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.

Freedom of religion and freedom of speech are both under threat.  During the oral arguments in the Obergefell matter, Justice Samuel Alito asked Solicitor General Donald Verrili whether a university or college could lose its tax exempt status if it opposed the redefinition of marriage (same-sex).  The solicitor general's response?  "(I)t's certainly going to be an issue."

By Bishop Richard J. Malone on 7/6/2015 1:24 PM

“Tilling refers to cultivating, ploughing or working, while keeping means caring, protecting, overseeing and preserving.  This implies a relationship of mutual responsibility between human beings and nature.”

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.  

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