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Statement from Bishop Richard J. Malone
Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone released the following statement regarding the Education Investment Tax Credit:

“I am pleased that Governor Cuomo has included the Education Investment Tax Credit in his budget message and the Senate has approved the tax credit bill.

“We know too well the increasing financial burdens placed on families with children in Catholic schools, and families who want to send their children to Catholic schools. Enactment of the education investment tax credit is a game changer, providing families the option of a Catholic or private school education for their children.

“The tax credit would stabilize Catholic school enrollment, easing the pressure on tuition, resulting in financial savings to all families.

“The Diocese of Buffalo will continue to be at the forefront of advocacy efforts to get this legislation enacted. It is my hope that the EITC will become law during the current legislative session.”

Statement from Cardinal Dolan on Education Tax Credit
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by New York State Catholic Conference of Bishops

Following is a statement of Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the New York State Catholic Conference, regarding new developments related to the Education Tax Credit, which will encourage private giving to scholarship-making organizations for low- and middle-income families, as well as for programing in public schools:

“Today is a historic day for education policy in New York State with the inclusion of the Education Tax Credit in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Budget, as well as the state Senate’s passage of Senator Martin Golden’s tax credit bill earlier in the day. These developments provide the best momentum to date for the eventual enactment of the tax credit, which is supported by an overwhelming majority of both houses of the state Legislature, and would help working and poor families regardless of where their children attend school.

“On behalf of my brother Bishops of New York, I want to personally thank Gov. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Senators Golden and Simcha Felder, Assembly Member Michael Cusick and all of our allies in the Legislature, in business and in organized labor who have been fighting for years on this issue. We have been told by Democrats and Republicans at the highest level of state government that this tax credit is a ‘no brainer,’ and we are overjoyed that a clear path toward enactment has been put in place by the Governor and Senate Majority today.

Bishop McLaughlin laid to rest
Saturday, January 10, 2015 by Kevin Keenan

Bishop Trautman at Bishop McLaughlin's casket

Bishop Donald W. Trautman, bishop emeritus of Erie and former priest of the Diocese of Buffalo, processes past the casket of Bishop Bernard J. McLaughlin at the start of the funeral on Jan. 10, 2015.

On a blustery winter morning in downtown Buffalo, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York, was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Cathedral on Jan. 10, 2015, for The Most Reverend Bernard J. McLaughlin, auxiliary bishop emeritus of Buffalo.  Bishop McLaughlin died on Jan. 5, 2015, at the age of 102, in his Kenmore home.

Following the opening procession that included nine archbishops and bishops, more than 40 priests, nearly a dozen permanent deacons and 18 seminarians from Christ the King Seminary, Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, used his welcome to say, “Let us pray, let us remember, let us celebrate as we gather around the earthly remains of our brother, Bishop Bernard.”

Among the concelebrants were Bishop Malone, Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop emeritus of Buffalo, Bishop Edward M. Grosz, auxiliary bishop of Buffalo, Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, archbishop bishop emeritus of Hartford and former bishop of Buffalo, Bishop Robert J. Cunningham, bishop of Syracuse and a former priest of the Diocese of Buffalo, Bishop Donald W. Trautman, bishop emeritus of Erie and a former priest of the Diocese of Buffalo Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, bishop of Rochester, and Bishop Mathew H. Clark, bishop emeritus of Rochester.


Bishop Bernard J. McLaughlinMost Reverend Bernard J. McLaughlin, auxiliary bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Buffalo, died Monday evening, Jan. 5, 2015, at his home in Kenmore, one day before he would have celebrated the 46th anniversary of his ordination as a bishop.

Click here to view a Bishop McLaughlin photo gallery

He was 102, and was the second oldest living bishop in the world.  Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety, 102, archbishop emeritus of Newark, was born four months to the day before Bishop McLaughlin. 

The son of the late Michael Henry McLaughlin and Mary Agnes Curran McLaughlin, Bishop McLaughlin was born in North Tonawanda on Nov. 19, 1912.  His mother was a homemaker, his father, a dispatcher for the New York Central Railroad.

One of seven children, he attended Visitation School in Buffalo where he was educated by the Williamsville Franciscan sisters, who, along with Msgr. James McGloin, then pastor of St. Nicholas Parish in Buffalo, encouraged young Bernard to consider the priesthood.  He was a member of the first graduating class of the Diocesan Preparatory Seminary in Buffalo.

His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York, will celebrate Bishop McLaughlin's Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

Read Bishop McLaughlin's Obituary

We are designed by God for a purpose
Monday, January 05, 2015 by Bishop Richard J. Malone, Th.D.

