Bishops' Corner

November 26, 2015

Let's honor God for the blessings in our lives this Thanksgiving

By Bishop James D. Conley

(Today), most of us will celebrate Thanksgiving around family tables, gathered with those we love, to give thanks to God for the blessings of our lives. We will share a festive meal together, celebrate the gift of family life, and enjoy the comforts of friendship. But as we give thanks for the blessings of our own lives, we should also remember those who suffer tragedy around the world.   As we give thanks this year, we might remember those who were victims of the horrible...

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November 17, 2015

Secular slums and the Francis option

By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

In a few short weeks, we will celebrate the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which has great potential to bring many people back to the Lord, and to serve as a launching pad for bringing the Gospel to the spiritual slums created by secularism. Bl. Mother Teresa frequently pointed out that the modern mission field for the West is not overseas but on our shores. The greatest poverty of the West, she would say, is not material poverty but the spiritual poverty that can be seen in...

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October 21, 2015

Holy spouses, holy families: Reflections on the final days of the synod

By Archbishop José H. Gomez

As synod 2015 began its final week of work, Pope Francis canonized a married couple, Louis and Zélie Martin, whose nine children included the Doctor of the Church, St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Louis and Zélie led a humble, hidden life. It was rooted in the rhythms of daily Mass and everyday duties — earning a living, making meals and doing the housework, teaching the children, serving in the community, and simply enjoying time together as a family. The couple knew love and joy and also...

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October 20, 2015

Did Thomas More and John Fisher die for nothing?

By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

The idea that Catholics should be allowed to remarry and receive communion did not begin with the letter signed by Cardinal Kasper and other members of the German episcopate in 1993. Another country’s episcopate – England’s – pioneered this experiment in Christian doctrine nearly 500 years ago. At stake then was not just whether any Catholic could remarry, but whether the king could, since his wife had not borne him a son. As with those who advocate for communion for the civilly...

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October 06, 2015

The 2015 Synod: From Confusion to Clarity

By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

Last year, the Extraordinary Synod on the Family took place in Rome from Oct. 5 to19. The participants boldly examined family life in the light of today’s culture. They did not shy away from topics such as the breakdown in marriages, multiple marriages, polygamy, divorce, inter-religious marriages, cohabitation, same-sex relationships, domestic violence as well as the effects of war and immigration on the family. The heated debates, news leaks and media reports stirred vigorous discussion...

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September 21, 2015

Pope Francis and Annulments: The Reality of Marriage

By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

Sweeping Reform! Dramatic change! Cumbersome, complicated procedure gone! Clearing away rules dating from 1741! Fast-track annulments in forty-five days! No charge, no fault annulments! These are some of the ways that the media has characterized and sensationalized the new rules that Pope Francis issued September 8, 2015 for granting annulments in the Catholic Church.   When the news of the Pope’s reform rules broke, a rush of commentators flooded the airwaves and journalists went to...

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September 16, 2015

Doctor-prescribed death is the wrong choice for California

By Archbishop José H. Gomez

Last week, the California legislature voted to allow doctors to help their patients kill themselves.   This decision is deeply disturbing — and so is the process that led to this vote.    Assembly and Senate leaders chose to push this bill (AB2X-15) through an “extraordinary” legislative session that Governor Brown had called to deal with health care financing for the poor.    This is no way for our government to make policy on a life and death issue that will...

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September 10, 2015

Gay Marriage and Civil Disobedience: The Place of Conscience

By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

In the fifth century before Christ, the Greek playwright Sophocles wrote the tragedy entitled Antigone. The protagonist, Antigone, is one of theater’s most powerful women. Antigone faces a conflict that is profound and poignant. The newly crowned King of Thebes has forbidden a proper burial for her brother. Does she obey him or does she show the proper respect for her brother?  Antigone places conscience above human law. She refuses to obey a man-made law. Instead, she insists on...

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September 02, 2015

The 'Joy of the Gospel' and the Gospel of Life

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

What do we hope Pope Francis will take away from his September visit to Philadelphia? I hope he realizes that American Catholics in general, and Philadelphia Catholics in a very special way, love and support him wholeheartedly. I hope he sees that there’s tremendous good in our country, and a lot of it began here in Philadelphia, where our nation was born. I hope he sees how deeply shaped we are – as a city and as a people – by the immigrant experience. I hope he sees that the Church...

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August 11, 2015

There is no equivalence

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

Here’s a simple exercise in basic reasoning.  On a spectrum of bad things to do, theft is bad, assault is worse and murder is worst.  There’s a similar texture of ill will connecting all three crimes, but only a very confused conscience would equate thieving and homicide.  Both are serious matters.  But there is no equivalence.  The deliberate killing of innocent life is a uniquely wicked act.  No amount of contextualizing or deflecting our attention to other issues can obscure...

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