Archive for April, 2016

Knowing the Authentic Teaching of the Church

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

The Synod of Bishops on the Family, like the preceding Synod on the New Evangelization, universally recognized that many people either do not know or do not fully understand what the Church teaches. As a result, they are impoverished and they journey through life in darkness or twilight, without the light that shows the way. […] [Read more]

Communion in Service to Jesus Christ and His Church

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

As Catholics, we live not simply as individuals, but also in the unity of the Body of Christ that is the Church, which is meant to be a reflection of the communion of persons in the Holy Trinity. “As it is, there are many parts, yet one body,” teaches Saint Paul. “For in one Spirit […] [Read more]

University Mass for Life Homily

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Epiphany Catholic Church Washington, D.C. April 21, 2016 As I begin these reflections, I want to thank Father Adam Park, Pastor of this Parish and also Chaplain to the Catholic faculty and students at George Washington University, for arranging this opportunity to celebrate the University Mass for Life in which we give thanks to God […] [Read more]

The Pastoral Implications of Amoris Laetitia

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

In previous reflections we have touched on a brief overview of the content of Amoris Laetitia, how it reflects the consensus of the bishops of both the 2014 and 2015 Synods and the continuity of its message with the teaching of the Church. Now, I would like to look at the contribution of Amoris Laetitia […] [Read more]

The Magisterial Continuity of Amoris Laetitia

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis does more than just present the teaching of the Church on marriage, which he does so beautifully. He also calls for pastoral reflection and action. His starting point, and one we need to appreciate as we receive this Magisterial document in the Year of Mercy, is the fact that this […] [Read more]

Keeping the Faith on Campus

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

As Archbishop, I am blessed to make pastoral visits and celebrate the Eucharist at our parishes and Catholic schools, and also see firsthand the impact of our other institutions that reflect Christ’s love to this community through our charitable, health care and educational outreach. Today I will be visiting the Catholic Student Center at the […] [Read more]

Jesus and the Father are One

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Beginning with the Easter Vigil and at every celebration of baptism, the Church has a liturgical tradition of asking us to renew our baptismal promises. We pray in the form of a call and response. The priest asks, “Do you renounce Satan?” The congregation then responds, “I do.” A number of other questions follow and […] [Read more]

The Fruitful Witness of the Family of Pope Benedict XVI

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Eighty-nine years ago tomorrow, in the early morning of Holy Saturday 1927, Joseph Ratzinger was born in a small town in Bavaria, Germany.  That same day, he was reborn in Jesus Christ – the first baby baptized in the newly-blessed waters of Easter.  “I have always been filled with thanksgiving for having had my life […] [Read more]

Child Protection is Everyone’s Responsibility

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. During this month, government agencies, community groups, and churches are encouraged to work together to share child-abuse and neglect prevention strategies and promote the well-being of children and families. The responsibility of caring for and protecting children to ensure that they are in safe environments at home, at […] [Read more]

The Witness of Love

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

“Do you love me?” It was just a few weeks ago on Good Friday that we heard Peter’s three-time denial of Jesus while the Lord was being condemned to death. On Sunday at Mass, we picked up the story a couple of weeks after Christ rose from the dead. In the Gospel reading, we hear […] [Read more]