Archive for June, 2015

The Visit of Pope Francis: A Time of Grace and Spiritual Renewal in Our Nation’s Capital

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Earlier today, the announcement from the Holy See confirmed and offered details concerning the schedule for Pope Francis’ apostolic journey to the United States in September. It is a joy to share this information with you. Our Holy Father will begin his first visit to this country as Chief Shepherd of the Church Universal here […] [Read more]

The Implications of the Supreme Court’s Ruling on “Same-Sex” Marriage

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a ruling that in effect redefines the civil definition of marriage nationwide. It has decided that every state must recognize “same-sex marriage” as a constitutional right. The law of the land affirms that “marriage” in civil law may now include two persons of the same sex. While this is […] [Read more]

The Outpouring of the Spirit Upon Our Newly Ordained Priests

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Each year with eagerness, we await the celebration of the sacrament of Holy Orders in this archdiocese. On June 13, we celebrated the ordination of five men to the transitional diaconate. Last Saturday, June 20, our family of faith rejoiced with the ordination of nine new priests of our local Church. In addition, next Saturday […] [Read more]

Saints John Fisher and Thomas More: Witnesses in Defense of Marriage and the Church

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

A famous telling of the story of Saint Thomas More is entitled “A Man for All Seasons.” Certainly this patron of statesmen, together with his contemporary Saint John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, is a man for our time as we confront challenges quite similar to those presented to these two inspirational martyrs, whose joint feast […] [Read more]

Father’s Day

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

This Father’s Day, I would like to share some reflections that Pope Francis offered on family and fatherhood during his Wednesday general audiences. Our Holy Father’s words from the heart are words that today’s fathers can take to heart as they live out their vocation as fathers amid the demands and distractions of their everyday […] [Read more]

Caring for God’s Gift of Creation

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Any of us who have read a newspaper over the last decade know scientists, environmentalists, and politicians have been concerned about the world’s ecological balance. Environmental concerns are both local and world-wide, including the health of our rivers and streams and the impact of climate change. What many people do not know is that along […] [Read more]

Adding a Needed Voice to the Conversation on Ecology

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Some of the clearest expressions of the Christian commitment come from the mouths of children. During a visit to one of our Catholic schools, a young student gave me one of the small packages of candy that had been used in class to teach some rather intricate mathematical principles. As I thanked him I told […] [Read more]

Remarks at the National Press Club

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Laudato Si: Encyclical on the Environment Press Conference National Press Club June 18, 2015 Accompanying the embargoed copy of his encyclical letter, Laudato Si (Praised Be You), was Pope Francis’ hand-written note to the bishops. Typical of his pastoral style, the message was a short but warm reference to our bond of unity, charity and […] [Read more]

The 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta Declaring the Freedom of the Church

Monday, June 15th, 2015

From the beginning, the founders and people of our nation recognized our equality and liberty, and that they are bestowed on us by God, not by government. The importance of religion was so engrained in the American experience that for much of our history, freedom of the Church and religious liberties tended to be taken […] [Read more]

Summer Reading with Pope Francis

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Many of us look forward to the summer as a time to catch up on our reading. There is always a stack of books and articles on my table, ranging from spiritual works to history to fiction, but one author is always on my reading list – the Pope. Reading the words of Pope Francis […] [Read more]