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Statement from U.S. Bishops on Supreme Court marriage decisions Print
National-World News
Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court decisions June 26 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California's Proposition 8 mark a "tragic day for marriage and our nation," said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

The statement follows.

"Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so. The preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws, federal and state, respect the truth, including the truth about marriage.

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Pride meets humility in the quiet of the desert Print
From the Diocesan Administrator
Written by Msgr. James Bartylla, Diocesan Administrator   
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

On the First Sunday of Lent, in all three liturgical years of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, we’re confronted with the account of Our Lord’s temptation in the desert by the devil.

This is a beautiful text, because in a way the history of the world was played out in a quiet desert, away from the busy cities, between God-made-man and the fallen angel.

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Restored Mazzuchelli rectory open for visitors Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Jun. 25, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

BENTON -- The Benton home of Venerable Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP, from 1852 to 1864 is open for visitors every Sunday from now through mid-October from 2 to 4 p.m.

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God has entrusted remarkable powers to us Print
Bishop Hying's Column
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying   
Thursday, Apr. 30, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

During this challenging pandemic experience, I have been meditating lately on power and the lack of it, the fear of vulnerability and dependence, the need to surrender control and accept what is beyond one's ability to change.

Since the definition of power is "the capacity to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events," we have probably all felt an ebbing of power and influence in our lives. The social restrictions, the loss of health or employment, the cancellation of activities and events have all thrust us into this opaque existence of limitation and diminishment.

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At first Angelus, Pope Francis says God never tires of forgiving Print
National-World News
Written by Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service   
Monday, Mar. 18, 2013 -- 9:05 AM

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Citing a distinguished German theologian and an anonymous elderly penitent from Argentina, Pope Francis told an overflow crowd in St. Peter's Square never to despair of God's mercy to sinners.

"The Lord never tires of forgiving," the pope said March 17, before leading his listeners in praying the midday Angelus. "It is we who tire of asking for forgiveness."

Pope Francis, who was elected March 13, spoke from his window in the Apostolic Palace for the first time. Despite gray skies, a crowd easily numbering 150,000 turned out to see the pope for his first scheduled appearance in St. Peter's Square since the night of his election.

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