Posts Tagged ‘religious freedom’

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]

World Youth Day Voices for Peace

Monday, July 25th, 2016

World Youth Day 2016 begins tomorrow, but many young pilgrims from around the world are already there in Kraków, including groups from the Archdiocese of Washington and also a special contingent from Iraq. In solidarity with our sisters and brothers from that land where the Church is suffering deadly persecution, and with all others who […] [Read more]

The Need for Tolerance in the Land of Diversity

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Years ago in the days of my youth, when we were so engaged in the effort to establish a more peaceful world and experience more peace in our own country, we heard the often repeated challenge of Pope, now Blessed, Paul VI: “If you want peace, work for justice.” Today, I wonder if we might […] [Read more]

The Roots of the Tree of Liberty in America

Monday, July 4th, 2016

When Father Andrew White and company boarded the Ark and the Dove back in November 1633 on voyage to establish the colony of Maryland, what they had in mind was freedom, not gold or conquest. They simply wanted the freedom to live and practice their faith openly without constraint or domination, together with the opportunity […] [Read more]

Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witnesses to Freedom

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

In the state of affairs in which we find ourselves these days, the Fortnight for Freedom is offered to raise awareness and encourage people to speak out and defend our Catholic faith and Church. The American experience for two centuries had recognized the importance of religion in shaping political and cultural life. And priding ourselves […] [Read more]

Pray for the Holy Church of God

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

As we prepare ourselves for the sacred Paschal Triduum that begins tomorrow, culminating in the triumph of Easter, we follow the way of the cross that was traveled by Jesus two millennia ago and has continued to be traveled by his body in the world today, the Church.  The Church does not only meditate and […] [Read more]

The Legal Arguments for Religious Liberty in the Challenge to the HHS Mandate

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

As a follow-up to yesterday’s summary review of the major issues involved in the legal challenge to the HHS Mandate brought by the Archdiocese of Washington, its affiliated organizations and others, I would like now to share with you some of the specific legal arguments presented in the briefs filed with the Supreme Court. The […] [Read more]

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 Supreme Witness of Saint Thomas Becket and Christians Today

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Ever since I first learned of the life and martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket, whose feast day is today, I have had a great devotion to him. From the accounts in T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral and the 1964 film Becket, to those in the history books, the more I learned about this man, […] [Read more]

Selective Tolerance

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Earlier today I joined representatives and religious leaders from a wide range of faith traditions for the Faith over Fear walk. This pilgrimage of hope began at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, paused at the Washington National Cathedral and continued on to the Islamic Center. The messages along the way included a call to speak up […] [Read more]