Every human person, male and female, is created in God’s image, created to live in relationship

The following article, written by Bishop Richard J. Malone, appeared in the January 4, 2015, issue of "Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly."

I recently found a New York Times piece I had clipped back in May 2013 entitled “The Joylessness of Sex on TV” by Ginia Bellafante. The essay opens with these words: “Sex on TV is more risqué, more graphic and more raunchy than ever. So why is it so incredibly unsexy?”

The author’s diagnosis is that “much of it is divorced from any real sense of eroticism or desire,” leaving portrayals of sex that are “transactional” and “utilitarian.” The objective of that article was certainly not to reflect on the authentic meaning of human sexuality. It did, though, at least scratch the surface of the question, recognizing a few symptoms of the confusion and distortion that surround the matter of sexuality these days. Sexual expression, when wrenched out of its God-designed meaning and purpose, is bound to be joyless, even destructive.

Sexuality is such a potent dimension of human personhood that no one should be surprised that the subject of sex turns up just about everywhere. Cultural critics use words like “obsession” and “saturation” to describe our society’s preoccupation with sex and sexuality. The more superficial and inadequate views of sex as merely an emotional or physical impulse dominate everything from “hook up” dating to TV series and cinema to casual conversation to standup comedy and advertising, the more it becomes trivialized and detached from its authentic context of meaning. Our Catholic tradition, on the other hand, offers good solid truths about sexuality, beautiful truths drawn from both reason and God’s revelation.

The Mystery of Christmas
Friday, December 26, 2014 by Mark Ciemcioch


Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ before a few hundred people during the annual midnight Christmas Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo Thursday.

“We gather in this cathedral this midnight hour for something even more, something deeper than even the most marvelous Christmas concert,” Bishop Malone said. “We come to touch, and be touched, by the mystery of Christmas. Not, of course, mystery in the sense of a vexing problem to be solved, but mystery in its theological meaning, as a reality just too rich to be grasped by our minds. A truth so wondrously profound that our belief in it flowers best in reverent faith and adoration rather than in complete comprehension. So it is that we speak of the mystery of God."

Kevin A. Keenan named to Public Policy Committee
Friday, December 19, 2014 by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone, 14th bishop of Buffalo, has named Kevin A. Keenan, former communications director for the Diocese of Buffalo, diocesan representative to the New York State Public Policy Committee.

“There has been a formal decision by the New York State Board of Bishops to restructure the Public Policy Committee,” said Bishop Malone. “It has been determined that each diocese will have only one representative. This is a change from the past where a diocese may have held two or more seats. Therefore, I have appointed Kevin Keenan as the sole representative to the Public Policy Committee for the Diocese of Buffalo, effective immediately.”

"Consider this ... Third Sunday of Advent"
Friday, December 12, 2014 by Daybreak TV Productions

Third Sunday of Advent

Bishop Malone writes pastoral letter with Episcopal bishop
Thursday, December 11, 2014 by Patrick J. Buechi

Bishop Richard J. Malone has teamed up with the local Episcopal Bishop R. William Franklin to ask Western New York to include women and minorities in the growth of Buffalo.

In a groundbreaking pastoral letter co-written by the bishops, they remarked on the new prosperity in the city of Buffalo marked by construction, new businesses and investment growth. The bishops do not want to see any citizen of the area left out of any newfound prosperity.

“A new generation of Western New Yorkers is envisioning new opportunities and making them a reality. With regard to education, medicine, technology and quality of life, this is the time for which we have all waited and prayed and worked. This wave of prosperity benefits not only the city, but the entire region,” they wrote. “Yet at this time not everyone is benefitting. Blacks and Hispanics still live in poverty in greater proportion than do other groups in our population. Children still go to bed hungry. Jobs and security elude too many families. And because some are left out and locked out, the rest of us are poorer. We fail to benefit as much as we might from this new golden age.”

St. Gabriel Parish hosts diocesan Family Mass
Sunday, December 07, 2014 by Kevin Keenan

Bishop Malone talks to the children

The tradition of celebrating the diocesan Family Mass the Second Sunday of Advent continued on Dec. 7, when Bishop Richard J. Malone presided at St. Gabriel Church in Elma.  Until 2013, the Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo, but is now celebrated in parishes.

"Before the start of the Mass, I saw a steady stream of happy faces," Bishop Malone said as he opened the Mass.  "That is a sign of vitality in this parish."

With children of the parish gathered at his feet for the homily, Bishop Malone talked about the upcoming visit to the United States by Pope Francis, who will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in late September 2015.

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