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Letter: Oakland Place home is appropriate for bishop

Oakland Place home is appropriate for bishop

Recent opinions suggest that Catholic Bishop Richard Malone emulate the simple lifestyle chosen by the newly elected Pope Francis by relinquishing his home on Oakland Place to the homeless or disposing of it otherwise by sale, etc.

Malone is commonly referred to as the shepherd of his flock, i.e., the Catholics in the diocese. May we analyze the reasons that he should stay in his current home?

The Catholic nuns, priests and missionaries have established many institutions in the Buffalo Diocese – parishes, elementary schools, high schools. Then there is Canisius College, D’Youville, Medaille, Daemen, Trocaire, Villa Maria. The hospitals founded by the Catholics are many – Kenmore Mercy, Sisters of Charity and South Buffalo Mercy. What other religious sect can even come near duplicating those accomplishments? Think of how the educational and medical opportunities thereby created enhance the City of Buffalo.

In view of the above, it seems Malone should have housing appropriate for his role as head of the Buffalo Diocese. We should appreciate having a man of his caliber assigned here. As for the homeless, remember that Catholic Charities is always forefront and center for those in need.

Thelma C. Jenkins