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"Consider this ... St. Ignatius of Loyola"
3 days ago by Daybreak TV Productions

St. Ignatius of Loyola

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WASHINGTON—Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded, July 29, to recent videos showing leaders from Planned Parenthood discussing the provision of fetal organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics.

Full text of Cardinal O’Malley’s statement follows:

Pope Francis has called abortion the product of a “widespread mentality of profit, the throwaway culture, which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.” The recent news stories concerning Planned Parenthood direct our attention to two larger issues involving many institutions in our society. The first is abortion itself: a direct attack on human life in its most vulnerable condition. The second is the now standard practice of obtaining fetal organs and tissues though abortion. Both actions fail to respect the humanity and dignity of human life. This fact should be the center of attention in the present public controversy.

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Bishop Richard J. Malone (center) speaks about economic justice during Wednesday's press conference, which included Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (far left) and Episcopal Bishop R. William Franklin (far right). (Patrick J. Buechi) 

Over the past few years, there’s been a lot of excitement over the new economic developments and community revivals in Buffalo. Canalside, the nearby HarborCenter, Larkinville and the Buffalo medical corridor have seen lots of new construction, businesses and people come to the city.

But there is also growing criticism that Buffalo’s revival has, thus far, been limited to those areas and hasn’t helped the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Catholic diocese and Bishop R. William Franklin of the Episcopal diocese have been working together for the past year to advocate opening up these economic opportunities to the entire city and its residents.

“One day (Bishop Franklin and I) were having a casual conversation, celebrating the good things that are happening now that we see,” Bishop Malone said. “But then, we immediately turned to the fact that we have to remember that not everybody who lives in this community feels caught up in this hope. We have to make sure that everybody, people of color and other ethnic backgrounds in particular, are able to be involved. That doesn’t mean just offering jobs, but also finding ways to help these folks become capable of applying for these jobs, maybe with some training. We need to work together to make sure Buffalo is truly the inclusive community it ought to be, and I think it’s happening.”

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and many other religious leaders joined the cause, as Brown announced the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge in a press conference outside City Hall Wednesday morning.

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A special collection to support the Catholic League for Religious Assistance to Poland will be conducted in parishes throughout the Diocese of Buffalo during the month of August.

The dioceses in Poland use the funds to cover the expenses of leadership preparation for their priests studying at the Pontifical College and the Pontifical Institute in Rome since the annual cost of providing this formation more than $300,000.

Since 1943, the Catholic League for Religious Assistance to Poland has appealed for aid to the Church in Poland. Without the assistance of the Catholic League, it would be impossible to maintain these institutions and to provide for the higher education of Polish priests as well as offer assistance to diocesan bishops seeking help for Polish hospitals, orphanages and parishes. 

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"Consider this ... What makes a good parish?"
Friday, July 24, 2015 by Daybreak TV Productions

What makes a good parish?

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Archbishop Lucas applauds congressional action to reauthorize Elementary Secondary Education Act
Friday, July 17, 2015 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Catholic Education, applauded recent action by the Senate and the House to reauthorize the Elementary Secondary and Education Act (ESEA). The Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), July 16. The House of Representatives passed the Student Success Act (HR 5), July 8. Both bills contain significant improvements for providing equitable services for students and teachers in religious, private and independent schools.

“This is wonderful news and a testament to what can be achieved when we put the needs of children first,” Archbishop Lucas said. “The members of Congress, by passing legislation to reauthorize ESEA have put us one step closer towards restoring equity and ensuring that all children are afforded the educational services, benefits and opportunity our government has to offer, regardless of the type of school they attend.”

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Bishops’ chairmen renew push to end death penalty, cite progress of last decade
Thursday, July 16, 2015 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—The bishops chairing two committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) renewed the bishops’ opposition to the death penalty in a message, July 16. The message commemorated the 10th anniversary of the bishops’ Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty and their accompanying message, “A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death.”

“Our faith tradition offers a unique perspective on crime and punishment, one grounded in mercy and healing, not punishment for its own sake. No matter how heinous the crime, if society can protect itself without ending a human life, it should do so. Today, we have this capability,” wrote Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, OFM Cap., of Boston, chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chair of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

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Fortnight for Freedom
Monday, June 29, 2015 by Office of Communications

The theme for this year's Fortnight for Freedom is "Freedom to Bear Witness."   The Fortnight began June 21 and will end on July 4, 2015, a time when the liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power — St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. This year's theme focuses on the "freedom to bear witness" to the truth of the Gospel.

Several materials are available on line at www.Fortnight4Freedom.org

The following parishes have scheduled events during the Fortnight for Freedom:

Monday, June 29: 7-10 p.m., Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church (chapel), 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, 14127, Eucharistic adoration

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Supreme Court decision on marriage “A tragic error” says president of Catholic Bishops’ Conference
Friday, June 26, 2015 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The full statement follows:

Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.

The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. The protection of this meaning is a critical dimension of the “integral ecology” that Pope Francis has called us to promote. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home.

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Bishop Malone expresses disappointment in Supreme Court marriage decision
Friday, June 26, 2015 by Office of Communications

 

I am bitterly disappointed that the majority of justices of the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to overturn the definition of marriage, which has remained unchanged for millennia. Marriage is the lifelong exclusive union of one man and one woman, a font of unitive life and love as well as the foundation of a stable family and society.

Marriage is rooted in creation: God created marriage in the very same breath as He created the human person, and for the Catholic Church, that will not change.

It is my prayer that despite today’s developments, we will embrace anew the truth, beauty and goodness of marriage as it has always been and always will be, between a man and a woman.

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