Bishops' Corner

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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October 16, 2014
Heaven is for real and forever
By Archbishop José H. Gomez

God’s ways are not our ways, and his will is not always easy for us to understand.

We know that God has a plan of love for every life. But we also know that within his plan, people can find sickness and suffering that seems to have no reason, no justification.

These are some of my reflections as the sad drama of a young California woman has been unfolding this week on cable news and in the social media.

By now, many of you have heard of Brittany Maynard. She is 29 and suffering from brain...

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October 08, 2014
A Widening Gap on Marriage
By Bishop Paul S. Loverde

Monday, October 6, 2014, marked the opening session of Synod on the Family in Rome, a gathering in which Catholic bishops, in communion with the pope, have come together to prayerfully discuss ways to strengthen families, to examine the challenges families face and to provide resources to protect them from cultural threats that weaken them.  In his opening homily to his brother bishops on Sunday, October 5, Pope Francis said, “The Lord asks us to take on ourselves the care of the family,...

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October 02, 2014
Each of us is a masterpiece of God’s creation
By Bishop James D. Conley

At Calvary, Jesus Christ hung upon the cross, suffering for the sin of the world.  He hung in agony suffering for our sins, yours and mine.  He suffered a death on the cross he had not merited; he innocently suffered torments he did not deserve.

Mary, his mother, and John his beloved disciple, and the holy women of Jerusalem stood on Calvary as Christ was put to death.  They stood in darkness, and rain, amid callous crowds and rough soldiers.  They stood together in a place of cruelty for...

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