Bishops Statements

A Call to Solidarity with Africa: A Statement by the U.S. Catholic Bishops

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Africa is a continent of hope and concern, filled with great potential yet tremendous sorrow wrought from years of conflict, poverty, and disease. Heeding the growing cries for help, this statement of the bishops calls on the Catholic community in the United States to stand in solidarity with the Church and the peoples of Africa, to support its courageous commitment to peace, to contribute its diverse talents to the cause of justice.

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Acogiendo al forastero entre nosotros: Unidad en la diversidad: Unity in Diversity

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Creado tanto para ministros ordenados como laicos en el nivel diocesano y parroquial, este nuevo documento de los Obispos de Estados Unidos nos desafía a prepararnos para recibir a los forasteros con un genuino espíritu de bienvenida, que les provea un puente para realizar el cruce de una cultura a otra. Un excelente recurso para comités de comunicaciones y de educación religiosa, seminarios, superintendentes escolares y todos los que deseen ayudar a promover la unidad en la diversidad.

Designed for both ordained and lay ministers at the diocesan and parish levels, this document challenges us to prepare to receive newcomers with a genuine spirit of welcome that provides a bridge for them to cross from one culture into another. Sidebars interspersed throughout the text provide examples of successful programs throughout this country. A wonderful resource for communications and religious education committees, seminaries, and school superintendents.

Product Code: 5-848 
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Asian and Pacific Presence: Harmony in Faith: Harmony in Faith

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The Church in the United States is a church of many races and cultures. And as this moving pastoral statement presents, the rapidly growing Asian and Pacific American communities have helped the Church shine as a sacrament of unity and universality. The work celebrates their contributions, reflects on their particular pastoral needs, and suggests helpful approaches for all to build toward a common future.

Product Code: 5-449 
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Bible, The Jews, and the Death of Jesus

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Culled from nearly forty years of Catholic writings, this thoughtful collection makes clear the Church's position on the events and ethnicities surrounding the Passion and Death of Christ-and its reproval of hatred and persecution of any form.

Product Code: 5-618 
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978-1-57455-618-6
Pages: 112
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Built of Living Stones (paperback edition): Art, Architecture, and Worship

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In every church building, art and architecture become the joint work of the Holy Spirit and the local community, in preparing a place to receive God's Word and to enter more fully into communion with him. In this volume, the bishops offer instruction on how to design places of worship that are dignified, beautiful, and "suited to sacred celebrations

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978-1-57455-408-3

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Called & Gifted for the Third Millennium

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In these reflections, the bishops examine the four "calls" that impel the laity-the calls to holiness, to community, to mission and ministry, and to Christian maturity-in light of Church teaching, pastoral practice, and the changing conditions in the world. Included are questions for individual and group reflection

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Cambio climático global: Llamado al diálogo, la prudencia y el bien común

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Los Obispos Católicos de EE.UU. afrontan su responsabilidad como pastores, preceptores y ciudadanos de contribuir al diálogo nacional sobre las implicancias étnicas del cambio climático. En esta declaración, los obispos buscan ofrecer una perspectiva distintivamente religiosa y moral a lo que es necesariamente una complicada discusión científica, económica, moral y política. Los obispos creen que la respuesta al cambio climático global debe ser un signo de su respeto por la creación de Dios.

At its core, global climate change is not about economic policy or political theory. It is about the future of God's creation, about our stewardship of the "earth that is the Lord's" and our responsibility to those who come after. In this statement, the bishops open a new avenue of dialogue in the sometimes convoluted discussions about global warming, offering a distinctively religious and moral perspective on the need for environmental protection as a sign of respect for God's creation.

Product Code: 5-855 
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978-1-57455-855-5

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Catholic Mission and Culture in Colleges and Universities

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Today's society often asks the question of "What is a Catholic University?" The Church has always provided guidance in answering these kinds of questions and supported the continued responsibility that Catholic colleges and universities have in contributing to society through the influence and training of the Christian mind.

This compilation of conciliar and canonical, papal, curial, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops'(USCCB) document(s), is a key guiding document provided by the magisterium of the church (the teaching office of the holy father) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for the community of catholic colleges and universities in the United States.

