Bishops' Corner

January 22, 2015
The 'Throwaway Culture' Has Arrived at Our Doorstep
By Bishop Thomas J. Tobin

Pope Francis has frequently used the phrase “throwaway culture” to lament the
very casual way in which we dispose of unwanted members of the human family when they’re deemed burdensome, inconvenient or useless. While the Holy Father has applied this theme to a number of situations, it seems especially fitting to consider its relevance to abortion, particularly as our nation observes the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the horrible Supreme Court decision that rendered abortion legal in...

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January 21, 2015
The Paris Attack against Charlie Hebdo and Freedom of Speech
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

Oxford University Press has a long and distinguished history. From its humble birth in 1480 when it began to publish the Bible, it has grown to be the largest publishing house in the world. Since it publishes educational materials for use in more than 150 countries, its overseers are very much aware of the broad range of religious, social and cultural differences of those whom they service. In an effort to be sensitive to the belief and practice of Muslims, Oxford University Press has now...

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January 13, 2015
Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide: Death to Compassion
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

In 1993, Oregon’s present governor, John Kitzhaber - then a state senator and a doctor - worked hard to make health care available for the poor through a program that rationed benefits. His efforts, along with those of others, gave birth to the Oregon Health Plan. This was a major step in the reform of our national health care.

Fifteen years after the plan was put into effect, in 2008, the state's health care rationing program informed cancer patients that the state’s health plan would...

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January 09, 2015
Tua Res Agitur: It Concerns You
By Bishop James D. Conley

In the century before Christ was born, the great Roman poet Horace wrote a wise line: “Tua res agitur paries cum proximus ardet.” The English translation is: “It concerns you when your neighbor’s wall is on fire.”

Horace taught that we are connected to one another—that human beings are responsible for each other’s wellbeing, and that the misfortunes of others can endanger each one of us. Horace meant that we need to respond when neighbors face danger—that justice, and love,...

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January 01, 2015
A Child: God's Gift to a Family and the World
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

In 1843, Sir Henry Cole, a civil servant in London, found himself too busy to sit down and write the customary Christmas greetings to his family and friends.  So he asked the British painter John Callcott Horsley to design a card with an image and greeting to send instead.  That first Christmas card has spawned an industry that produces more than 2 billion Christmas cards each year in America alone.
  
Despite the secular greeting cards that now flood the market at Christmas, cards with a...

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December 12, 2014
Our Lady of Guadalupe - the Star of the New Evangelization
By Bishop James D. Conley

15 years ago, in 1999, Pope St. John Paul II declared that the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe would be celebrated in the every Church in the Americas, because, he said, she is the Patroness, the Evangelizer, and the Mother of the Americas.  
 
John Paul said that through her intercession, the new evangelization in America would  “yield a splendid flowering of Christian life." She is, therefore, the Star of the New Evangelization.
 
The Blessed Virgin Mary is an evangelist in all times, in...

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November 27, 2014
A grateful Thanksgiving
By Bishop James D. Conley

Like most of you, I’ll gather around a table this Thanksgiving with family and friends.  I’ll have the privilege of being with my mother, my sister and her husband, and my favorite niece and nephew – I only have two! For several weeks, I’ve been looking forward to this chance to be with my family—to relax, and catch up, and to laugh with one another.

My family will begin our time together with the truest moment of Thanksgiving—with an expression of gratitude to Jesus Christ for...

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November 20, 2014
Exorcism and Christ’s Victory over the Devil
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

On September 21, 2014, 1,600 people gathered outside Oklahoma’s Civic Center Music Hall to protest the satanic ritual of a Black Mass that the city officials had permitted.  Inside, forty-two people attended the blasphemy.  A few months before, a similar event was cancelled at Harvard University in response to the great outcry from believers.  Recent times have witnessed an increased fascination with the devil.

Throughout the world, the decline in faith and the rise of interest in the...

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October 30, 2014
Media missed synod’s testimonies of joy
By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

In the days since the Synod on the Family ended, I have hadsome people tell me they are confused or worried about the results of thegathering. Many of them have listened to the secular media reports that openlyadvocate for the Church to change her teaching on marriage and human sexuality,but they did not read the actual documents.

Outside of the media spotlight, the synod heard beautifultestimonies from couples and bishops around the world who had experienced thetruth of the Church’s...

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October 16, 2014
The Family in Crisis: The Church Responds
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

From 1988 until 1998, CBS aired the highly successful sitcom Murphy Brown.  This cutting-edge comedy featured Candice Bergen as a tough-talking investigative journalist and news anchor.  In 1992, the show’s main character decided to have a child out of wedlock.  Then Vice President Dan Quayle remarked that “It doesn’t help matters when primetime TV has Murphy Brown, a character who supposedly epitomizes today’s intelligent, highly paid professional woman, mocking the importance...

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