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"Consider this ... Wonders for your prayer life"
4 days ago by Daybreak TV Productions

Wonders for your prayer life

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New York State Catholic Conference outlines opposition to physician–assisted suicide
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by New York State Catholic Conference

Three bills in New York State, one in the Senate and two in the Assembly, if passed, would allow physicians to prescribe medication in doses lethal enough to end a patient’s life. Senator Diane Savino and Assemblywomen Amy Paulin and Linda Rosenthal are looking to add this new section the public health law.

With the notoriety of Brittany Maynard, the young California woman diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, physician-assisted suicide and “death-with-dignity” have been the subject of much debate. Maynard moved to Oregon where, under the law, she was allowed to end her life with the help of legally-prescribed medications.

In New York State, with the proposed bills from Savino, Paulin and Rosenthal, the Catholic Conference recently explained its opposition.

Legalizing physician-assisted suicide would blur longstanding medical, moral and legal distinctions between withdrawing extraordinary medical assistance and taking active steps to destroy human life. One lets people die a natural death; the other is the deliberate and direct act of hastening death.

It also undermines the physician’s role as healer, forever alters the doctor-patient relationship, and lessens the quality of care provided to patients at the end of life. Patients are best served when medical professionals, together with families and loved ones, provide support and care with dignity and respect, not lethal doses of drugs.

The American Medical Association holds a policy position against physician-assisted suicide, which they say is “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role” and would be “difficult or impossible to control.”

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"Consider this ... Happy Lent"
Friday, February 20, 2015 by Daybreak TV Productions

Happy Lent

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New video and website spotlight Catholic teaching on end-of-life decision making
Thursday, February 19, 2015 by New York State Catholic Conference

At some point every family must deal with issues involving end of life care for a loved one. As Catholics attempt to navigate the myriad medical, ethical, and religious questions that arise, all the while dealing with the grief of an impending death, it can become overwhelming.

In an effort to offer assistance, the New York State Catholic Conference has produced a high definition video and a brand new website (www.catholicendoflife.org) entitled "Now and at the Hour of Our Death" that tackles many of the common questions and concerns, offers clarity and compassion, and serves as an education resource for Catholics nationwide.

“Catholic Church teachings regarding the end of life are not black and white; rather they are shades of gray,” said Kathleen M. Gallagher, director of pro-life activities for the New York State Catholic Conference “There is no one-size-fits-all response. Each case is different. What the video and website attempt to do is, not so much give answers, but help Catholics to ask the right questions.”

Funded by a $25,000 grant from "Our Sunday Visitor," the website and video grew out of a booklet produced by the Conference, also titled "Now and at the Hour of Our Death."

“The demand for the booklet is unlike anything we have ever produced at the Conference,” Mrs. Gallagher said. “We knew there was a need to be met, but did not fully grasp how great that need was until we saw the reaction to the booklet. And when we looked around the country, we realized that the resources didn’t exist in any one place. Thankfully "Our Sunday Visitor" saw the same need, and so generously provided the necessary funding for this new project.

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Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by Office of Communications

Catholics line up to receive ashes at the 12:05 p.m. Mass today at St. Joseph Cathedral.  Father Peter J. Drilling (above),  cathedral rector, distributed ashes along with Bishop Richard J. Malone and Msgr. David S. Slubecky.  

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63rd Annual Diocesan Youth Convention
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Office of Communications

Members of the Diocesan Youth Board lead the teens at the Convention in gestures, praise and worship prior to the start of the Youth Convention.  More than 700 youth and chaperones attended the convention at Buffalo's Adam's Mark Hotel last weekend. 

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Bishop Malone comments on "Fifty Shades of Grey"
Friday, February 06, 2015 by Bishop Richard J. Malone

Originally published as an eBook, Fifty Shades of Grey has become a phenomenon, selling more than 100 million books worldwide, spawning two sequels and is now the subject of a film adaptation starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson set for release Feb. 13.

But the story's depiction of sex, bondage and sadomasochism between two young unmarried lovers has disturbed religious leaders. As chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo has released a letter to other bishops discussing the issues against both the book and the movie, as well as listing online resources on how to deal with pornography addiction.