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978-1-60137-464-6

Pages: 254

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Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry

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Co-workers in the Vineyard of the Lord offers pastoral and theological reflections on the reality of lay ecclesial ministry, affirmation of those who serve in this way, and a synthesis of best thinking and practice. It is a resource for diocesan bishops and for all who are responsible for guiding the development of lay ecclesial ministry in the United States

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Colaboradores en la Vina del Senor: Un recurso para guiar el desarrollo del ministerio eclesial laico

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Co-workers in the Vineyard of the Lord offers pastoral and theological reflections on the reality of lay ecclesial ministry, affirmation of those who serve in this way, and a synthesis of best thinking and practice. It is a resource for diocesan bishops and for all who are responsible for guiding the development of lay ecclesial ministry in the United States.

Product Code: 7-811 
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Concluding Document--Aparecida

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The Concluding document of the Fifth Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean represents the reflection of the bishops and their call to the people of the continent to live the faith as missionary disciples. Building on John Paul II's encyclical Ecclesia in America and other Church documents, the bishops of Latin America call all disciples in Christ to a "continental mission" and a New Evangelization that reaches urban and rural areas as well as all aspects of political, ethnic, cultural, economic, and social life.

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Directorio Nacional para la Catequesis

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Jesús ordenó a sus seguidores que marcharan a proclamar el Evangelio, y pusieran a otros en comunión con Dios. Respondiendo a ese llamado, los líderes de la catequesis y la educación encuentran inspiración en el Directorio nacional para la catequesis.

Este documento tan esperado, que acompaña al Directorio general para la catequesis, se basa en los temas centrales del DGC (como la relación de la catequesis con la evangelización y el culto), sirve como punto de referencia para formar catequistas y desarrollar recursos, y suministra herramientas prácticas para impartir correctamente la catequesis.

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Doctrinal Responsibilities

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El Ministerio Laico de la Iglesia: El Estado de las Interrogantes

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Esta nueva publicación es de lectura obligada para todos los ministros eclesiales activos y para quienes están preparándose para tal ministerio. Con un resumen del proyecto "Liderazgo para el ministerio eclesial laico", el Subcomité del Ministerio Laico invita a los Obispos de EE.UU. a determinar la actividad futura a fin de atender la necesidad de liderazgo a nivel nacional y prestar asistencia práctica a nivel local. El amplio informe ofrece conclusiones e información básica sobre las siguientes áreas: 1) el término ministerio eclesial laico, 2) hacia una teología del ministerio eclesial laico, 3) preparación de ministros eclesiales laicos, 4) la relación entre los ministros eclesiales laicos y los ministros ordenados, 5) cuestiones de recursos financieros y humanos y 6) temas multiculturales.

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For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food to Eat: Catholic Reflections on Food, Farmers, and Farmworkers

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In these thoughtful reflections, the bishops illuminate the pressing issue of food and agriculture in the world today, bringing greater understanding to the political costs of the shrinking farm, the social costs of global hunger, and the ecological costs of unchecked land practices-and how these issues are connected to the Catholic faith. The work offers a moral framework for agricultural issues today, and suggests an action agenda for all to follow, based on Catholic social teachings, placing the life and dignity of the human person at the center of discussions on agriculture. 

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Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics

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Stresses the need to work earnestly to bring about a true renewal in our public life and institutions.

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Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan

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Since the beginning of the world, marriage and blessing have been inseparable. The blessing of marriage survived unharmed from our break with you through original sin. Jesus not only restored, but elevated the blessing of marriage to a sacrament.

As a sign of Christ's living presence in the world, marriage is special blessing to our communities. This statement recaptures and further explores the blessing of marriage as a public commitment between a man and woman. It emphasizes the unitive and procreative aspects of marriage, the relationship between the two aspects, and the sacramental nature of marriage. There is also a deep and thorough discussion of the contemporary challenges to marriage in today's world and how the Church addresses those challenges.

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National Directory for Catechesis

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After years of collaboration, study, and writing, The National Directory for Catechesis is now available. A companion to the General Directory for Catechesis(GDC), the National Directory for Catechesis builds on some of the core themes of the GDC, like catechesis's relationship to evangelization and worship, and provides practical tools for doing catechesis well. This is a "must-have" for anyone in catechesis or Catholic education-teachers, principals, directors, and coordinators of religious education and youth ministry, catechists, and students in the field.


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Porque tuve hambre y ustedes me dieron de comer: Catholic Reflections on Food, Farmers, and Farmworkers

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En estas profundas reflexiones, los obispos iluminan la apremiante cuestión de los alimentos y la agricultura en el mundo de hoy, aportando una mayor comprensión de los costos políticos de la reducción de las granjas, los costos sociales del hambre mundial y los costos ecológicos de las prácticas descontroladas sobre la tierra, y cómo estas cuestiones están conectadas con la fe católica. El documento ofrece un marco moral para las cuestiones agrícolas de hoy, y sugiere una agenda de acción para todos, basada en la enseñanza social católica, poniendo la vida y dignidad de la persona humana en el centro de las discusiones sobre la agricultura.

