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Casino Gambling - Again

Two years ago I devoted this column to the problems of casino gambling. Before that column was published, and since, I have spoken on television, radio, and at local meetings about casino gambling. Back in the 1970s, I was involved at the State level in discussions on the same issue.

The Permanent Diaconate

On Saturday, June 14, in Saint Joseph's Cathedral, I ordained six excellent men to the Permanent Diaconate: Philip Amantia Sr., Paul Emerson, Mark Nowak, Thomas Scherr, Paul L. Snyder III, and Stephen Swinarski. A capacity congregation offered praise and thanksgiving to God from hearts filled with respect and appreciation for such wonderful blessings on our Diocese.

Difficult Times

Every day presents its own challenges, and no week is immune from difficulties, but recent weeks and months have been particularly trying.

The Wonder of the Eucharist

Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, presented a special gift to the Church this past Holy Thursday. He published a beautiful encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, on the relationship of the Eucharist and the Church.

To Be More Fully Alive

During the Civil War 140 years ago people would go out from Washington, D.C. on Sunday afternoon with champagne and sandwiches to watch the progress of battles in Virginia. In the course of World War I, when the war of attrition set in, people would gather at sidewalk cafes in Europe to discuss casually the latest fashions as well as battle prospects.

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Coded for Life

Streaks across the sky filled our television screens and our consciousness on February 1st, when seven valiant astronauts lost their lives in the tragic breakup of the space shuttle Columbia. Immediately our hearts were full of prayers for the magnificent seven, their families, and all they left behind.

Many Minds: A Better Church

In recent years concerns have been expressed in various parts of the United States on the need for more collaboration in the policy making processes and administration of dioceses and religious institutions. As we begin the New Year, I think it may be helpful to highlight some of the many structures we have in place in our Diocese which enable collaboration and promote accountability in our policies and administration.

Christmas Message 2002

Christmas brings people together. The exchange of cards conveys ongoing concern for one another.

A New Year: Some Changes

The First Sunday of Advent, this year December 1st, is New Year's Day for the Church. It is the beginning of our liturgical year, and very appropriately in our Diocese we commence by giving priority focus to the celebration of the Eucharist, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

New Luster for the Rosary

Pope John Paul II gave us a special present on October 16, the 24th anniversary of his election as Holy Father. He enriched the Rosary.

Lackawanna - The Larger Story

The discovery of an alleged "sleeper cell" in Lackawanna with reported ties to al-Qaida has shaken all of us to our socks. Of course much more work has to be done and clarifications have to be made before we can draw definitive conclusions on Lackawanna ties with terrorism.

Memories a Year Later

Most of us will never forget where we were when the reports came of the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001. I was attending a meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Administrative Committee in Washington, D.C.

World Youth Day 2002

I am writing this message midst the joy and excitement of World Youth Day 2002. Yes, I am in Toronto with all our wonderful delegation from the Diocese of Buffalo. Because of publishing deadlines I am sending these thoughts on now, before this magnificent event concludes.

The Bishops in Dallas

No question about it, the meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Dallas from June 13 to 15 was a landmark event. The attention it attracted was unprecedented, and its results will be discussed and acted upon for a long time to come.

Moving Forward

The priesthood goes on, the Church goes on, we all go on.

A Holier Church

The recent meeting hosted by our Holy Father Pope John Paul II for American Cardinals and Bishops, as well as for Vatican officials, was an historic occasion. On the matter of clergy sexual abuse of minors, labeled by our Holy Father as "a crime and an appalling sin," it raised an already acute sensitivity to an even higher level.

A Sense of Perspective

At the beginning of Saint Ignatius' classic "Spiritual Exercises," retreatants are asked to meditate on sinfulness in the created world. Immediately after, there is a colloquy in which we focus on the crucified Christ.

Lent - Season of High Purpose

September 11, 2001 was a jolt. The horrific intrusion into everyday life stirred us instinctively to prayer: prayer by ourselves, prayer with others. Religious services and civic observances drew large crowds. Participation in the Masses on weekends shot up. Those with a merely secular outlook said that people simply wanted to be together.

New Year Resolve

It is often said that resolutions are made to be broken. That statement is often not true.

A Time for More

Happy New Year! No, you don't have to check the bottom of the page for the date. This is the December issue, and December 2nd is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the Church year.

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