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Bishops' Corner
August 29, 2013
Priesthood and the Second Vatican Council
By Bishop George Thomas

Nearly 50 years ago, the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council issued a groundbreaking document on the Catholic priesthood.

In doing so, they provided us with not only a more expansive understanding of the ministerial priesthood, but also fresh insights into the priesthood of the faithful.

THE COMMON PRIESTHOOD

The Council Fathers taught that the whole community of believers is a priestly people, and that the lay faithful exercise their priesthood through the unfolding of baptismal and...

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August 22, 2013
Let them be born in wonder
By Bishop James D. Conley

"Wonder is the beginning of knowledge," said Professor John Senior, "the reverent fear that beauty strikes within us."

Professor Senior built his life around wonder – he reveled in the mysteries of this universe, and in the Mystery – that of God himself – to which our world points. Professor Senior believed that if each of us took the opportunity to really look at the world around us – to marvel at nature, at humanity, at our own creation, and at God, we would be filled with...

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August 15, 2013
Security, immigration reform and human dignity
By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap.

Americans have a right to secure borders, especially in an era of anti-American violence. We have a right to reasonably regulate our immigration policies. We have a right to exclude criminals from our country and to protect the financial health of our public institutions and services. We have a right to verify foreign visitors and guest workers, and to expect their compliance with the law.

But most undocumented immigrants in the United States – the vast majority – never commit a violent...

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July 25, 2013
The mission of faith
By Archbishop José H. Gomez

This week many of our young people are heading off on their pilgrimage to Rio de Janiero, Brazil to join Pope Francis at World Youth Day.

And last week Pope Francis gave all of us a great gift – his first encyclical letter, “Lumen Fidei.” (“The Light of Faith”)

Faith is one of the great issues of our times. How can we believe? And who can we trust? What is there for us to believe in? How can we know for sure that what we believe is true? These questions trouble many of our neighbors....

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July 18, 2013
Catholicism - a gift to the common good
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

The Russian dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who authored The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, won the 1970 Nobel Prize in literature. Through his writings, he had made the world aware of the dehumanizing and repressive measures of the former Soviet Union. He himself had spent eight years in prisons and forced labor camps under the Communist state. In 1974, the Soviet Union deported him. After a brief residence in Germany and then in Switzerland, he eventually...

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July 04, 2013
Don’t be discouraged, God is at work
By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

I grew up in Southern California. On hot days, my imagination turns to the beach – to cooling off with a dip in the ocean and perhaps even to time spent surfing. When I lived in Italy, I joined the thousands of people who flee Rome every summer – I spent the hottest parts of the year with my family in Sicily. Since I’ve come to Colorado, I’ve spent hot days in the mountains, hiking into cooler temperatures and shady forests.
   
No one wants to spend a summer day in the heat and...

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June 27, 2013
Freedom, fasting, and the courage to be ‘set apart’
By Bishop James D. Conley

Holiness means being "set apart." The Church’s holiness comes not from us, but from God, who has set us apart through faith and baptism. God says to us, what he said to the ancient Israelites: "You shall be holy, for I am holy."

When God’s people start living like everyone else, there is trouble in store. The loss of holiness, and the embrace of a worldly lifestyle, can cause us to lose our freedom and come under oppression.

We see this pattern in the Old Testament: God lets affliction...

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June 13, 2013
Greetings from San Diego
By Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Greetings from San Diego, where I have joined with my brother bishops from across the country for our annual Spring meeting. I spent last evening catching up on the news from back home, and came across a few items I’d like to share.

Yesterday, the online edition of “USA Today” ran an op-ed column from me, as president of the USCCB, expressing our support for the immigration reform bill now before the U.S. Senate. Let me share an excerpt with you:

"Immigration reform is an issue close...

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June 11, 2013
The evidential power of beauty
By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap.

"Beauty is the battlefield where God and Satan contend for the hearts of men."
– Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

"Late have I loved thee, Beauty so old and so new; late have I loved thee. Lo, you were within, but I was outside, seeking there for you, and upon the shapely things you have made I rushed headlong – I, misshapen. You were with me, but I was not with you. They held me back far from you, those things which would have no being, were they not in you."
– Augustine, The...

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“Parents are parents for eternal life,” reflected Father John Hardon, S.J., “God gives them children in this world, but not for this world.”

Father Hardon was right. The vocation of parents is to prepare their children for their eternal destiny – a life in Jesus Christ, sharing in heaven itself. The job of a parent is to prepare children to become saints. To know their worth, their dignity, and their beauty as redeemed sons and daughters of the Father.

It isn’t easy to prepare...

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