Archive for January, 2017

Is it confusion or different approaches?

Monday, January 30th, 2017

A very small number of people, whose voices have been amplified by some of the Catholic media, have challenged the integrity of Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. Yet, what seems to be at the heart of the issue is not a misstatement of doctrine in the exhortation but rather its invitation that we […] [Read more]

Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Schools

Monday, January 30th, 2017

The annual celebration of National Catholic Schools Week brings back for many of us memories of our own experience of the gift of Catholic education.  Mine include the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who taught me at Saint Mary of the Mount School.  Yet, this experience is not something relegated to the […] [Read more]

Reflections on White House Executive Order

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Earlier today, I sent the following letter to the priests of the Archdiocese of Washington regarding the recent White House executive order. Today, I write to you regarding the recent White House executive order which suspended entry into the country of foreign nationals from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, for 120 days, […] [Read more]

Why We Pray and March and Speak Out

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Some time ago I visited a mother who had given birth to sextuplets – six tiny bundles of life. As I gave a blessing to each of them, with pride in her voice and joy in her eyes, she described that child’s own identifiable personality even though they were so young and tiny that I […] [Read more]

A Way of Life

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Over the last week, American civic values have been on full display as many people have travelled here to witness the presidential inauguration, as well as some who have raised their voices on a whole host of issues. Unlike these, one event in our nation’s capital is not a once-every-four-years occurrence or every decade or […] [Read more]

Assisted Suicide: A Choice Without Compassion

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

As we pray and walk together in defense of vulnerable unborn life later this week, we recognize that life at the other end of the spectrum is increasingly threatened as certain extremist groups mount aggressive campaigns to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Soon, the Maryland General Assembly is expected to consider a bill that would allow doctors […] [Read more]

Inauguration Day Prayer

Friday, January 20th, 2017

In 1791, in the early days of our nation under the Constitution, Bishop John Carroll wrote a Prayer for Government then under the administration of our first president, George Washington. On this day more than two centuries later which sees the inauguration of a new president, I would like to adopt this prayer and raise […] [Read more]

Christian Unity Shows the Way for Social Unity

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

The Church is one as Christ’s Body is one even though there are many parts to that body, even though it is made of many different individuals from different backgrounds and cultures and who might experience life differently. If there are fractures in that one body, if there are divisions among people who claim Christ […] [Read more]

Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, whose holiday our nation celebrates today, appears to have made quite an impression on Pope Francis judging by the many times he has praised the great civil rights leader. For example, in his exposition on love in chapter four of Amoris Laetitia, the Holy Father noted how Dr. King “met […] [Read more]

Creating a Culture of Encounter

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

National Migration Week is observed this year from January 8-14, with the theme of “Creating a Culture of Encounter.” This time “is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants,” states the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in promoting this initiative, adding, “too often in our contemporary culture we fail to […] [Read more]