Archive for August, 2012

Update on the HHS Mandate

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Earlier this year, the Archdiocese of Washington filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of Health and Human Services’ unprecedented mandate that dramatically redefines religious ministry and requires religious organizations to provide health insurance coverage for drugs and procedures in direct conflict with their religious beliefs. The HHS mandate includes a very narrow exemption for “religious [...] [Read more]

Plans for an Archdiocesan Synod

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

In 2014 the Archdiocese of Washington will celebrate its 75th anniversary.  This jubilee provides us an opportunity to rejoice in the past accomplishments of the Church of Washington and also to look forward as we plan for the future.  It seems appropriate to mark this historic moment in the life of our local Church with [...] [Read more]

A Feast Day for Mothers, And One for Sons

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Although we celebrate Mother’s Day each May, the Catholic Church’s calendar gives us the opportunity to celebrate a special day for mothers in late August, followed by one for sons, with the Aug. 27 feast day for Saint Monica followed the next day by a feast day for her son, Saint Augustine. The story of [...] [Read more]

‘A Good Man’ of Great Faith

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Just the other day I was looking for a quote that I recalled was in Mark Shriver’s book on his dad, A Good Man:  Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver.  I ended up re-reading again most of his touching reflection on a remarkable person – a good man.  What comes through the book is both Mark’s [...] [Read more]

Religious Liberty and Intolerance

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Over the summer, the Catholic Church in America has been reflecting on the priceless gift of religious liberty and the protection of conscience.  In a statement, my brother bishops and I wrote that “we are sadly aware that religious liberty in many parts of the world is in much greater peril. Our obligation at home [...] [Read more]

A Gift that Keeps on Giving

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

One of the joys of summer is finding time to sit outdoors in the cool of the early morning or late evening. For many of us, vacation always includes a walk along a beach or around a lake or through the woods. One reason we love these walks is that we feel like we have [...] [Read more]