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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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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.”

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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.

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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.

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