Archive for March, 2016

Oral Arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Legal Challenge to the HHS Mandate

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

On Wednesday next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the legal challenge to the HHS Mandate brought by the Archdiocese of Washington, its affiliated entities, and many other religious employers from around the country, including most prominently the Little Sisters of the Poor. Because next week is Holy Week, I would […] [Read more]

The Gift of Mother Teresa

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

It was a joy this morning to wake up to the news from Rome that the Mass for the Canonization of Mother Teresa has been set for September 4, 2016. The Church and the whole world have long given praise to God for the gift of this little woman who did monumental things in being […] [Read more]

Third Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Three years ago tomorrow, Pope Francis first stepped onto the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica. What unfolded next provided an unforgettable memory for the 100,000 people gathered in the square below, for the millions around the world who watched on television, and for us cardinals who had just participated in the conclave that elected the […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday Blog Post – The Gift of Love

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Standing before the altar, the man and woman gazed into each other’s eyes as each of them made this solemn promise and vow: “I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.” Shortly before, their respective parents had said to them with tears in their eyes, “I love you,” just as […] [Read more]

The Identity of Catholic Universities

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Throughout the history of the Church, including today amidst persecution in the Middle East, we have had those inspiring witnesses who stand fast in the faith and resolutely proclaim, “I am Christian,” even knowing that they will be condemned. It is no less important for the institutions of the Church such as universities and social […] [Read more]

The Inspiration of Saints Perpetua and Felicity

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Martyrdom has been and remains an ongoing story for those who follow Jesus Christ. For proof, we need look no farther than today’s feast day for Saints Perpetua and Felicity and today’s headlines about the massacre of Missionaries of Charity at a home for the elderly in Yemen and other acts of violence against Christians […] [Read more]

Making Moral Choices

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Every waking hour of our lives, we are constantly making decisions about what we do. As Christians, we recognize that as we do, there is a natural moral order, that there is such a thing as right and wrong in what we do or fail to do. We know that we ought to do what […] [Read more]

A Voice Proclaiming the Truth of Human Sexuality

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Today more and more young people are reported to be engaged in sexual activity at an ever younger age. Increasing numbers also report that they have been sexually abused. The data presents a very alarming picture. But is there not something much more radical at the core of these statistics than what the media reports […] [Read more]

Truth and Biotechnology

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Earlier this year, in a speech to a group of bioethicists, Pope Francis warned against the dangers of biological and medical technologies being used in ways that offend human dignity. Our Holy Father recognizes that while technology can provide us the ability to do many wonderful things and in many cases has improved the quality […] [Read more]