Bishops' Corner

June 02, 2015

Ireland’s Gay Marriage Vote: A Wake-up Call

By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

Media headlines throughout the world have been trumpeting Ireland’s recent acceptance of same-sex “marriage” as the coming of age of Catholics in today’s world. There are 19 other countries that have previously accepted the proposition that equality for gays and lesbians means redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. Among them are such traditionally Catholic countries as Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France, Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal and Uruguay. But, Ireland, which is 85 percent...

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Nebraska’s Catholic bishops were proud to support LB268, which definitively repealed our state’s death penalty. For months, we worked with senators from across the state to bring an end to the practice of capital punishment. The passage of LB268 strengthens Nebraska’s culture of life.My opposition to Nebraska’s death penalty is rooted in my respect for the fundamental dignity of every human life.Some Nebraskans argued last week that capital criminals surrender their dignity by...

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May 19, 2015

Same-Sex Unions: Uncertain Court vs Certain Pope

By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

For the last 10 years, polls have indicated a steady increase in support of same-sex unions. In fact, The Wall Street Journal recently reported a March-February 2015 poll showing that 59 percent of Americans now support same-sex “marriages.” This means that, within just the last decade, the number of Americans no longer inclined to limit the definition of marriage to a man and a woman has nearly doubled.In the same period of time, courts throughout the country have been handing down...

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May 07, 2015

Is the legal system ready for all the acrimony over matrimony?

By Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz

As president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, it is my personal responsibility and civic duty to speak for the common good, which I believe is served by preserving natural marriage protection through state laws.The question is whether the long-standing definition of marriage should be overturned. It is a far reaching question, but not merely because marriage is connected to more than a thousand laws or regulations, everything from the tax code to health benefits to...

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April 13, 2015

The death penalty is morally obsolete

By Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

In April, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case out of Oklahoma (Glossip v. Gross) that challenges the widely used lethal injection protocol in carrying out the death penalty.  This comes a year after the high profile flawed execution of convicted killer Clayton Lockett.  At that time, I called for a reexamination of the use of the death penalty in our state and a moratorium that might lead ultimately to its abolition.I want to reaffirm my opposition to the use of the death...

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April 09, 2015

From Cultural to Convicted Christian: Today’s Challenge

By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

When Pope Leo III placed a crown on the head of Charlemagne on Christmas day in 800 A.D., the Holy Roman Empire emerged as the first attempt to recreate a vast political entity espousing the Christian gospel. From an empty grave outside the walls of Jerusalem to the thrones of the monarchs of Europe, the Christian faith spread its influence over society. Christianity began as a persecuted religion with its adherents hidden in their homes. It gradually became the dominant influence on...

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March 25, 2015

Preach from the Rooftops: 'Evangelium Vitae' at Twenty

By Bishop James D. Conley

We cannot address the unraveling of our culture without addressing the consequences of contraception and abortion. We must rightly understand the relationships between love, truth, freedom, and justice.Last week, a young friend of mine attempted to defend the truth about marriage among a group of peers at a secular university. She presented a meaningful argument about families, social stability, and gender complementarity. None of her classmates refuted her arguments. Instead, they...

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March 23, 2015

It is time to end the death penalty

By Archbishop José H. Gomez

It is time for our country to put an end to the death penalty. There is a case pending right now in the U.S. Supreme Court that is looking at the practical problems with the way capital punishment is administered through lethal injections. The justices will hear arguments on the issue next month.The Supreme Court’s review comes at a time when many people are rethinking the issue of capital punishment. Eighteen states have now banned the death penalty and the numbers of executions and...

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March 10, 2015

So, your pastor is being transferred

By Bishop Thomas J. Tobin

So, you just learned that your pastor is being transferred. How do you react? For some Catholics, even regular church-going types, it doesn’t make a lot of difference. They don’t have a strong personal relationship with their pastor; their feelings about his performance are neutral; and they just presume that next week someone else will show up to say Mass.Some Catholics are thrilled when they learn that their pastor is moving on. They never really liked their priest to begin with;...

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February 16, 2015

The search for wisdom and Christ

By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

Benjamin Franklin holds the great distinction of being not only one of America’s founding fathers, but also one of her most cherished sons. He was statesman, writer, inventor and philosopher. In our age of increasing specialization, the breadth of his contributions staggers the mind. The Franklin stove, the lightning rod, swim fins, the glass armonica, the flexible catheter and bifocal glasses, to name a few.Franklin has also left behind a rich literary legacy. He wrote essays, books and...

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