Bishops' Corner
May 19, 2015
Same-Sex Unions: Uncertain Court vs Certain Pope
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

For the last 10 years, polls have indicated a steady increase in support of same-sex unions. In fact, The Wall Street Journal recently reported a March-February 2015 poll showing that 59 percent of Americans now support same-sex “marriages.” This means that, within just the last decade, the number of Americans no longer inclined to limit the definition of marriage to a man and a woman has nearly doubled.

In the same period of time, courts throughout the country have been handing...

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May 07, 2015
Is the legal system ready for all the acrimony over matrimony?
By Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz

As president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, it is my personal responsibility and civic duty to speak for the common good, which I believe is served by preserving natural marriage protection through state laws.

The question is whether the long-standing definition of marriage should be overturned. It is a far reaching question, but not merely because marriage is connected to more than a thousand laws or regulations, everything from the tax code to health benefits to...

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April 13, 2015
The death penalty is morally obsolete
By Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

In April, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case out of Oklahoma (Glossip v. Gross) that challenges the widely used lethal injection protocol in carrying out the death penalty.  This comes a year after the high profile flawed execution of convicted killer Clayton Lockett.  At that time, I called for a reexamination of the use of the death penalty in our state and a moratorium that might lead ultimately to its abolition.

I want to reaffirm my opposition to the use of the death...

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April 09, 2015
From Cultural to Convicted Christian: Today’s Challenge
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

When Pope Leo III placed a crown on the head of Charlemagne on Christmas day in 800 A.D., the Holy Roman Empire emerged as the first attempt to recreate a vast political entity espousing the Christian gospel. From an empty grave outside the walls of Jerusalem to the thrones of the monarchs of Europe, the Christian faith spread its influence over society. Christianity began as a persecuted religion with its adherents hidden in their homes. It gradually became the dominant influence on...

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March 25, 2015
Preach from the Rooftops: 'Evangelium Vitae' at Twenty
By Bishop James D. Conley

We cannot address the unraveling of our culture without addressing the consequences of contraception and abortion. We must rightly understand the relationships between love, truth, freedom, and justice.

Last week, a young friend of mine attempted to defend the truth about marriage among a group of peers at a secular university. She presented a meaningful argument about families, social stability, and gender complementarity. None of her classmates refuted her arguments. Instead, they...

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March 23, 2015
It is time to end the death penalty
By Archbishop José H. Gomez

It is time for our country to put an end to the death penalty.

There is a case pending right now in the U.S. Supreme Court that is looking at the practical problems with the way capital punishment is administered through lethal injections. The justices will hear arguments on the issue next month.

The Supreme Court’s review comes at a time when many people are rethinking the issue of capital punishment.

Eighteen states have now banned the death penalty and the numbers of executions and...

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March 10, 2015
So, your pastor is being transferred
By Bishop Thomas J. Tobin

So, you just learned that your pastor is being transferred. How do you react? For some Catholics, even regular church-going types, it doesn’t make a lot of difference. They don’t have a strong personal relationship with their pastor; their feelings about his performance are neutral; and they just presume that next week someone else will show up to say Mass.

Some Catholics are thrilled when they learn that their pastor is moving on. They never really liked their priest to begin with;...

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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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