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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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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, released the following statement regarding the Education Tax Credit and mandated services reimbursement

 

I am heartened by the promising news out of Albany that the Governor and the leadership of the State Senate and the State Assembly have reached an agreement that will enable the payment of $250 million in unreimbursed mandated services to Catholic and other religious and non-public schools around New York State. This money, which has been owed for several years, is sorely needed by our schools, many of whom have been struggling to remain open.

We Catholic leaders were part of a broad coalition of religious leaders, business executives, labor officials, parents, and many others, all of whom fought long and hard on behalf of the Education Investment Tax Credit, a bill that would have helped all of our children, in public, religious, charter, and private schools. We are disappointed that, once again, we have come up short, but we will redouble our efforts next year to make this common-sense bill become law. We remain ever more committed to the principle of parental choice in education.

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Bishop, religious react to pope's 'Laudato Si'
Friday, June 19, 2015 by Kimberlee Sabshin


For much of June, the Catholic Church and the rest of the world prepared for Pope Francis' anticipated encyclical entitled "Laudato Si," or"Praised Be." The pontiff discussed climate change, the dire state of the environment, social inequality, Catholics' responsibility to be good stewards of the environment and all of humanity's duty to promote ways of life that foster respect for creation.

Bishop Richard J. Malone spoke of the importance of Pope Francis' message during a press conference held at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Thursday. Members of the Diocesan Care for Creation Committee, a group formed in 2006 under Bishop Edward U. Kmiec to spread local awareness of environmental issues, and Franciscan fathers and sisters joined him.

"It's really an exciting day for the Catholic Church around the world and for us, of course, right here in Buffalo, and for all people. This is the long-awaited day of the publication of the Holy Father's encyclical on care for the environment," Bishop Malone said. "It's not that it's all new teaching - the teaching of the Catholic Church on care for the environment goes way, way back into biblical times, into the Book of Genesis."

 

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Bishop Malone featured on "EWTN Live"
Thursday, June 18, 2015 by Mark Ciemcioch

Bishop Richard J. Malone discussed the current status and future of several religious liberty issues on “EWTN Live” Wednesday night. Host Father Mitch Pacwa interviewed the bishop about gay marriage, human trafficking and the HHS mandate forcing religious institutions to provide health care coverage for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs, with Bishop Malone explaining that government intrusion is starting to prevent the Catholic Church from performing its ministries.

The bishop also took questions from audience members and callers.

Here are some highlights of the program:

On the Obama administration’s enforcement of the HHS mandate and current Supreme Court case in favor of gay marriage:

“Clearly, there is a gradual and very grave erosion of the right to freedom – freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, and freedom of speech too. If you look at some of the thoughts of our founding fathers, even George Washington said in one place that it was really his commitment to civil and religious liberty that drove him to the battlefield.”

On how the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on the legalization of gay marriage could impact Catholic institutions like colleges and universities:

“A change in the (marriage) law would not just be one law, it would be a change in employment law, estate law, all these things that have to do with marriage. One thing would be what we call ‘compelled association,’ whereby if the law were changed to redefine marriage, religious institutions like schools, colleges, hospitals, could be coerced into hiring or retaining people who have entered into so-called same sex marriages. There’s the possibility of institutions losing their accreditation or license if they stood up for what our understanding of marriage is, as it came from the creating hands of God.”

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Annual Catholic Communication Campaign to be held this weekend
Friday, June 12, 2015 by Office of Communications

Digital communications are everywhere from online newspapers and websites to social media. Today’s consumers demand up-to-date news. That “news” can be anything from a post on Facebook or a comment on a Twitter account to a YouTube video or a radio podcast. Magazines, newspapers and news programs are online for viewing and/or listening. Technology is pouring in daily as we race to keep current. Pope Francis, in his message for World Communications Day, said, “The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity, a network not of wires but of people.”

The Diocesan Office of Communications, the people who utilize digital communications daily to spread the Good News about what’s happening in the diocese, are able to do their jobs because of the generosity of Catholics who have supported the annual Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC). This year’s collection will be held the weekend of June 13 and 14 in all parishes within the diocese. Half the funds raised stay in the diocese to assist the Office of Communications in their ministry and the remaining half goes to the national office to support endeavors such as masstimes.org and grants for various communications projects.

