Bishops' Corner

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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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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