Bishops' Corner
September 11, 2014
September 11 and the battle for our hearts
By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

“You will know them by their fruits,” Jesus told the crowd listening to him on the mountain top. This week, as we remember those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, I want to examine the fruits born from the choice in our hearts between hatred and love, so that it’s clear what is at stake.

God did not intend for death to be a part of creation, but it entered the world with the disobedience of Adam and Eve. Soon thereafter, Cain killed his brother when God chose Abel’s sacrifice over...

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September 04, 2014
Atrocities in the Middle East: the killing of Christians
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

The jihadists’ video of the savage beheading of American freelance journalist James Foley on Aug. 19 has lifted the heavy pall of silence surrounding the brutalities of our day. With increasing horror, there is now being brought to light the systematic elimination of Christians taking place from North Africa to Syria and Iraq. In parts of the world where Christianity predates the rise of the Muslim faith by centuries, at least one million Christians have either been killed or have...

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August 26, 2014
The Ice Bucket Challenge’s ethical surprise
By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

From Conan O’Brien to little kids inspired to help those in need, people across the country have taken up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the past few weeks. The campaign has achieved astronomical success, raising $53.3 million for efforts to find a cure to Lou Gehrig’s disease. In the Archdiocese of Denver, the superintendent of Catholic schools has taken the challenge and nominated several principals for it, but with one crucial difference. (See photo in the Denver Catholic...

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July 15, 2014
Hobby Lobby decision is also a mandate
By Bishop James D. Conley

On June 28th, 1776, the first draft of our nation’s Declaration of Independence was introduced to the general session of the Second Continental Congress.  The 28th was a Friday, and so the founding fathers tabled the draft until the following Monday, July 1st, when they took it up again for debate.  A resolution for independence was approved on July 2nd and, on July 4th, the text of the Declaration of Independence was approved.

Sunday, June 30th, 1776, was an important day in our...

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June 26, 2014
Megiddo: A New Archaeological Find and True Christian Identity
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

One of the ancient world’s most important cities was Megiddo, dating from at least the 5th century B.C. Its location on a hill overlooking the Valley of Jezreel in modern day Israel gave it strategic importance in history. In former days, it controlled the passage between two military and trade routes. One connected Egypt to the lands of modern day Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria. The other connected Jerusalem to modern day Lebanon that opened the way by sea, in ancient times, to Italy...

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May 15, 2014
A codicil to the whole 'black mass' brouhaha at Harvard
By Bishop Christopher Coyne

I don't know how many of you are familiar with the story regarding the proposed staging of a black mass by members of the Satanic temple on the Harvard University campus allegedly using a "consecrated" host.  The "reenactment" was to be sponsored by a student group affiliated with the Harvard Extension School as an "educational" experience. Even after a strong and vehement plea from Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, the "mass" was going to be allowed to take place since...

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May 09, 2014
Our moral obligation to vote
By Bishop James D. Conley

Catholic education played a vital role in the founding of our nation.

Among the signers of the Declaration of Independence was Charles Carroll, a Catholic landowner who had been educated in Catholic schools in Maryland and in France—even receiving a Catholic legal education in France. Charles Carroll was one of the earliest advocates for American independence. In the early 1770s, he began writing newspaper columns supporting independence. He funded the early tea-protests against British...

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April 15, 2014
This Holy Week, innocents are at risk
By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

This week, as we recall the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, the theme of innocence has been on my mind and in my heart.

Jesus was, as Isaiah prophesied, oppressed and afflicted, “yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter” (Is. 53:7).

An address that Pope Francis gave this past week to representatives of the Italian Pro-life Movement also brings innocence to mind. He warned the group about the growth of a “throw away culture” that discards...

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April 10, 2014
Today’s fiery furnaces
By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

In the first reading for this Wednesday, April 9, we hear about three faithful Jews—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—who disobeyed the king’s command to worship an idol, fully aware that a horrible death awaited them. For some of us, this famous story might be hard to relate to, but it is more relevant for our times than you might realize.

I am inspired by the profound courage of these men who trusted so deeply in God’s plan for them that they were willing to defy their king and...

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April 03, 2014
A gathering that needs our support
By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap.

This week's column is brief. But the subject matter warrants all our attention.

Again this June, our nation's bishops have asked Catholics across the country to observe a "Fortnight for Freedom." The theme this year is "Freedom to Serve." It highlights the many Catholic social and charitable ministries that serve the poor, the homeless and other vulnerable groups in our country, but that now face growing government interference. Details on the Fortnight will be made available throughout the...

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