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Recent Bishop Columns

Elections are frustrating, but we must vote

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 21, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Oct. 18. In today's Gospel, Jesus' adversaries are trying to get him in trouble, but he refuses to take their bait. Many people hated the Roman occupation of their country and so refused to pay... More 

Jesus doesn’t demand perfection but integrity

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 15, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Oct. 11. It is very disconcerting to discover that things are not as they appear. The beautiful looking orange that is all dried up inside. The car that had been ranked highly by Consumer Reports that... More 

Yesterday's sinner is tomorrow's saint

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 7, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Sept. 27. Most novels are divided into chapters. The early chapters introduce the characters and subsequent chapters take us through the twists and turns of the plot -- some of which may be quite unexpected,... More 

Using international assets makes sense

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: October 2, 2020   

Nine months after COVID-19 was identified and began to cause tragic and unnecessary illness and death, the pandemic continues to cause misery all over the world. As with so many other humanitarian catastrophes, the already-impoverished are most likely... More 

Just Peace: World conflicts need to be resolved nonviolently

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: September 23, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor wrote this column in observance of the United Nations International Day of Nonviolence Oct. 2 Since the time of St. Augustine, the Catholic Church has used the Just War theory to help discern when and how force might be applied... More 

Why should I forgive someone anyway?

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: September 18, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Sept. 13. In order to get the right answers about life, it is necessary to ask the right questions. A lot of people get the right answer to the wrong questions and end up wondering where and why they missed... More 

Ambition greatest violation priests can make

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: September 11, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Aug. 14 for the diaconate ordination of Brian Cundall and Ben Riley. Many people imagine celibacy must be the hardest thing about being a priest and the biggest sacrifice that Brian and Ben will be making... More 

‘Priest’ is who we are, not just what we do

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: August 26, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily for the Chrism Mass Aug. 10. Of all the Masses celebrated throughout the year, this Chrism Mass and the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday are the two liturgies most intimately connected... More 

Priests must first be men of truth and prayer

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: August 19, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Aug. 15 at Christ the King Church in Little Rock. Many things were running through my mind as I sat down to compose this homily for Daniel and Joseph’s ordination.  I thought of Betty Friend... More 

Hear voice of God in the tiny whispers for peace

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: August 14, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Aug. 9 for the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On Aug. 6 we had the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Aug. 9 the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, the... More