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Bishops' Corner
January 16, 2014
In need of your prayers
By Bishop James D. Conley

Democracy depends on sound moral judgment.  Of course, that’s true for any political system: good laws are made by good people, by men and women with a well-formed moral sensibility: a sense of justice, and of obligation to fellow citizens.

The idea of democracy is that laws can be made by all of us, that the collective judgment of citizens is sufficient for a nation to rule itself rightly.  The Founding Fathers of our country believed in that idea: they were dedicated to the notion...

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January 09, 2014
Government must not dictate our beliefs
By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

Anyone who has ever visited Mullen Home for the Aged and the Little Sisters of the Poor is well aware of the ministry of charity they provide to the elderly and dying at their residential home. They serve those who are on limited incomes and provide a home for them imbued with the values of the Gospel.

The Little Sisters of the Poor have to be one of the least likely groups to sue the federal government, but they did so last September because they cannot compromise their Catholic faith...

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November 22, 2013
The conclusion of the Year of Faith
By Bishop James D. Conley

On Sunday, November 24th, Pope Francis will conclude what Pope Benedict XVI began. With a Mass celebrating the Solemnity of Christ the King in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis will call to a close the Church’s Year of Faith.

The Holy Father will end the Year of Faith with an invitation, and with a reminder. He will invite all Catholics to be disciples of Jesus Christ, and he will remind them that Christ’s disciples must always be evangelists.

Last week, Pope Francis sent a message...

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October 03, 2013
Pope Francis - The Reformer
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

This past August, two men sat and quietly discussed major issues facing the world and the Church. Rev. Antonio Spadaro and Pope Francis. The one, the editor of La Civilta Cattolica, a Jesuit journal based in Rome; the other, the head of the Catholic Church, the world’s largest Christian Church. On Sept. 19, their thought-provoking and engaging conversation ignited a media explosion. The New York Times headlined its story: “Pope Says Church Is ‘Obsessed With Gays, Abortion and...

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September 26, 2013
The Pope's interview
By Archbishop José H. Gomez

Everybody is talking about the Pope this week. All over the world, the interview he gave to some Jesuit journalists has been the constant subject of headlines, talk shows, editorials and conversation.

But in our media culture, we have to watch out that we’re not relying too much on secular sources for our news about the Pope and the Church. That’s why the Catholic media is so vital in our day.

Unfortunately, most mainstream reporting on Pope Francis has not been really accurate. The...

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September 25, 2013
Pope Francis and 'The Interview'
By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap.

I had the gift of two unusual blessings last week. The first was a moment to greet Pope Francis in Rome after his Wednesday, September 18, general audience. We had met and served as delegates to the 1997 Special Assembly for America. Sixteen years have passed, but this Pope has a remarkable memory to match his generous spirit. He recalled a friendly conversation we’d had in great detail, and the events of those days that helped shape both of us as young bishops.

The second blessing was...

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September 12, 2013
Praying for peace
By Archbishop José H. Gomez

Our Holy Father Pope Francis has asked us to make this Saturday, Sept. 7, a day of prayer and fasting for peace – especially in Syria and the Middle East.

These are indeed troubling times in that part of the world. In addition to the daily atrocities in Syria’s civil war, there is turmoil in Egypt and daily bloodshed in Iraq.

As I write, our leaders in Washington seem prepared to attack the Syrian regime for using chemical weapons against its people.

My brother bishops in the United States...

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September 05, 2013
Remember those denied 'dignity' of decent work, fair wages
By Archbishop Thomas Wenski

On Labor Day, we honor the working man (and woman) and the dignity of human work. Work in God’s plan is not a punishment for sin but the means for men and women to participate in God’s own work of creation. Through work, we necessarily seek to meet our material needs and provide for our families; but through work, we also seek to contribute to our communities.

As Pope Francis recently said, "work is fundamental to the dignity of a person...it gives one the ability to maintain oneself,...

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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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