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Cardinal O'Malley: Government report confirms bishops' concern on abortion coverage
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 10:35 am
A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) "confirms the U.S. bishops' longstanding concern about abortion coverage" in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), said Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Bishop makes clear goal of Church on life issues
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 03:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone delivered a keynote address to respect life coordinators that clarified Pope Francis' position on life issues. He also stated his views in no uncertain terms. "I believe that the primal evil in our time is the assault on unborn life," the bishop said during a Sept. 6 inservice held at the Catholic Center in downtown Buffalo.
Pro-life activist brings team of interns to diocese
Tue, Aug 26th 2014 02:00 pm
Members of Stand True Pro-Life Outreach spent the summer traveling across the country dropping information like a gang of Johnny Appleseeds. They swung through Buffalo in mid-August to pray, protest and participate in a pro-life weekend.
Bishop Malone observes Fortnight, Rosary Novena for Life
Mon, Jun 30th 2014 10:00 am
An early Mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish in North Buffalo celebrated two important tenets of the American Catholic faith, as Bishop Richard J. Malone observed the Fortnight for Freedom and Rosary Novena for Life Saturday morning.
USCCB trainers bring pro-life leadership to diocese
Fri, May 16th 2014 10:00 am
The guilt and pain of having an abortion can last for years. For some it leads to depression and anxiety. Others may develop an inability to connect with children. Catholic dioceses across the country offer healing through Project Rachel Ministries, the Catholic Church's outreach to women and men affected by abortion.
Pro-Life is the theme for early May in diocese
Mon, May 5th 2014 10:00 am
The first few days of May have brought a Pro-Life focus to the Diocese of Buffalo with a series of events that began Sunday with the second annual Blessing of the Child in the Womb Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo.
Pro-Life Perspective: Children are not fashion accessories
Wed, Apr 23rd 2014 09:00 am
An article in The New York Times a few weeks ago caught my attention. It was about an effort to legalize commercial surrogacy in New York state, the process whereby people who wish to be parents pay a woman to rent out her womb to grow a baby.
School tax credit among topics of Public Policy Day
Thu, Mar 27th 2014 02:00 pm
Deacon Don Weigel led a faithful army to the state capitol on Public Policy Day to advocate for those in need. They spoke to state senators and assembly representatives, imploring them to pass legislation that would offer fair benefits to workers, restore dignity to inmates and decrease abortions.
St. Gianna banquet brings death-defying speaker
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 11:00 am
Bryan Kemper almost missed out on speaking at the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach banquet Feb. 12 for several reasons. Most involve his near death experiences.
Cold can't stop the March for Life
Fri, Jan 24th 2014 03:15 pm
It takes more than a polar vortex to stop the Pro-Life Movement. Over 300 people from Western New York bundled up and joined 20,000 others from all walks of life and faith backgrounds to tell the world abortion will not be tolerated
Life Issues Forum: Each human masterpiece possess intrinsic value
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 03:00 pm
As I watched in shock, the same questions kept coming back to me: How can these soldiers do this? How can they act so brutally against their fellow man?
Pro-Life committees share strategies at Vine & Branches meetings
Mon, Dec 9th 2013 09:00 am
Respect life coordinators across the diocese have asked for more education on life issues and the diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities has replied. Warriors in the pro-life movement now hold quarterly Vine & Branches meetings to share information and hear from people making decisions that support life.
Diocese marks observance of "tragic" Supreme Court decision
Sun, Jan 20th 2013 03:45 pm
St. John the Baptist Church in Kenmore was filled to capacity on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, as Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrated the annual diocesan Mass in observance of the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
Cardinal Dolan applauds 12 court challenges of HHS mandate
Mon, May 21st 2012 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in a May 21 statement, applauded 43 dioceses, hospitals, schools and church agencies for filing 12 lawsuits around the nation saying the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate violates religious freedom.
Bishops vow continued vigorous efforts against HHS mandate
Wed, Mar 14th 2012 11:00 am
WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops are strongly united in their ongoing and determined efforts to protect religious freedom, the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said in a March 14 statement.
Cardinal Dolan voices dismay as religious freedom talks stall
Sat, Mar 3rd 2012 11:00 am
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York voiced dismay in the Administration's handling of the church as the White House and the church seek to work out religious freedom problems found in a mandate in the new health care reform bill.
Catholics urged to oppose HHS mandate
Thu, Feb 16th 2012 10:00 am
For many years, the U.S. bishops have supported access to life-affirming health care for all. During the health care reform debate in Congress you received a number of urgent USCCB memorandum calling for health care legislation that would advance the goal of truly universal, life-affirming health care: upholding longstanding federal policies against abortion funding , protecting rights of conscience, and not leaving immigrants worse off.
Six more things everyone should know about the HHS mandate
Wed, Feb 15th 2012 03:35 pm
1. The rule that created the uproar has not changed at all, but was finalized as is. Friday evening, after a day of touting meaningful changes in the mandate, HHS issued a regulation finalizing the rule first issued in August 2011, "without change." So religious employers dedicated to serving people of other faiths are still not exempt as "religious employers." Indeed, the rule describes them as "non-exempt."
Bishops renew call to legislative action on religious liberty
Sat, Feb 11th 2012 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued the following statement:
Bishops studying initial White House movement on religious liberty
Fri, Feb 10th 2012 03:30 pm
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following statement, responding to President Obama's announcement about religious freedom that was made at the White House on Feb. 10, 2012.
Majority of Catholic voters oppose federal contraception rule
Wed, Feb 8th 2012 03:00 pm
Most Catholic voters oppose the federal rule requiring religious institutions to buy insurance that covers contraception and sterilization, according to new research published Feb. 7.
Bishops vow to voice government edict forcing contraceptive converage
Fri, Jan 20th 2012 03:00 pm
The Catholic bishops of the United States called "literally unconscionable" a decision by the Obama Administration to continue to demand that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans. The Jan. 20 announcement means that this mandate and its very narrow exemption will not change at all; instead there will only be a delay in enforcement against some employers.