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"Consider this ... Prayer as desire"
Friday, November 14, 2014 by Daybreak TV Productions

Prayer as desire

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U.S. Bishops hold vote during November 2014 general assembly
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

BALTIMORE—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) chose a new secretary-elect of the Conference and the chairmen-elect of five committees and new members of the board of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), during the bishops’ annual fall General Assembly, November 11-14, in Baltimore.

The bishops elected:

Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans USCCB secretary-elect in a 100-94 vote over Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services

Bishop Christopher Coyne, auxiliary bishop of Indianapolis, chairman-elect of the Committee on Communications in a 114-102 vote over Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S. of San Antonio chairman-elect of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church in a 160-60 vote over Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, Washington

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit chairman-elect of the Committee on Doctrine in a 149-66 vote over Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester, Massachusetts



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Bishop Malone invited to participate in Vatican colloquium
Saturday, November 08, 2014 by Kevin Keenan

Bishop Richard J. Malone and three archbishops from the United States have been invited to participate in the International Colloquium: The Complementarity of Man and Woman, which will be held at the Vatican, Nov. 17-19. Bishop Malone is chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

Archbishop José H. Gomez (Los Angeles), Archbishop Charles Chaput (Philadelphia) and Archbishop Salvatore Cordelione (San Francisco) are also scheduled to attend.

Bishop Malone said he is looking forward to taking part in the colloquium. “I ask that all pray for married couples, that their love and fidelity grow ever deeper as a witness to the ideal and truth of marriage. Pray also that our society may come to embrace the fullness of the gift that marriage is in its essence: the union of one man and one woman who are open to the gift of new life."

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Christmas Mass from Buffalo to be show on NBC-TV affiliates nationally
Wednesday, November 05, 2014 by Office of Communications

Approximately 300 high school students from throughout Western New York attended a recording of the 2014 Christmas Mass at the Mercy Center Chapel of the Sisters of Mercy in South Buffalo on Saturday. Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, was the celebrant for the Mass that will air nationwide on NBC channels on Christmas Day.

Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo was asked by the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission to produce, “Joy to the World, Christmas Mass” for NBC-TV affiliates.

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“Our Daily Bread” focuses on Central City
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 by Office of Communications

Father Paul D. Seil, host of “Our Daily Bread,” will be joined by Kathleen Murphy Castillo on this month’s show which airs on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 a.m. and noon on WKBW-TV Channel 7. Castillo is the director of the Theological Field Education Department at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, and also is a member of the seminarian formation team.

During the 30-minute program, Father Seil and Castillo discuss one her classes, the Central City Practicum, which concentrates on understanding the Church’s presence in an urban setting.

The pair also will make a few dishes including paella, gazpacho and shrimp and grits. For recipes or more information on “Our Daily Bread,” visit the show’s website at www.odbtv.org.

“Our Daily Bread” is produced by Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo. The show airs on the second Saturday of each month.

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Catholics Come Home
Monday, November 03, 2014 by Bishop Richard J. Malone

In December 2014, the Diocese of Buffalo will launch the Catholics Come Home campaign.  In the first six years, Catholics Come Home messages were aired as TV commercials in 37 dioceses, and nationally, reaching 200 million viewers, and helping lead hundreds of thousands home to the Catholic Church.  

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Synod examines pastoral challenges of families
Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Patrick J. Buechi

The recent Extraordinary Synod of Bishops garnered the attention of the media, but for the wrong reasons. The Catholic Church will not be discussing same-sex marriages as some reports have stated, and the topic of people who have divorced and remarried receiving Holy Communion needs more discernment.

Media was buzzing with reports that Pope Francis, who has surprised many by being welcoming to homosexuals in the Church, was open to discussing gay marriage at the gathering of world bishops, which took place Oct. 5-19, 2014, in Vatican City. The fact is those two hot button issues were discussed, even debated, but failed to pass a vote. Misperceptions by the media may be attributed to a mistranslation of the Italian-text midterm report.

The theme of the Extraordinary Synod, “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” dealt with proclaiming the Gospel to the family of today in its many forms – including couples preparing for marriage, couples cohabitating, divorced, remarried and homosexual. The 183 bishops who gathered were encouraged by Pope Francis to speak their minds with freedom.

“The focus was, I think, on the standard traditional understanding of family as married people with kids. There are other ways of understanding family that go beyond that,” said Bishop Richard J. Malone. “The Holy Father’s instinct in calling the synod was, I think, in our world now, it’s challenging for a lot of people to live a full faithful, fruitful, happy married life and family life. The Church wants to know better, how do we strengthen our support of families.”

Bishop Malone did not attend the Synod and has not yet received any document regarding the outcome from the Vatican. He expects the Synod to be discussed at a November meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Zenit has printed a midterm report on its website. A three-paragraph section titled “Welcoming Homosexual Persons” asks more than it says. “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community,” the chapter starts. “Are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?” The section goes on to state, “The Church furthermore affirms that unions between people of the same sex cannot be considered on the same footing as matrimony between man and woman.” Reports have said that the final report, or Relatio Synodi, will differ greatly.

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"Consider this ... Science and pro-life"
Friday, October 17, 2014 by Daybreak TV Productions

Science and pro-life

 

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Bishop Malone visits St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute
Thursday, October 16, 2014 by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore.

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WASHINGTON—The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, and the chairman of the USCCB’s Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, expressed serious disappointment at the October 6 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to consider current cases that strike down laws upholding marriage as between one man and one woman.

“Millions of Americans had looked to the Court with hope that these unjust judicial decisions might be reversed,” Bishop Malone and Archbishop Cordileone said. “The Supreme Court’s action fails to resolve immediately the injustice of marriage redefinition, and therefore should be of grave concern to our entire nation.”

Bishop Malone and Archbishop Cordileone’s full statement follows:

Upholding the inviolable dignity of every human person is a duty for all, and this duty entails the defense of the unique meaning of marriage as between one man and one woman. The Supreme Court’s decision not to take up any of the cases striking down state laws reflecting the authentic meaning of marriage in five states is extremely disappointing and surprising. All of these state laws were democratically enacted, including most by the direct vote of large majorities within just the last decade. Millions of Americans had looked to the Court with hope that these unjust judicial decisions might be reversed. Instead, as a result of the Supreme Court’s action today, those decisions are allowed to take effect. Furthermore, marriage laws in six other states are now in jeopardy.

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