"Leaders in the Religious Alliance Against Pornography (RAAP) have stated, 'The contrast between the message of Fifty Shades of Grey and God's design for self-giving and self- sacrificing love, marriage and sexual intimacy could not be greater,'" Bishop Malone wrote. "As you know, we as bishops have spoken with a united voice against domestic violence, and in particular, violence against women. We have also emphasized the need to overcome the exploitation of sex and violence in communications."

You can read the bishop's entire letter here.

 

February 4, 2015

Dear Brothers,

Greetings as we approach the holy season of Lent and the annual commemoration of our Lord’s Passion.

As you may be aware, a film called Fifty Shades of Grey is being released in theaters on February 13th, 2015. The books and film, marketed as a romantic story, are a graphic portrayal of a young woman agreeing to be abused and degraded in a sexual relationship.

Leaders in the Religious Alliance Against Pornography (RAAP) have stated, “The contrast between the message of Fifty Shades of Grey and God’s design for self-giving and self-sacrificing love, marriage and sexual intimacy could not be greater.” As you know, we as bishops have spoken with a united voice against domestic violence, and in particular, violence against women (see When I Call for Help, 1992, rev. 2002). We have also emphasized the need to overcome the exploitation of sex and violence in communications (see Renewing the Mind of the Media, 1998).

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National Marriage Week observed Feb. 7-14; World Marriage Day Feb. 8; Opportunities to “celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage,” says Bishop Malone; USCCB providing a daily virtual marriage retreat for National Marriage Week

WASHINGTON–In a letter sent to all U.S. bishops on Jan. 16, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, hailed National Marriage Week USA (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, Feb. 8) as opportunities “to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage and to affirm and support engaged and married couples.”

The celebration of National Marriage Week in the U.S. began in 2002, originating from Marriage Week International. World Marriage Day, held the second Sunday of February each year, was started in 1983 by Worldwide Marriage Encounter.

In his letter, Bishop Malone identified numerous resources that can be of assistance to bishops, priests, and lay leaders in promoting, strengthening, and defending the gift of marriage as the lifelong union of one man and one woman, including the websites For Your Marriage, Por Tu Matrimonio, and Marriage: Unique for a Reason. He also encouraged participation in the Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty, and shared a preaching resource for World Marriage Day. A bulletin insert is also available for World Marriage Day or subsequent Sundays, with a focus on the social benefits of marriage. The preaching resource and bulletin insert, along with Bishop Malone’s letter, are available on the USCCB website: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/national-marriage-week-2015.cfm.

 



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Bishop Grosz celebrates 25th anniversary as a bishop
Monday, February 02, 2015 by Office of Communications

Bishop Edward M. Grosz, auxiliary bishop of Buffalo, celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination as bishop on Sunday afternoon at a special Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Joseph Cathedral.   Bishop Donald W. Trautman, S.T.D., bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Erie, Pa., was the homilist and Cardinal Edward M. Egan, archbishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of New York, offered remarks after Communion.

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Gala 22:6
Friday, January 30, 2015 by Office of Communications

The Most Rev. Wilton D. Gregory, archbishop of Atlanta, was the keynote speaker a the 15th Annual Catholic Education Dinner, Gala 22:6, Thursday evening, Jan. 29, at the Buffalo Convention Center.  More than 1,100 people were in attendance.

Bishop Richard J. Malone, who offered closing remarks at the dinner, presented the Bishop's Medal to Sister Gail Glenn, principal, Catholic Academy of West Buffalo, and to the eight Catholic institutions of higher learning in Western New York - Canisius College, Christ the King Seminary, D'Youville College, Hilbert College, Niagara University, St. Bonaventure University, Trocaire College and Villa Maria College of Buffalo. Sister Denise A. Roche, GNSH, accepted the awards on behalf of all the schools.

The Sister Lucille Socciarelli/Father John Sturm Making a Difference Award was presented to Linda A. Calandrelli of St. Peter School, Lewiston.  Calandrelli has been an educator for more than four decades with nearly 40 years at St Peter's.

The Sister Lucille Socciarelli/Father John Sturm "Making a Difference Award" was instituted by the late Tim Russert in honor of two of his former teachers.  Since Russert's death, his son Luke has recorded a special introduction about the recipient. 

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