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Father Mancuso: Why Bishop Malone should stay

As a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, I am concerned with the healing of both adult and child victims of abuse. I desire the reconciliation and the healing of the divisions in our Diocese. I long for the sanctification of the Clergy and the growth in holiness of all of the People of God. With all of this in mind: Here are three reasons why I support the Most Reverend Bishop Richard J. Malone to remain as bishop of Buffalo and lead us through the next two and a half years.


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"With God, all things are possible"

As we move through this extremely difficult time in the Church's history, at the forefront of my mind each day and foremost in my prayers are all victims who have suffered at the hands of clergy they trusted.  My heart hurts and I share in the anger, grief and disappointment felt by so many.  This crisis has shaken our community of believers to its core.  But as Jesus said in Matthew 19:26, "With man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible."  Those words couldn't be truer.  We as human beings are completely inept to do anything on our own, but with God, there is hope.  


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An important message from Bishop Malone

It is important that I once again address the topic which has caused so much pain for so many. You do not need me to remind you that grave sins and crimes committed by a small percentage of clergy have had wide-ranging and long-lasting effects both here in our diocese and in the worldwide Church. I am convinced that the best way to respond to complaints of past abuse and to restore trust in the Church and her clergy is to be as open and as transparent as reasonably possible in addressing the complaints and taking action against offending priests.


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Announcing new actions to stop abuse

The following is a statement from Bishop Richard J. Malone, on Sunday, August 26, outlining new actions to help handle cases of clerical sexual abuse against both children and adults in the Diocese of Buffalo:


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Message to St. Mary's of Swormville

The following is a statement from Bishop Richard J. Malone which was read to the faith community of St. Mary of Swormville:


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Midsummer Musings

As I write this column, I'm just home from some restful days back in Massachusetts, where I lived for 58 of my 72 years until I was called to Maine and then Western New York.  It is always a grace to reconnect with cherished people and places, and to enjoy for a few days the beautiful and calming sight, sound and smells of the Atlantic Ocean.  


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Let's Build Bridges, Not Walls

Recent attention in local media has been given to the joyful news of the ordination of four men as priests for service in our diocese, and, on the other hand, to the tragic story of past clergy abuse of minors. While we rejoice with our new priests, and share the sadness and anger of abuse victims - while continuing our commitment a to safe environment for our young people - we must not lose sight of other important matters that call out to our consciences.


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NYS Bishops' Advocacy in Albany

There has been mention recently in the local media about the advocacy efforts of the Catholic bishops of New York State at the State Capitol in Albany. The Diocese of Buffalo, with the seven other dioceses of New York state, is represented in Albany by the New York State Catholic Conference, the official voice of the Catholic Church in our state. The conference represents the bishops in working with government to shape laws and policies that pursue social justice, respect for life, and the common good.


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Navigating Through the Storm, Staying the Course

"In her voyage across the ocean of this world, the Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life's different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship, but to keep her on her course."


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Promise to protect, pledge to heal

As we continue to deal with the impact of the revelation of clerical sexual abuse allegations in our diocese, there is so much I need and want to say.


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Bishop Malone's Chrism Mass Homily

Reprinted with permission, the text of Bishop Richard J. Malone's Chrism Mass homily, delivered at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo on March 27, 2018.


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March Musings

Each year, the annual Mass and March for Life in Washington, D.C., is becoming more and more a kind of youth and young adult event. Of course, we're grateful to all the old timers (like me) who continue to attend. I am extremely proud of our Catholic colleges and high schools that send delegations each year to witness to the sacredness of human life. If your school was represented this year, thank you.  If not, why not?  See you next year, maybe?


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Let's Get to Work on the New Evangelization

When I mentioned to a friend that I intended to write this month's column on the new evangelization, he accused me of having an obsession - a "holy" obsession, he qualified - with that theme. I told him that if I do indeed have such an obsession, it is because I am convinced that the work of helping people encounter Jesus Christ and His saving message is the primary mission of the Church ... at this time, and at all times. Evangelization is, as Blessed Paul VI declared in his 1976 encyclical "Evangelii Nuntiandi," the "deepest identity" of the Church.  The Church, he wrote, "exists in order to evangelize" (#14).


Why I Am a Catholic, and You Should Be Too

When I mentioned to a friend that I intended to write this month's column on the new evangelization, he accused me of having an obsession - a "holy" obsession, he qualified - with that theme. I told him that if I do indeed have such an obsession, it is because I am convinced that the work of helping people encounter Jesus Christ and His saving message is the primary mission of the Church ... at this time, and at all times. Evangelization is, as Blessed Paul VI declared in his 1976 encyclical "Evangelii Nuntiandi," the "deepest identity" of the Church.  The Church, he wrote, "exists in order to evangelize" (#14).


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Reflecting on an Irish Pilgrimage

"What was the best part of your pilgrimage to Ireland?" I've heard that question a dozen times since our return from the "land of saints and scholars." The short answer is, the simple fact that I finally got there, for the first time, and just months before my 72nd birthday. Too long a wait, to be sure, but well worth it in every way. It was a truly blessed journey of faith and prayer, joy and beauty, history and ... fun.


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A Time for Gratitude

If each of the months of the year were assigned a quality, it might be said that March is lucky and July is independent, but November is always grateful. Although the Thanksgiving holiday comes at the end of November, it lends an atmosphere of gratitude to the entire month. This month also marks the end of the Church's liturgical year, while the calendar year begins the last stretch toward the finish line. Thus, it is a fitting time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for.


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World Mission Sunday

On World Mission Sunday, October 22, our celebration leads us to hear of our Christian faith - leads us to mission, as Pope Francis explains in his message for this year's celebration.


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Fatima: The Miracle and the Message

It was not that many weeks ago that our country experienced what could be described as "eclipse mania" with people embarking upon eclipse road trips and doing all they could to obtain safe eyewear for eclipse viewing. This type of communal sky gazing is not a common occurrence in our modern world. We are more apt to be focused on the beeping smartphones in our hands than the broad sky above us. But on one afternoon in late August, we were all united in this upward gaze.


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Thoughts on Fidelis Care

Please allow me to update you on something you may have seen in the news today, and about which you may have questions.


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