Archive for October, 2017

Good News in the On-Going Challenges to Our Religious Liberties

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

It is a pleasure to share with you news that last Friday evening a binding agreement was signed between the United States Department of Justice and Jones Day, the law firm representing this archdiocese and more than 70 other religious entities and dioceses across the country. This settlement brings to a conclusion our litigation challenging […] [Read more]

Revitalized Parishes as Centers of the New Evangelization

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Parishes play an essential role in the Church’s mission of spreading the Gospel.  The 2012 Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization recognized that parishes are the places where so many people most experience the life of the Church. In the parish, one encounters Jesus in the initial proclamation of the Good News of salvation, […] [Read more]

The Good News of Salvation in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Although superseded this year because it falls on a Sunday, October 15 is usually the day when the Church lifts up for us Saint Teresa of Avila, a doctor of the Church whose witness and writings continue to offer lessons for the people of God. Like the modern age with its rapid changes and diminished […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Roe v. Wade through the Eyes of Our Youth

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The Youth Rally and Mass for Life in January is one of the highlights of the ministry of the Archdiocese of Washington.  One can’t help but be uplifted by the energy and enthusiasm of the tens of thousands of young people who fill local arenas to stand up for the sanctity and dignity of all […] [Read more]

Five Years After the Synod on the New Evangelization

Monday, October 9th, 2017

The 2012 Synod on the New Evangelization led by Pope Benedict XVI emphasized the call for all of today’s Catholics to continue the work of the first disciples in bringing the Gospel to the world by sharing our faith with others with renewed conviction, determination and enthusiasm. That mission could be seen in two historic […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: University Mass for Life Homily

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

October is Respect Life Month and over the next few Thursdays, beginning with this homily I gave last year, I would like to share with you some past reflections on the great issue of our time – the value and dignity of every human life.  In our efforts to build up a culture of life, […] [Read more]

Humanity and Salvation in Jesus Christ

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

God is Love and everything has its origin in this love.  Out of his love, God created us humans in relationship with himself to enjoy life and eternal happiness with him.  Made in his image, this love which gives us life also points to the dignity and meaning of all human life.  Yet, led astray […] [Read more]

“Lives Worthy of Respect”

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

This morning at Georgetown University, I spoke at a special program, “Lives Worthy of Respect,” which I invite you to watch below. The talk is followed by a panel discussion with Professor Helen Alvare of the George Mason University School of Law; Tony Lauinger, Vice President, National Right to Life; Sr. Mary Louise Wessell, C.S.J., […] [Read more]

The Love of God will Prevail over Evil

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

The nation is waking up this morning to horrific news – a mass shooting in Las Vegas that has left at least 50 people dead and over 200 wounded. This is a time for all of us, the whole nation, to pray for them, their families and friends. Such senseless acts of deadly violence boggle […] [Read more]