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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
John C. Wester, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, discusses the Healthy Utah Plan at the State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.

Leaving Utah

"My first thought and feeling about leaving Utah is one of sadness, to be honest. I like it here very much. I’ve come to call it home. It’s been a wonderful place to live. I have many friends here. I love the church here. I love the relationship with the other churches here, with the civic leaders, the business leaders. It’s just been a wonderful experience." — May 28, 2015.

Debate on location of homeless services providers

"As long as we are authentically and genuinely and transparently keeping the lives of these people at heart, then, going forward, I think we’ll come up with a good solution." — May 28, 2015

The death penalty

"Only God can give and take life. By taking a life, in whatever form the death penalty is carried out, the state is usurping the role of God. Execution does violence to God’s time, eliminating the opportunity for God’s redemptive and forgiving grace to work in the life of a prisoner." — March 25, 2015

Federal inaction on immigration reform

"It is clear that Congress will not act on this issue unless a strong national consensus emerges, where the majority of Americans agree on a path forward and communicate that to their federal elected officials. … The only way that will happen is if the American people are educated on the issues and the realities of immigration, and that can only occur if the issue is right in front of them, being debated in their local communities." — Jan. 11, 2012, addressing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Salt Lake City

Huntington coal mine tragedy

"He did not abandon them. … (They are) liberated from their dark prison and enjoying the splendor, the freedom and the light of God's presence." — Sept. 10, 2007, speaking at a memorial service in Emery County commemorating the lives of nine men who died in the Crandall Canyon Mine cave-in and attempted rescue

Joys and sacrifices of the priesthood

"I just realized that I was very happy serving people, being with people and particularly bringing Christ to them and God’s peace and God’s compassion and God’s consolation and God’s presence. I realized it's a sacrifice. It's not going to be easy, and there may be moments of loneliness, especially as I get older, you know, I'm not going to have grandkids or whatever. … Instead of having four or five kids, I’ll have 5,000, depending on the size of the parish … now diocese.” — July 5, 2014

Utah Compact

"At best, when the states get involved in immigration reform it will do nothing and at worst it will make things a lot worse for our immigrants because it's a federal issue and that, of course, is the No. 1 point of the (Utah) Compact." — April 8, 2011