Bishops' Corner
February 21, 2013
God bless Pope Benedict
By Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi

The surprising news spread quickly around the world: The Holy Father had resigned! The last time a Pope had resigned was in 1415, almost 600 years ago. Although more than once Pope Benedict XVI had given some indications that he would resign if he ever thought he could not fulfill the ministry of Pope due to age or infirmity, the timing of his announcement took the Church by surprise.

At age 85, Pope Benedict apparently felt now was the time to step aside. As he explained in his statement...

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February 15, 2013
A time for holiness
By Archbishop José H. Gomez

There have been challenging days for our local Church here in Los Angeles.

I have been talking and reflecting with Cardinal Mahony and Bishop Curry, along with our other Auxiliary Bishops about the events of the past weeks. We are committed to moving forward in our ministries with hope and confidence in God’s grace.

We need to keep praying for those who are hurting. We need to ask again for forgiveness for the sins of the past and for our own failings. And we need to match our prayers for...

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February 07, 2013
Making sense of another ambiguous ‘compromise’
By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap.

To live well is nothing other than to love God with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul and with all one’s efforts; from this it comes about that love is kept whole and uncorrupted (through temperance). No misfortune can disturb it (and this is fortitude). It obeys only [God] (and this is justice), and is careful in discerning things, so as not to be surprised by deceit or trickery (and this is prudence).

– Augustine

The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that prudence is...

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January 31, 2013
The ultrasound generation
By Cardinal Timothy Dolan

As we mark the solemn 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, I would like to address my column this week to our teens and young adults, who I believe will ultimately prevail in restoring a sense of respect for all human life, including the innocent baby in her mother’s womb. Please feel free to share this column with a young adult in your life, or ask them to look for it at www.cny.org.

For much of the 40 years since the Supreme Court’s tragic Roe v. Wade decision ushering in an...

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January 24, 2013
A second term: rhetoric to reality
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

Three years after he wrote the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson drafted the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. With the assistance of James Madison, the bill became law on January 16, 1786. The law guaranteed that all individuals have the natural right to exercise their religious beliefs.

Jefferson considered this law one of his greatest achievements. In fact, in his own full epitaph, he wrote: “Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of American...

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January 17, 2013
Catholic means ‘universal’
By Archbishop José H. Gomez

These first days of this New Year give me hope that 2013 will be the time when our leaders finally come together to enact a just reform of our immigration policies.

This is the end of “National Migration Week” (Jan. 6-12). And this year, my brother bishops and I in the United States are stressing the urgent need for comprehensive reforms that would end deportation policies that break up families and that would offer illegal immigrants a path to make restitution and become citizens.

It is...

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January 10, 2013
In new year, we must promote culture of life and peace
By Bishop Thomas John Paprocki

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Looking back at this past year, the horrendous shootings that took place on Dec. 14 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., will cast a dark shadow on the whole year, much as the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 became etched in so many people's minds simply as "9/11" without even needing to mention the year because everyone knew.

Sad to say, the depraved killer's rampage at the Sandy Hook School was not the only mass shooting of the...

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January 03, 2013
From the manger, God shows us that 'small is beautiful'
By Bishop James D. Conley

"Even if God exists," the world wonders, "how can he be close to us? Can our lives be significant to God? Does he really love us?"

According to polls most Americans believe, for the most part, in God. But for many, God is a distant and impersonal force – a concept more than a person. For many, the idea of a personal God is foreign and in some ways uncomfortable. Modern man, having lived in a culture devoid of love, is skeptical of a God who loves him.

Tragedies, like the unspeakable...

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December 20, 2012
The tender face of our mother
By Archbishop José H. Gomez

For the first time, tonight we celebrate this glorious feast in the presence of the precious relic of the holy tilma that bears Our Lady’s miraculous image! This is the only relic of this kind in our country or anywhere else outside of Mexico City.

With this relic in our new Chapel to the Virgin, we feel a deep spiritual connection tonight with our brothers and sisters in Mexico – and with Guadalupanos of every continent!

We belong to one family of God! Our brothers and sisters are...

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December 13, 2012
The season of Advent is perfect to awaken, discover, inspire
By Bishop Gerald Kicanas

Awaken, Discover, Inspire defines our efforts for the Year of Faith in our Diocese and also can characterize our celebration of Advent.


Advent stirs in us a longing for the Lord to come more fully into our lives. Christ’s coming testifies vividly God’s desire to dwell among us, to experience firsthand the struggles we experience. This season awakens in us a grasp of God’s selfless love for us, that moves us to love as we have been loved. This season awakens in us a burning...

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