Bishops' Corner

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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September 18, 2014
First Beatification in U.S.: New Jersey’s first Blessed
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

October 4, 2014 marks an historic moment in the life of the Catholic Church in the United States.  For the first time ever, the Rite of Beatification will take place on American soil.  In this ceremony, the Church officially recognizes the heroic sanctity of someone who has died and allows the faithful to honor this person with devotion on a local level and to pray to this person for their needs.

In 1945, the Holy See authorized Bishop McLaughlin, the first Bishop of Paterson, to begin...

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September 16, 2014
Divorced and remarried Catholics – We’ve got to do something!
By Bishop Thomas J. Tobin

In October a number of bishops from around the world will meet with Pope Francis in Rome to discuss the “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” A similar meeting in October of 2015 will follow-up on the same topic.

Although the discussion of the pastoral care of the family will be very comprehensive, and probably won’t produce any immediate change in Church law, a lot of the speculation is fixed on whether or not the Church will alter its approach to...

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September 11, 2014
A tale of two churches
By Cardinal Francis George

Once upon a time there was a church founded on God’s entering into human history in order to give humanity a path to eternal life and happiness with him. The Savior that God sent, his only-begotten Son, did not write a book but founded a community, a church, upon the witness and ministry of twelve apostles. He sent this church the gift of the Holy Spirit, the spirit of love between Father and Son, the Spirit of the truth that God had revealed about himself and humanity by breaking...

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September 11, 2014
September 11 and the battle for our hearts
By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

“You will know them by their fruits,” Jesus told the crowd listening to him on the mountain top. This week, as we remember those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, I want to examine the fruits born from the choice in our hearts between hatred and love, so that it’s clear what is at stake.

God did not intend for death to be a part of creation, but it entered the world with the disobedience of Adam and Eve. Soon thereafter, Cain killed his brother when God chose Abel’s sacrifice over...

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September 04, 2014
Atrocities in the Middle East: the killing of Christians
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

The jihadists’ video of the savage beheading of American freelance journalist James Foley on Aug. 19 has lifted the heavy pall of silence surrounding the brutalities of our day. With increasing horror, there is now being brought to light the systematic elimination of Christians taking place from North Africa to Syria and Iraq. In parts of the world where Christianity predates the rise of the Muslim faith by centuries, at least one million Christians have either been killed or have...

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August 26, 2014
The Ice Bucket Challenge’s ethical surprise
By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

From Conan O’Brien to little kids inspired to help those in need, people across the country have taken up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the past few weeks. The campaign has achieved astronomical success, raising $53.3 million for efforts to find a cure to Lou Gehrig’s disease. In the Archdiocese of Denver, the superintendent of Catholic schools has taken the challenge and nominated several principals for it, but with one crucial difference. (See photo in the Denver Catholic...

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July 15, 2014
Hobby Lobby decision is also a mandate
By Bishop James D. Conley

On June 28th, 1776, the first draft of our nation’s Declaration of Independence was introduced to the general session of the Second Continental Congress.  The 28th was a Friday, and so the founding fathers tabled the draft until the following Monday, July 1st, when they took it up again for debate.  A resolution for independence was approved on July 2nd and, on July 4th, the text of the Declaration of Independence was approved.

Sunday, June 30th, 1776, was an important day in our...

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June 26, 2014
Megiddo: A New Archaeological Find and True Christian Identity
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

One of the ancient world’s most important cities was Megiddo, dating from at least the 5th century B.C. Its location on a hill overlooking the Valley of Jezreel in modern day Israel gave it strategic importance in history. In former days, it controlled the passage between two military and trade routes. One connected Egypt to the lands of modern day Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria. The other connected Jerusalem to modern day Lebanon that opened the way by sea, in ancient times, to Italy...

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