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Recent Bishop Columns

We are not just anti-abortion; we are pro-life

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 24, 2023   

Three weeks ago, on the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, Jesus was first revealed as the savior of all nations. Three men were led by a star to the baby whom God had sent to save not only Jews but foreigners as well. But you know, we continue to be... More 

The Church has failed to live up to ideal of inclusion

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 17, 2023   

The greatest unresolved tension the framers of our Constitution tried to finesse was how to reconcile the truth that "all men are created equal" proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence with the highly unequal reality on the ground, which... More 

Jan. 1 Mass has different purposes in the Church

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 10, 2023   

On Jan. 1 the secular calendar and the religious calendar meet. The secular world rightly regards Jan. 1 to be a good day to look back over the past year to learn whatever lessons it can teach us and then to turn our attention forward to the year that... More 

Truths about sexuality must be taught with compassion

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 14, 2022   

Life is a journey with various stages of development, the most difficult and most exciting of which is adolescence. And today we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary who as a teenager will commit herself to doing God’s will in... More 

Jesus will purify, mold us into what he intends

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: December 7, 2022   

When I was in high school, I worked in the press room of the Ponca City News, which at the time still used linotype machines. My job was to gather up all the used lead each day, melt it down in a huge cauldron, burn off the matting that had adhered to... More 

Jesus knew Zacchaeus’ sin and accepted him

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 30, 2022   

You and I know the names of those who are important to us, whether we know them personally or not. We know the names of our pope and famous American politicians because our Catholic faith and the future of our country matter to us.  We don’t... More 

Our story should be inclusive, humble, grateful

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 28, 2022   

Four hundred years ago the Pilgrims who landed on Plymouth Rock, after losing some of their number on the ship to the New World and before losing many more of their members to the cold of their first winter in America, took a pause in their struggle for... More 

Courageous believers who persevere will prevail

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 18, 2022   

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed by big problems? Your son takes up with a woman who is nothing but trouble. Your troublesome in-laws are coming to visit for three months. Your husband has begun coming home late from work, and you’re suspicious.... More 

In heaven, marriage as we think of it doesn’t exist

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 9, 2022   

Most knowledge comes to us by comparison to something we already know. For example, rattlesnake tastes like chicken, so if you've ever had chicken, you know how good rattlesnake will taste.  In a similar way, the Bible uses comparisons to... More 

Downward mobility leads to path of happiness

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: November 3, 2022   

All of us have climbed ladders and we know by personal experience that it is easier to go up a ladder than come down one.  Going up you can see where you're going and the main challenge is to get from the ladder onto the roof without losing... More