Bishops' Corner
February 16, 2015
The search for wisdom and Christ
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

Benjamin Franklin holds the great distinction of being not only one of America’s founding fathers, but also one of her most cherished sons. He was statesman, writer, inventor and philosopher. In our age of increasing specialization, the breadth of his contributions staggers the mind. The Franklin stove, the lightning rod, swim fins, the glass armonica, the flexible catheter and bifocal glasses, to name a few.

Franklin has also left behind a rich literary legacy. He wrote essays, books and...

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February 05, 2015
Why Suffering?
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

Nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees in southwestern France is the small town of Lourdes. Its population of 15,000 swells every tourist season to more than 5,000,000. Lourdes has more hotels per square kilometer than any other city in France except Paris. Ever since the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Bernadette Soubirous on Feb. 11, 1858, there have been more than 200 million people who have come to pray at this shrine.

The crippled and the blind, the healthy and the sick, the...

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January 29, 2015
Eight Hundred Years of Prayer: Lawyers, Faith, and the Common Good
By Bishop James D. Conley

The Catholic tradition of the Red Mass dates back to the year 1245, when the Bishop of Paris brought together the lawyers and law students working in his city to pray that the Holy Spirit would bless them with wisdom and good counsel. The Church has been praying for holy and virtuous lawyers for eight hundred years. Maybe another eight hundred years will finally do the trick!

As attorneys, your call is to serve the Lord in the life of the mind and in the forum of civil government and public...

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January 22, 2015
America's Next Saint, St. Junípero Serra
By Archbishop José H. Gomez

America’s next saint will be the man who evangelized California and is associated with the beginnings of Los Angeles.

Pope Francis announced last week that he intends to canonize Blessed Junípero Serra, OFM, when he comes to the United States next September.
 
This is great news and I am grateful to our Holy Father for this gift to California and the Americas.

I wish the Pope was coming to Los Angeles, which Padre Serra originally called El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de...

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January 22, 2015
The 'Throwaway Culture' Has Arrived at Our Doorstep
By Bishop Thomas J. Tobin

Pope Francis has frequently used the phrase “throwaway culture” to lament the
very casual way in which we dispose of unwanted members of the human family when they’re deemed burdensome, inconvenient or useless. While the Holy Father has applied this theme to a number of situations, it seems especially fitting to consider its relevance to abortion, particularly as our nation observes the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the horrible Supreme Court decision that rendered abortion legal in...

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January 21, 2015
The Paris Attack against Charlie Hebdo and Freedom of Speech
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

Oxford University Press has a long and distinguished history. From its humble birth in 1480 when it began to publish the Bible, it has grown to be the largest publishing house in the world. Since it publishes educational materials for use in more than 150 countries, its overseers are very much aware of the broad range of religious, social and cultural differences of those whom they service. In an effort to be sensitive to the belief and practice of Muslims, Oxford University Press has now...

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January 13, 2015
Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide: Death to Compassion
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

In 1993, Oregon’s present governor, John Kitzhaber - then a state senator and a doctor - worked hard to make health care available for the poor through a program that rationed benefits. His efforts, along with those of others, gave birth to the Oregon Health Plan. This was a major step in the reform of our national health care.

Fifteen years after the plan was put into effect, in 2008, the state's health care rationing program informed cancer patients that the state’s health plan would...

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January 09, 2015
Tua Res Agitur: It Concerns You
By Bishop James D. Conley

In the century before Christ was born, the great Roman poet Horace wrote a wise line: “Tua res agitur paries cum proximus ardet.” The English translation is: “It concerns you when your neighbor’s wall is on fire.”

Horace taught that we are connected to one another—that human beings are responsible for each other’s wellbeing, and that the misfortunes of others can endanger each one of us. Horace meant that we need to respond when neighbors face danger—that justice, and love,...

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January 01, 2015
A Child: God's Gift to a Family and the World
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

In 1843, Sir Henry Cole, a civil servant in London, found himself too busy to sit down and write the customary Christmas greetings to his family and friends.  So he asked the British painter John Callcott Horsley to design a card with an image and greeting to send instead.  That first Christmas card has spawned an industry that produces more than 2 billion Christmas cards each year in America alone.
  
Despite the secular greeting cards that now flood the market at Christmas, cards with a...

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December 12, 2014
Our Lady of Guadalupe - the Star of the New Evangelization
By Bishop James D. Conley

15 years ago, in 1999, Pope St. John Paul II declared that the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe would be celebrated in the every Church in the Americas, because, he said, she is the Patroness, the Evangelizer, and the Mother of the Americas.  
 
John Paul said that through her intercession, the new evangelization in America would  “yield a splendid flowering of Christian life." She is, therefore, the Star of the New Evangelization.
 
The Blessed Virgin Mary is an evangelist in all times, in...

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