BISHOP EDWARD J. BURNS

A Bishop's Perspective: The globalization of indifference

In recent years there has been a television news magazine entitled "What Would You Do?" It raises the question of how people respond to certain situations. Read more

A Bishop's Perspective: Suicide is never a solution

Alaska has the highest suicide rate in the United States, and suicide has had a particularly devastating impact on rural and village Alaska, where so many young people, most of whom are Alaska Native, take their lives each year. Read more

My Turn: The worst kind of domestic violence

As we observe once again the tragic anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout our country, it is important to... Read more

Every New Year brings new hopes

The beginning of 2015 affords us the opportunity to look back on the blessings of the past year and gear up for the challenges and hopes of the New Year. A couple of items quickly come to mind as I reflect on 2014. Read more

My Turn: Let us make room in our hearts

Among the many joyful customs associated with Christmas in our own country and around the world, I'm thinking this Christmas of Las Posadas. Read more

My Turn: Homeless again

This week's temporary closure of the Glory Hole emergency shelter and soup kitchen is a reminder of how precarious the lives of some of our friends, relatives and neighbors continue to be. Read more

A Bishop's Perspective: A time to say 'Gunalchéesh'

On Wednesday of this past week, I was walking home at the end of the workday and after attending to some errands downtown when I was stopped by a gentleman along Egan Highway just beyond the Hanger. Read more

My Turn: 'Death with dignity' cannot be self-inflicted

It was 11:30 p.m. and I had just finished watching the evening news before going to bed when the telephone rang. At that time, I was stationed at Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, Pennsylvania. Read more

A Bishop's Perspective: St. Terese, Alaska

This coming Wednesday, Oct. 1, is an important day for the Catholic Church in Alaska and for the Diocese of Juneau. On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, the saint who has been the patroness of our state and diocese since 1919. Read more

Defeating the violence and ideology of ISIS

The horrific videotaped beheadings last month of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff have become emblematic of the ruthless barbarism of the so-called Islamic State and its fighters and supporters. Read more

Reflecting on a just wage this Labor Day weekend

On a recent conference call with all the priests of the Diocese of Juneau, we were discussing the need to readjust the salaries of the priests depending on where in Southeast Alaska they are assigned due to the difference of food prices. Read more

My Turn: What we can do about violent religious persecution

Earlier this week, the Vatican called on Muslim leaders to speak out against the "barbaric" and "unspeakable criminal acts" of the Islamic State in Iraq. Read more

A Bishop's Perspective: Serving others builds a strong community

Looking at the Juneau Empire earlier this week, I was moved by the photograph of an 8-year old girl playing her violin downtown. Read more

A Bishop's Perspective: Seeking peace in a world of violence

From time to time, I notice the sound of the Alaska or Delta jetliners that fly overhead on their departure or arrival at our airport. Read more

A Bishop's Perspective: The cry of Christians in Iraq

This past June 15 was the first time in at least 1,600 years the Sunday Mass was not celebrated anywhere in Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq. Read more

A Bishop's Perspective: Immigration reform urgently needed

On the front page of Thursday’s New York Times was an article entitled “Border Centers Struggle to Handle Onslaught of Young Migrants”, which... Read more

Bishop's Perspective: The importance of fathers

As we prepare for Father's Day next Sunday, I recently read about the discovery of a kind of ancient "Father's Day card," a clay tablet almost 3,000 years old found in the ruins of the city of Babylon in present day Iraq. Read more

A Bishop's Perspective: The balance of work and rest

Now that Memorial Day weekend is upon us and we are approaching the month of June, many of us are either taking some time off or planning on doing so this summer. Read more

A Bishop's Perspective: Holding on to hope in the midst of sorrow

Like many of you, I was shocked and saddened to learn the tragic news of two Alaskan State Troopers killed in the line of duty on May 1. Such an event is reminiscent of the unfortunate deaths of the two police officers in Hoonah a couple of years ago. Read more

A Bishop's Perspective: The heart of a community

This weekend, Juneau is hosting the statewide conference of the Knights of Columbus, an international Catholic men's spiritual, fraternal and charitable service organization. Read more

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