Bishops' Corner

April 23, 2016

Conscience and the Choice between Heaven and Hell

By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

On April 12, 2016, the Pew Research Center published the results of its survey entitled “Religion in Everyday Life.”  The survey reports that three-quarters of Catholics say that they decide what is right or wrong on the basis of their own conscience.  Only twenty-one percent of Catholics say that they look to the teaching of the Church for guidance in making moral decisions.  And, an even fewer eleven percent look to the Pope.  Those who reject Church teaching often say, “I am following...

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April 20, 2016

Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia: A Challenging Teaching

By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

In his post-synodal exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis has offered the Church a challenge to reflect more deeply on Christ’s teaching on marriage.  The Holy Father reemphasizes the Church’s firm teaching on family and the Sacrament of Matrimony, while challenging us to be understanding and compassionate toward those who struggle in the concrete exigencies of their lives to form stable and healthy families. Many in the media have greeted the Pope’s teaching as a revolution in...

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April 07, 2016

Compassion vs. the Persecution of Believers

By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

History has the uncanny habit of repeating itself.  American writer, historian, and philosopher Will Durant once said, “So the story of man runs in a dreary circle, because he is not yet master of the earth that holds him.”  The biblical writer Qoheleth made the same observation about 2,000 years earlier.  He said, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” (Eccl 1:9).  This seems certainly true when it comes to the persecution of...

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March 31, 2016

The violence of terrorism and religion

By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

The March 22, 2016 brutal bombings in Brussels’ international airport and metro system killed more than 35 innocent people and injured more than 270 others. These cowardly terror attacks brought Europe to a standstill. They made Europe more keenly aware that, even as she strives for economic and political unity, Europe has within her borders and in her homes the enemy poised and ready to bring her down. The well-orchestrated violence unleashed on Brussels brings home the frightening fact...

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March 17, 2016

The Little Sisters’ Holy Week trial

By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

This Lenten Season is going by quickly, and with Easter being so early this year, I want to wish all of you a very blessed Holy Week and Easter!  You will all be in my heart and prayers as we journey with the Lord through his passion, death and resurrection. My heart is filled with gratitude for you and the many blessings the Lord has bestowed on the Church of Northern Colorado. And yet, the Little Sisters of the Poor, who serve the elderly in our archdiocese through their ministry at...

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March 15, 2016

Stopping the Christian 'genocide'

By Archbishop José H. Gomez

The story of Christianity is written in the blood of martyrs. It is always striking to me that on the day after the joyous feast of Christmas, the Church’s liturgy remembers the first martyr, the deacon St. Stephen. And nearly every week throughout the year, our liturgy remembers the witness of someone who has shed his blood or her blood for following Jesus. The martyrs are a witness to our conscience. They remind us that Jesus calls us to follow him without compromise, and that we may...

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March 13, 2016

A bitter time and its lessons

By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

Adults have a duty to love and protect children.  Yet not a day goes by when we don’t hear a story about children abused by someone they know and trust. Perpetrators cover a very wide spectrum, from parents to coaches to teachers to clergy.  But especially bitter for the statewide Catholic community is a March 1 grand jury report detailing abuses that took place in western Pennsylvania’s Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.   This news brings back ugly feelings for so many within our own...

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February 29, 2016

The election of a president and the nation’s morality

By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

The Election of a President and the Nation’s Morality   Make America Great Again.  Fighting for us.  Re-igniting the Promise of America.  A New American Century.  Unleash The American Dream.  Real Leadership.  Slogans play a major role in every presidential campaign.  Their few words succinctly summarize the candidate’s position.  They capture the voters’ attention and inspire confidence.  Each new election offers the nation the hope to begin anew, to address its problems with...

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February 19, 2016

On Lenten films, and faith where it's least expected

By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap.

Exactly 12 years ago this month (February 25) Mel Gibson released The Passion of the Christ.  Gibson set a new standard in religiously themed films by drawing together superior acting (Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci and talented unknowns), directing (Gibson himself) and other excellent production values, and combining them with a compelling story (Christ’s Passion) and ample financial resources.  Gibson’s film is one of the great biblical screen adaptations.  It’s as powerful now as when...

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February 16, 2016

Francis and Kirill: A Step for Unity, a Leap for Christianity

By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

From its birthplace in the Middle East, Christianity spread with amazing speed over the well-trodden roads of the Roman Empire. First seen as a breakaway sect of the Jewish faith, Christianity suffered great persecution for three centuries. However, through the blood of martyrs and the steadfast witness of Christians who lived their faith, the Church grew in strength and numbers.  In 313 AD, the Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan, ending the brutal persecutions of Christians. Ten...

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