By Bishop Richard J. Malone 1/5/2016
The motto for this Jubilee Year of
Mercy is, "Merciful like the Father." What will we allow this to mean in
our lives? With God? With one another?
- Vatican II declared: "Upon the Muslims,
too, the Church looks with esteem." How dare any American suggest that
refugees who profess the faith of Islam be prohibited from entry into
the United States solely on that basis?
- Studies show that teens who practice the faith most often have parents who practice the faith.
- Pray for vocations to the priesthood, consecrated life, diaconate and Christian marriage!
- College and university students: seek out and become active in your school's campus ministry community!
By Bishop Richard J. Malone 12/17/2015
this month from Baltimore, where the bishops of the United States are
gathered for our annual Fall Plenary Meeting. As we concelebrated the
Eucharist early this Sunday morning. I offered Mass for all of you who
constitute the community of faith that is the Diocese of Buffalo. (Did
you know that diocesan bishops offer one Mass each Sunday and holy day
of obligation pro populo, that is, "for the people," just as pastors are
required to do weekly for their parishioners?)
Sunday Mass was different for me. Before I went down to the large hotel
meeting room that serves as our chapel, I was watching continuing TV
coverage of the horrific massacre in Paris perpetrated by ISIS
terrorists and resulting in 129 people killed and 352 injured. Sitting
quietly in the chapel for the half hour before Mass, I struggled to put
aside, at least for that next hour, the emotions of shock, anger,
sadness and, yes, anxiety that were roiling my soul.
By Bishop Richard J. Malone 11/23/2015
all been horrified by the senseless terrorist attacks in Paris. Join
me in fervent prayer for victims of the massacre, for justice for ISIS
leaders and killers, and for world peace.
there have been calls to close our borders to Syrian refugees fleeing
the ravages of civil war, we cannot simply close our doors to refugees
simply because they are from Syria. But we must remain vigilant.
Careful screening of all who wish to enter this country is needed.
Francis' concern for refugees and immigrants is very well known, as we
see in this recent comment: "Facing the tragedy of tens of thousands of
refugees - fleeing death by war and famine, and journeying towards the
hope of life - the Gospel calls, asking of us to be close to the
smallest and forsaken. To give them a concrete hope," he said. "And not
just to tell them, 'Have courage, be patient!'"