Bishops' Corner

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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February 12, 2016

‘Selfies’ and the Search for Self-worth

By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

In 1506, at the age of 23, Raphael produced a beautiful self-portrait now found in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery.  Leonardo da Vinci also gave us a picture of himself in his 1512 Portrait of a Man in Red Chalk.  Likewise, Michelangelo left us his portrait by placing his own face on the flayed skin held by St. Bartholomew in the Sistine Chapel’s Last Judgment.  And then there is Van Gogh.  He painted thirty-seven self-portraits between 1886 and 1889.  Ever since the Renaissance, artists have been...

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January 12, 2016

Truth, Compassion, and Mercy

By Bishop James D. Conley

This week, representatives from high schools across Nebraska will vote on policies to define the scope of participation in high school athletics and other extra-curricular activities.  They will consider whether students should participate in sports and other activities according to the sex into which they were born, or according to a gender of their own choosing.  By the time many of you read this column, the votes will have been cast: if three Nebraska regions support the truth that the...

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December 25, 2015

Bethlehem: The School of Divine Mercy

By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

During the height of her political prowess, ancient Rome boasted of her influence throughout the world. Romans had planted their culture in Athens, Corinth, Jerusalem and Alexandria. They had extended their rule to North Africa to Hadrian's Wall in England and the Antonine Wall in Scotland. Great roads, theaters, public baths, gymnasia and the military muscle of the Roman Empire fostered a sense of security and prosperity. But, there was one thing notably missing from the heart of the Roman...

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December 11, 2015

What good does it do to pray?

By Archbishop José H. Gomez

The terror shootings in San Bernardino continues to trouble me and make me sad. I am praying for the families and loved ones of those who were killed and praying that those who were wounded and traumatized will find comfort and healing. In the aftermath of the shooting, I was sad to see that this simple act of offering prayers is becoming controversial and complicated in our society. On news shows and in the social media, there were some politicians and journalists and...

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December 08, 2015

Consumerism vs. Christmas

By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

In a rather clever social experiment, Coby Persin turned the spotlight on human behavior and motivation. He taped 50 $1 bills to his suit; and, on a bright November day this year, he walked around Manhattan for an hour and a half. With his hands, he held up a sign that said, “Take What You Need.” Some people just passed him by, but not everybody.  A well-dressed businessman stopped and took some money. When questioned if he needed it, he responded that he was taking it because it was...

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