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Prácticas devocionales populares: Basic Questions and Answers

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Las prácticas devocionales populares desempeñan un rol crucial en ayudar a fomentar la "oración sin tregua", como enseñó el Apóstol. En este folleto, los obispos responden a preguntas comunes sobre las prácticas devocionales populares y su función adecuada en la vida de la Iglesia. Una guía esencial para quienes buscan hacer uso de prácticas devocionales sólidas, que ayuden a experimentar a Dios en su vida cotidiana.

 

Popular devotional practices play a crucial role in helping to foster the "ceaseless praying" as taught by the apostle. In this booklet, the bishops respond to common questions about popular devotional practices and their proper function in the life of the Church. An essential guide for those seeking to make use of sound devotional practices, to help experience God in their everyday lives

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Responsabilidad, rehabilitación y restitución

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En respuesta a las amenazas a la vida cotidiana causadas por el delito y el temor al delito, los Obispos de EE.UU. hacen frente al tema del delito y sus correctivos, la justicia y la misericordia, la responsabilidad y el tratamiento. Reconociendo que la dignidad de la persona humana se aplica tanto a la víctima como al agresor, los obispos usan fundamentos bíblicos, la herencia sacramental e histórica, la enseñanza social católica y fundamentos y orientaciones de política para promover mayor diálogo y acción. Relatos de personas cercanas a este tema complementan el mensaje de los obispos enfatizando la necesidad de trabajar juntos por mejores soluciones que enseñen a distinguir el bien del mal, respeto por la vida, perdón y misericordia. Estamos convencidos de que nuestra tradición y nuestra fe ofrecen mejores alternativas que puedan hacer a los transgresores responsables de sus actos y desafiarlos a cambiar sus vidas; extender la mano a las víctimas y rechazar la venganza; restituir un sentido de comunidad y resistir a la violencia que ha absorbido tanto de nuestra cultura.

Crime and the fear of crime touch many lives in America and polarize communities. How we respond to crime is a challenge for our Church-and a moral test for our nation. In this timely work, the bishops open a new dialogue on crime and justice in the United States. Building on scriptural foundation, Catholic social teaching, and stories from the frontlines, the bishops emphasize the need for solutions that teach right from wrong, respect for life, forgiveness,s and mercy.

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Sigan el camino del amor: A Pastoral Message of the U.S. Catholic Bishops to Families

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Un mensaje alentador dirigido a familias que trata sobre las realidades de la sociedad de hoy. Está escrito en forma sencilla, fácil de leer, ofreciendo apoyo y pidiendo mutualidad en el matrimonio. Enfoca los desafíos de vivir sus vidas con fidelidad, el dar vida, el crecer juntos y el tomar tiempo para balancear el trabajo y las obligaciones familiares.

The story of family life is the story of love-shared, nurtured, sometimes rejected or lost. And in this uplifting message, the bishops offer families everywhere an inspiring reflection on love: how it is experienced in a family, how it is challenged by the pressures of modern society, how it grows, how it is supported by the whole Church. Included discussion questions make it ideal for use in marriage or family enrichment programs or parish retreats.

Product Code: 676-X 
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Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship

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One of God's greatest gifts to us, his creation, was the gift of song. In words and music, our ancestors in faith-Moses, David, Deborah, Paul, St. Gregory-have taught us how to revel in God's infinite love, proclaim His glory, give thanks for His abounding generosity, and plead for mercy and forgiveness. Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship recalls this vast, rich musical tradition as it provides basic guidelines for understanding the role and ministry of music in the liturgy.

Standing on the foundational work of the Council fathers, Sing to the Lord echoes the call to full, active, and conscious participation in the Liturgy through its sung elements. It addresses the practical concerns of pastoral leaders-appropriate ministers, cultural diversity, instrumentation, formation, acoustics, and copyrights. It also outlines considerations for preparing and judging music for worship with an in-depth review of the musical structure of Liturgy.

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evaluate your parish's current musical repertoire

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  • prepare particular sacramental liturgies
  • train parish music ministers
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Sons and Daughters of the Light (revised edition): A Pastoral Plan for Young Adult Ministry

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In this comprehensive plan, the bishops offer an effective guide for helping young adults discover the answers to life's most profound questions through a personal relationship with Jesus and the Church.

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