The Communications Office is the home of the Western New York Catholic, the monthly diocesan newspaper; Daybreak TV Productions, which creates documentaries and records daily and Sunday Masses; radio ministry; media relations and the Catholic Directory. Between each of these areas, there are four websites, three Facebook accounts, two Twitter accounts and one each of YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram and Periscope. Maintaining these, in addition to other outlets such as televised Masses and programming, radio programming and handling media releases and requests, keeps the men and women in the Office of Communications busy. A week doesn’t go by when someone isn’t working a weekend or evening to bring the news to the people of Western New York. 

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Bishop Malone, Bishop Franklin


Bishop Richard Malone of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and Bishop R. William Franklin of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York have issued a joint pastoral letter to both Dioceses, calling on all members of both churches to take specific action to address issues of equality and economic justice in the Western New York region.

 

This letter is a follow up to their first joint pastoral letter in December of 2014.

 

The bishops note that too many people still struggle with income inequality, racial and gender discrimination, hunger and lack of opportunity for training, employment and advancement.  They wrote, “All our lives are enriched when we live in a region of shared prosperity, generosity and justice.”

 

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Hundreds welcome three new priests to the diocese
Saturday, June 06, 2015 by Mark Ciemcioch

Three men entered a special brotherhood Saturday morning, as Bishop Richard J. Malone ordained Father Lukasz Kopala, Father Thomas Michael Mahoney and Father Daniel Ehijiator Ogbeifun into the priesthood during a Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

“Thank you very sincerely for hearing the Lord’s Call, and for saying yes,” Bishop Malone told the three new priests. “A ‘yes’ that you will repeat every day of your lives from this time on. I express as well my gratitude, and that of the Diocese of Buffalo once again, to everyone who’s walked the journey of formation with you since you were little boys. Dear brothers, you know well, as men of deep faith, that something profoundly mysterious and radically transforming, is about to happen to your lives.”


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Design for papal altar in D.C. revealed
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 by The Catholic University of America

Tuesday afternoon Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, and other dignitaries were on hand to publicly unveil the design for the altar Pope Francis will use at his outdoor Mass on Sept. 23 in Washington, D.C.

A jury selected designs for the altar furnishings to be used at the Mass the pope will celebrate on the east steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, overlooking the Catholic University Mall. The altar, ambo, and chair were designed as part of a competition at Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington and the Basilica.

A six-member jury composed of representatives from the archdiocese, Basilica, and Catholic University selected the first-, second-, and third-place winners as well as four honorable mentions.

In addition to Cardinal Wuerl, the public announcement of the winning design at CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning featured University President John Garvey; Monsignor Walter Rossi, rector of the Basilica; Bishop Barry Knestout, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chair of the jury; and Randall Ott, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning.

The first-place design features arches that mimic the architecture of the Romanesque-Byzantine style Basilica. The chair designed for the Pope features a simple high arch “designed to bring focus not on itself, but on the Vicar of Christ himself who will preach from it,” the team stated in their concept. Members of the winning design team include architecture students Ariadne Cerritelli (Bethesda, Md.), Matthew Hoffman (Pittsburgh), and Joseph Taylor (Eldersburg, Md.).

“As we make plans for Pope Francis’s visit here to Washington this September and the Mass he will be celebrating on the east portico of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, it is a joy to be here today as we announce the winning design for the furnishings that will be used at that Mass,” said Cardinal Wuerl. ”The creativity, beauty, and thought that went into each of the submitted designs is a visible sign of God’s grace at work among us in a unique way. We look forward to our Holy Father’s visit here as a time to be confirmed more fully as missionary disciples of our Lord,” he said.

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In the final days of this legislative session in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo and key legislators are leading the fight to enact the Education Tax Credit. The governor's plan, called the Parental Choice in Education Act, willl help keep Catholic schools affordable. The Act provides $150 million in education tax credits annually that will provide:

  • Tax credits directly to low-income families who send their children to Catholic and other schools,
  • Scholarships to students from low- and middle-income families to attend a school of their choice,
  • Donations to public schools for enhanced educational programming,
  • Tax credits to teachers for their out-of-pocket classroom expenses.
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