Archive for June, 2013

On the Nature of Marriage

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The Washington Post published an op ed I wrote regarding the recent Supreme Court decisions. Here is an excerpt: Marriage goes to the nature of the human person. Even if individual men and women are unable to have children for some reason, still it is the nature of man and woman to complement each other […] [Read more]

The Great Apostles: Saints Peter and Paul

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

When Jesus was arrested and delivered up to death, most of his followers scattered and Peter denied even knowing him.  The story of the Church should have ended then, with Jesus being placed in the tomb.  But it was only the beginning.  Filled with the power of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, Peter then went […] [Read more]

Statement of the Archdiocese of Washington in Response to the Finalization of the HHS Mandate

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Today the Archdiocese of Washington released the following statement regarding the final rule on the HHS mandate. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2013 CONTACT: Chieko Noguchi, 301-853-4516 [email protected] After almost two years and over 400,000 public comments, the government today finalized the HHS mandate.  We have begun to review the 110-page final rule to determine […] [Read more]

Sharing the Faith

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

For the first disciples who encountered the Lord, their lives were never the same. This is also true for us as Jesus’ disciples today. As agents of the New Evangelization, we are called to renew and deepen our faith, grow in confidence in its truth, and share it with others in ways that are urgent, […] [Read more]

Fortnight for Freedom

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Today marks the beginning of a special confluence of our civil and liturgical calendars, a time to prayerfully reflect on and celebrate our religious freedom as Americans and as Catholics.  The second annual Fortnight for Freedom begins today and concludes on July 4, two weeks during which our Catholic liturgical calendar celebrates great martyrs who […] [Read more]

Growing in Confidence in the Truth of the Faith

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Our Church of Washington has been engaged for some time now in reflection on the New Evangelization. We are exploring how clergy and laity can discover fresh resources, open original avenues and summon new strength to advance the Good News of the Lord. One challenge some of us have encountered at one time or another […] [Read more]

The Family as Foundation

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Today, I had the privilege and the pleasure to welcome more than 600 couples to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to celebrate their jubilees of twenty-five years or more.  I invited them to renew their wedding vows as a sign and testimony to enduring married love. As these couples celebrate with family and […] [Read more]

Ordination of Our New Priests

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

The road to the priesthood for the six new priests of the Archdiocese of Washington ordained today wound through different places but began at the same spot, as each one opened his heart to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and followed God’s call to serve as a priest for Christ and his Church. At […] [Read more]

Saint Anthony: Lost and Found

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

“Dear Saint Anthony, come around, something is lost and can’t be found…” Over the centuries, Saint Anthony of Padua, whose feast day we observe today, has remained one of the most popular saints for Catholics around the world.  By popular custom, he is the “go-to” saint for lost items.  One can almost picture him at […] [Read more]

Knowing Our Catholic Faith

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

We are now midway through the Year of Faith, which was designated so that we might revitalize our belief in the saving message of Jesus and his Church.  Many people have accepted this invitation, recognizing that they have forgotten certain aspects of the faith or, because of inadequate catechesis or cultural influences, never really learned […] [Read more]